IPE Facilitators

On behalf of the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto, we would like to extend our thanks to all of our Facilitators. We sincerely appreciate your encouragement and guidance to students, assisting with their journey in interprofessional education, and also with the development of the University of Toronto’s Interprofessional Education Curriculum.

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Please visit the 'Upcoming facilitation opportunities' section for details on future IPE activities you can facilitate!

What is facilitation?

Facilitation is the process of helping groups, or individuals to learn, find solutions, or reach consensus without imposing or dictating an outcome. Facilitation works to empower individuals or groups to learn for themselves or find their own answers to problems.

What is a facilitator?

A facilitator is a process guide who focuses discussions and clarifies understanding, while encouraging shared decision-making and problem-solving. A facilitator assists the group in creating and achieving common goals and expectations. * Facilitators are not a content/topic expert.

Characteristics of a Facilitator

Facilitators need good communication skills. Effective facilitators are non-authoritarian, patient, flexible, intuitive, organized, confident, respectful and open-minded. In addition, they have good tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty and an eagerness to learn.


IPE Facilitator Testimonials

"Facilitation is an art that I will never master. You are drawing learners out, creating safety, helping them come together to create their own knowledge. It’s always different , because each group is different. I learn from every session I do. That’s why I love it."

"Facilitation in IPE adds an extra challenge, but there are added benefits as well. It’s such a pleasure to watch the group process, to see the “aha” moments as they learn from each other and to be part of their coming together as a team."

"In health care we are always working with others. I find myself using facilitation skills every day to help foster the collaborative communication we need to work with our patients."


If you have any questions regarding IPE facilitation, please contact ipe.utoronto@utoronto.ca