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MAFN's May 21st Online Workshop: The Creative Force of Resistance - a Gestalt Perspective for Working with Groups

  • 05/21/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom


Duration: 3-hour workshop (includes a little networking time)

About the workshop:

Resistance is a natural and inevitable part of any group process, occurring whenever people anticipate change or confront boundaries. Rather than seeing resistance as an obstacle, we can use it as a way of supporting the work of the group, promoting healthy and productive engagement that allows them to bring their work to a close. 

By participating in this session, you will learn about the Gestalt perspective on resistance and ways you can use this to increase your effectiveness as a facilitator. You will be better equipped to help groups engage productively with resistance, resulting in improved outcomes.

Learning Objectives 

  • Heighten awareness of the different forms that resistance might take, and how to distinguish those variations.
  • Learn approaches to creatively engage with resistance at the level of self, individual, and the group.
  • Gain appreciation of resistance as a normal part of any successful intervention.

This is a 3-hour online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 3pm EST.


Michael Randel founded Randel Consulting Associates and works with a team of associates to support leaders and organizations through change and growth. The focus of his work with leaders and teams is helping them navigate through the complex challenges facing organizations today. As a result of his work, his clients are stronger, more successful and positioned for future growth.  

Michael works at individual, team, organizational and societal levels with the full spectrum of private, public and non-profit organizations. While most of his current work takes place in the United States, Michael has worked with clients in more than 30 countries. Michael is a graduate of the prestigious International Gestalt Organization and Leadership Development (iGOLD) program.  Learn more at


  • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
  • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
  • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
  • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM EST.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
  • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
  • For registration or membership questions contact

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