Facilitator FAQs

Do you have to do separate training for each module?

Each type of module needs to be accredited separately, as it’s important that each Facilitator can evidence to equivalent standards. This retains the integrity of the strategy and the Footnotes Programme, because in our experience when Footnotes is altered or blended with other techniques this can seriously limit its effectiveness and even bring about outcomes that may not necessarily be desired.

The training provided can often give overlapping delivery of various modules, depending on the direction that you as a facilitator wish you go in. Online training sessions, conferences and residentials are appropriately clustered to maximise your specific area of use. The amount of training needed for each individual module will vary from person to person, but we expect that the more you have the easier it will be to accrue new ones.

Would I be unprepared if I haven’t seen someone actually using the grid and how it’s introduced; particularly in different settings, for example with adults, individuals or groups?

The idea of our online training is that you the trainee apply what you are learning in your local context. This is the best opportunity you’ll have to see Footnotes at work in your particular field. When appropriate and possible a Facilitator trainer could be booked to help you set up the use of Footnotes Programme in your locality. 

Because the strategies have so many varied applications, there is no better place to start than folding the grid and allowing the conversation you are having with the people you’re working with to start populating the grid as you talk. Training and support regarding sensitive and appropriate use of the grid is often included in your early training sessions. We can focus on this more where relevant to your needs.

There is no one way of introducing or using the grid with any group or individual, it is unique to each situation. The best way to be ready for this is to start using the grid, and know the particular needs of the people you are with. If you try too much to develop a theory of Footnotes in the first instance, this can either limit or overcomplicate it’s use. People are all different and so Footnotes needs to remain fresh and flexible within an advised remit so that it can be as effective as possible.

I would like to see the bigger picture. Would I use the grid on a regular basis, i.e. once a week, every day, or how often? 

It’s obviously helpful if you are a grid user yourself, in some way or another, as this might give you a guide as to your own experience of reaching for a grid for the various needs you use it to address.

Grids are useful in all sorts of contexts, you could easily find yourself using some of them several times a day, for example, organisation ones are used throughout the working day. Others may be done once, with no further editing, but remain a reference point for years to come.

Therefore, regularity of use is very much dependent on both the grid you are using, and the desire of yourself and the people you work with to use it.

Can students use it by themselves at home or is it always in a controlled environment with a facilitator?

Absolutely, in most situations they can and should use it by themselves! 

In any one group of students, can I use different grids with different individuals in the same class?

Yes, this is actively encouraged. Multiple concurrent use of the grid series are recommended, as we believe they tap into and develop the mind’s effectiveness and multilayered tendencies. It helps to promote each individuals unique response to a given situation. 

What is the reaction from the ‘education system’? Is it widely accepted?

More and more institutions and organisations are validating Footnotes consistent ability to offer support in educational and pastoral contexts. This includes schools in the UK, Europe and Africa, as well as youth offending teams, adult support settings and those responding to intense crisis situations in, for example, the Middle East.

When I look at the different grids, they seem very varied and could be useful in a very wide range of scenarios. How can the Facilitator differentiate between what will be the most suitable?

We can help you to decide this when you begin to train. It may be that you choose an initial set, which you can add to later according to your own timescale.

The often preferred route to choosing appropriate modules happens through using the strategies you started with, as the use of one grid readily highlights the benefits of further strategies. It is easy to add these to your portfolio (sometimes with little or no training if you are already proficient in others).

In some situations it can be difficult for the facilitator to know what support will be required until they’re underway with using one or a number of grid modules. This is where top-up online training becomes popular, as it offers even as little as 25 minute training slots just in advance of your next facilitating session.

Can I use the grids with students/recipients prior to being accredited?

We actively encourage you to practise using the grids with others. Find a recipient where trust has been established, where they are aware that you are in the process of receiving training and accreditation, and stick to the information that you have been given by a Footnotes Facilitator resource or trainer. Let us know who and how you are supporting with Footnotes, as we can help support you as you develop your practice. Examples of those you’re working with will make up the work that you send in for assessment, which leads to accreditation. In therapy type situations and with the pastoral related modules we highly recommend that current and prospective Facilitators have had professional advice as to the appropriate use of the module in their specific context.  

How long does accreditation take?

Depending on how fast you learn, it can be as little as a few hours input before you receive your first module. Indeed, if you are already proficient then you might be able to evidence it straight away without further training. Accreditation will only be awarded once you have demonstrated successful use, so this timeframe is up to you.

How many sessions am I going to need?

There isn’t a fixed number of sessions for any of the modules as each training need/situation is different. As soon as you feel ready to, you can send in examples of the use of your chosen module(s). We can then advise on any further training needs before sending you a certificate. Once a facilitator has one or two modules under their belt the hand over of the other chosen modules can be quicker. Some modules have more training needs than others.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to make contact with us!