Question Asking and Using in Community Development 14/4/2016

Are you wondering:

– How to ask good questions in communication?

– How to ask questions that encourage the questioned to find answers on their own?

– Why is asking a right question much more important than finding the right answer to a wrong question?

– How important is stimulating other people to discover, develop and handle their own issues in particular as well as to develop communities in general?

Let’s look for answers to these questions in our talk “Question asking and using in community development”.

TIME: 07:00 – 09:00 PM, Thursday, 14/4/2016.

VENUE: Tea Talk Café, opposite No. 91 Trung Kinh, Hanoi

Facilitators: Trainers of Community Health Program and American experts of Community Development.

Participants: Anyone interested in asking and using good questions

Registration link:

Deadline: Before 14/4/2016 (The registration link may be closed earlier than the deadline if there are enough people registering their participation)

(To support our program, please use Tea Talk’s service at the price of 30,000 VND for a drink and a cake)


Hotline: 0943 201 219 / 04 3783 6230 (Ms. Phuong Luong)


Center for Counseling, Research and Empowering Community (CoRE) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization under the social enterprise Tea Talk Vietnam. CoRE’s mission is to make a contribution in forming a developing community through education and counseling programs, social work and other creative activities associated with indigenous culture.

Resource Exchange International (REI) is a nonsectarian, charitable, and educational organization. REI’s mission is to engage, encourage, equip, and empower people in emerging nations to strengthen the strategic sectors of their countries.


Community Based On Health Care Workshops


Following the success of the first step of Community Health Training – “Mentoring and Coaching Workshop”, Resource Exchange International (REI) continues collaborating with Center for Counseling, Research and Empowering Community (CoRE) in implementing “Community Based Health Care Workshop” to equip social workers with exploring how communities can effectively take ownership for their own health and development.

Taken place from 15th to 18th October 2015 at Tea Talk Cafe with 26 participants including Community Developers, Social Workers, teachers and students in relative field, day 1 of training began with a look at worldview and neuroscience as influencers in how people change. This was followed by a review of the previous workshop on Mentoring and Coaching, sharing how those skills have been used practically over the past 4 months, and connecting coaching with neuroscience and change. The rest of the day was spent looking at community based health care (CBHC), community development, and some of the factors that affect the overall life of the community. The questions for group discussion included “What is Community?”  , “What are aspects of Life in Vietnamese Community?”  , “What is Community Development?”  , “What is Community Based?”  .


The discussions defined above concepts such as: “A Community is a group of people living together in a defined geographic location and sharing common interests, culture and resources. The aspects of life in Vietnamese community include geographic location, education, economy, law and policy… “Community Development” is A process in which the people of a community grow in their ability to solve their own problems and take control of their lives resulting in growth of the whole person (physical, psychological, spiritual) and improvement of the various aspects of their community (health, agriculture, water, relationships, etc.).

CoRE_CBCH 2 Day 2 built on the idea of community development by looking at Empowerment – what it is, how it relates to communities, and how it can encourage communities to reach their potential. Participants learnt that “Empowerment is Equipping people with what they need in order get the results they are trying to achieve. Appreciative Inquiry, Resource Mapping and Coaching were several tools that were presented as a means for the community health worker to facilitate empowerment in the community. These tools were practiced in group and used on Day 3 during a field experience by all participants.

Day 3 began by dividing into 5 groups of 5 people which visited 5 different communities including businesses and homes to practice Appreciative Inquiry, Resource Mapping and Coaching questions to help themselves and the communities see the assets and resources they have upon which they could build. On returning, participants discussed what each group discovered during the exercise. The sociology of change (Diffusion of Innovation), Approach to Human Need and Helping That Hurts were introduced in the afternoon that helped participants explore the effective ways to work with community.


(Some pictures of Resource Mapping drawn by participants after doing interviews with communities)

Day 4 looked again at Coaching skills and Level of Learning that showed which stage people need a coach. Besides, trainers reviewed how communities actually change and demonstrated the Problem Solving Process as a practical tool in that process. The participants tied all the concepts together from the 4 days, discussed and made a specific plan to access, partner and empower community to apply them in their various settings. Finally, the possibility of future training was discussed with CoRE leadership members and the participants.


(Some pictures of Community Development plan presented by groups of participants)


Mentoring and Coaching Workshops


Our health is perhaps the thing we take most for granted and, as a global community, we are often too late to realize when something is wrong. Here at CoRE, we believe whole-heartedly that through greater social awareness and education – we can move past our previous misconceptions about health, and develop, as individuals, into an entire community of care givers and receivers.

From the 18th – 21st June, in partnership with Research Exchange International (REI), CoRE hosted a series of community health training workshops, as part of a bigger program designed to equip Social Workers with adult learning and coaching skills integral to engaging community health staff. As well as this, participants would be mentored in health campaign management and local partnership building – with the aim of not only improving the skills of community health professionals, but also providing them with the confidence to initiate social change independently.


The program was assembled by American anthropologists Dr. Gary Hipp, Mrs. Merri Lee Hipp and Dr. David Bjork and called upon a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of public healthcare and community development.

Part I of the workshop, “Mentoring and Coaching”, took place towards the end of June and proved to be a huge success. NGO health care professionals, social workers and university students were all in attendance – many of whom were already friends of CoRE from previous workshops.


The aim of part I was to familiarize the students with different mentoring and coaching techniques that can then be transferred to the local community. In doing this, participants would then be able to teach others how to become mentors – thus enabling the wider community to actively engage in public health.

The students started off by getting to know each other and the workshop directors. Then, participants explored the differences between mentoring and coaching, and the effect that assuming either of these roles will subsequently have on the health care receiver. Discussion then turned towards effective adult learning methods and the LePSA (Learner Centered, Problem posing, Self Discovery, Action Oriented) framework – which places importance firmly on the learner, rather than the facilitator. Read more