Trisha Bergin-Lytton, M.Ed.
Mediator, IEP Facilitator, Trainer & Consultant




The goal of facilitation is to help the IEP/IFSP team improve the way it identifies and solves problems then makes  decisions in order to increase the IEP/IFSP team's effectiveness.  The results of an IEP/IFSP Meeting that is facilitated can be much more productive and time-efficient than previous IEP/IFSP Meetings.

The facilitator's role is to support and advocate for the IEP/IFSP meeting process, while the team focuses on the IEP/IFSP content with the purpose of gaining early resolution while improving team relationships.

Benefits of a Facilitated IEP/IFSP Meeting:

      Promotes a collaborative IEP/IFSP process
      Fosters open communication
      Maintains focus on the student's needs
      Encourages proactive teamwork
      Assists the team to problem solve
      Guides attention toward the future
      Supports decision-making by consensus
      Endorses the investigation of and evaluation of options
      Models effective communication and listening techniques
      Enhances cost effectiveness compared to a due process hearing

The facilitated IEP/IFSP process is designed to work best when the disagreement is student or situation specific.  If a dispute raises systemic concerns or a situation that does not appear to be solution-oriented, then this process is not a viable option.

IEP/IFSP Facilitators are advocates for a collaborative process and not for a particular outcome.




Trisha's IEP Facilitation Resolution Results
1997 through 2016

(over 380 F-IEPs)

AVERAGE  =   99%