Training and counseling can be highly effective in increasing people’s ability and motivation to follow the promoted behaviours. Despite this potential, they are frequently designed and delivered in an ineffective manner. The following resources were chosen to help you ensure that your project’s training and counselling sessions are implemented in the best possible way to deliver the desired outcomes. Let us know if you think that an important resource is missing. 


Training Guide on Effective SBC Communication and Facilitation Skills

2020, ADRA
This training guidance aims to increase the effectiveness of interpersonal SBC communication activities conducted at the community level. It intends to ensure that people who promote the desired behaviors, such as community health volunteers or agricultural extension workers: understand the importance of effective communication know what makes a behavior change communication...

Make Me a Change Agent: A Multisectoral SBC Resource for Community Workers and Field Staff

2015, TOPS, CORE Group
These lessons seek to build the skills of community-level workers, such as community development agents, community health workers, and agriculture extension agents, so that they can be more effective behavior change promoters in their communities. The lessons are not sector specific, and are tried and true generic skills, such as communication and storytelling, that can help a...

Make Me a Change Agent: An SBC Resource for WASH, Agriculture, and Livelihoods Activities

2020, SCALE, PRO-WASH
The training guidance is an adapted version of the Make Me a Change Agent produced in 2015. It focuses on strenghtening the SBC communication and facilitation skills of community-level workers working on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), agriculture, and livelihoods. This guidance is available also in French and Amharic. 

Care Group Website

This website provides many useful resources on the use of the Care Group approach. A Care Group is a group of 10-15 volunteer, community-based educators who regularly meet together with project staff for training and supervision. Each volunteer is responsible for regularly visiting 10-15 of her neighbors, sharing what she has learned and facilitating behavior change at the household...

Engaging Grandmothers to Improve Nutrition: A Training Manual for Dialogue Group Mentors

2011, USAID, IYCN Project
This manual provides mentors of grandmother dialogue groups with the information and techniques they need to encourage discussions on family care and optimal infant and young child feeding. It provides step-by-step guidance to facilitate a three-day training workshop that uses group activities, focused discussions, brainstorming, and role-playing to introduce issues such as breastfeeding,...

How to Deliver a Workshop or Training

2018, People in Need
This short and practical guide helps you prepare and implement effective trainings and workshops.

How to Design and Carry Out Participatory Training Workshops

FAO
This short guide provides practical tips on designing and implementing participatory trainings and workshops. 

Facilitator’s Toolkit

2005, ARC
The toolkit has been produced as a resource for people who will be facilitating training. Its content is divided across several topics that broadly cover the following issues: principles of learning guidance on preparing for training guidance on how to use the participatory training methods guidance on the writing and production of...

Training of Trainers

Pathfinder International
This publication provides guidance on adult learning, facilitation skills, training methodologies, visual aides, conducting a training needs assessment and planning and evaluating training.    

Counselling and Training Materials on IYCF

UNICEF
This website includes a range of useful counselling and training materials on improving infant and young child feeding (IYCF), including training aids, counselling cards, key messages booklet, and brochuers. 

Stories Without An Ending: An Adult Education Tool for Dialogue and Social Change

2017, Aubel, J.
The purpose of this guide is to help organizations involved in community programs to develop and use the Stories Without An Ending (SWE) approach. This adult education tool can be used to actively engage community groups in discussion of issues of priority concern to them and/or to development programs and to catalyze discussion of those ideas in the wider community. The generic SWE methodology...

Visioning-Based Behaviour Change Approach to Family Planning

2014, USAID
This document describes a behavior change approach developed specifically for private practicing midwives to generate demand for family planning products and services and address unmet need for modern contraceptives in the Philippines.