We are Society of Facilitators and Trainers

The SOFT works to grow the community of practice for all those who facilitate, establish nationally and internationally accepted professional standards, build credibility and promote the value of facilitation and training around the globe

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Membership benefits

SOFT welcomes everyone with an interest in facilitation and Training and their widespread use in helping people work together effectively.

 

SOFT members vary in their facilitation and training practice. Some are new to the field, while others have years of experience. Our members work in government, corporate, non-profit, education, community, and international development sectors, to name but a few. Some work in-house, others operate as external consultants.

 

Some SOFT members use facilitation as part of their broader work as coaches, project managers, trainers or mediators. Others work exclusively as facilitators, focusing solely on designing and delivering effective group processes, independent of content. Yet all SOFT members affirm the SOFT Statement of Values and Code of Ethics and promote the inherent value of an individual and the collective wisdom of a group.

 

Here are three good reasons to join the SOFT:

1) You need us. Like you, SOFT members work with groups, helping them to fulfil their potential to bring about positive change in the world. We understand the challenges you face as you introduce participatory processes designed to make groups more inclusive, collaborative and effective. Peer support, on-going learning and professional development are key to surviving and thriving as a facilitator and to advancing the profession.

 

2) We need you. As a membership society, we want to include as many voices as possible in the global conversation about the importance of facilitation to groups and organisations everywhere. The SOFT celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2016 and is moving into a new phase of growth. Your membership helps us extend our reach and build a strong, international network.

 

3) The world needs great facilitators.  Look around. At every level of society, in every country and region, groups are seeking ways to address complex issues, resolve internal conflicts and make good decisions together. Leaders increasingly recognize the importance of fostering interdependence and shared responsibility. Skilled facilitators fill an essential role in enabling positive changes.

“When you become a member of the Society of Facilitators and Trainers, you are not buying a service, but rather joining a greater community.”

Membership Options

SOFT membership is open to all facilitators, anywhere locally and globally, who support the SOFT’s statement of ethics and values.

Our membership fees are designed to take into consideration both the varied economic contexts in which facilitators function and the financial resources required to operate a society.
Members can choose between three fee options. All levels include full membership benefits.

Facilitator Life-Time Member   PKR 3000.00 USD 50.00 Once
Annual Member   PKR 500.00 USD 10.00 Annual
Trainer Life-Time Member   PKR 3000.00 USD 50.00 Once
Annual Member   PKR 500.00 USD 10.00 Annual
Corporate Member     PKR 5000.00 USD 100.00 Once

 

Some of the benefits of your SOFT membership include:

Credibility

SOFT membership conveys that you affirm and apply the SOFT Statement of Values and Ethics, the only national and global professional standard for facilitation practice.

 

Permission to use the SOFT member’s logo on your website, business cards, email, blog and other promotional materials;

 

An opportunity to nominate your clients for the SOFT Facilitation Impact Awards, which honours excellence in facilitation and its positive, measurable impact on organisations.

 

Visibility

All members may add their facilitation-related resources to the SOFT online Knowledge Centre.

SOFT Registered Professional Facilitators are listed in a searchable online directory for clients.

SOFT members can apply to have trainings assessed and publicly listed as an SOFT Endorsed Training Program.

 

Professional Development

Activities that advance your facilitation using the SOFT Core Facilitator Competencies, a basic set of skills, knowledge and behaviours that lead to effective facilitation.

Ability to apply and undergo assessment for the SOFT Certified Professional Facilitator designation.

Special rates and advance registration options for the SOFT’s workshops, conferences, and other regional, national and local events.

 

Network

Access to the SOFT Members Directory, a nationwide network of facilitators and Organizations who work in many different cultures and regions and who can provide advice, contacts and support.

Participation in your region’s leadership team, news and events.

Ability to join a SOFT Network or local chapter or Network Organization, and if none yet exists, support to create one.

 

Stay Current

Subscription to the SOFT’s newsletter for members about the latest trends, activities and developments in the field.

 

Participate

As a volunteer-led association, members participate in shaping the organisation and the discussion about the development of facilitation worldwide.

Participate in member-driven initiatives that work to promote the power of facilitation worldwide, join the virtual Annual General Meeting, and the nominate and elect your Board of Directors.

“Of my three most recent contracts, one came as a direct result from a contact made through my SOFT membership; another was a result of being an SOFT Certified Professional Facilitator. I would estimate the amount I have spent on membership, certification, and recertification has been earned back 100 times over, in the last decade”.

Jam Khalid., SOFT member, Islamabad, Pakistan.