“This was the best training I’ve had since joining the department.”
–Wayne Fanno, Ph.D., State of Oregon
“Invest two days in this course; the benefits are more than worth it!”
–Tricia Yates, Oregon School Boards Association
“I went in feeling insecure about my skills to lead a meeting and walked away from the experience feeling like I had started building a solid facilitation foundation. I now feel I have the confidence to lead a positive and productive meeting.”
–Meg Dethloff, USGS/PNAMP Biologist
June 20-21, 2018
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December 5-6, 2018
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This is our core course which has had consistent rave reviews for more than 10 years! The curriculum is developed by a national team of trainers and consistently revised and updated on a regular basis.
In this course you will learn three proven processes for activating group participation. You will also gain hands-on experience practicing methods and explore ways to apply them to your specific situation.
The Focused Conversation Method
Learn a structured process that helps you plan and facilitate a meaningful exchange of ideas. Discover ways to involve every member in thinking through difficult issues. This process heightens your effectiveness in facilitating virtually every form of group communication.
The Consensus Workshop Method
Energize problem-solving with a process that builds active participation and teamwork. Productively channel diverse ideas into consensus decisions everyone can own and support. Learn tools to facilitate groups to new levels of creativity and cooperation
The Action Planning Method
Master this powerful implementation planning process which enables you to help a group rapidly pull together an effective plan, organize needed resources and mobilize individuals’ energy into action.
After taking this two day interactive learning course you will be able to:
People who are actively involved in the leadership and facilitation of groups and teams including: Supervisors, executive directors, managers, professional facilitators, private consultants, training managers, educators, health practitioners, community specialists, concerned citizens and team members in high participation environments who need increased exposure to group participation methods to be effective.
Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Masters Certified Education Specialists (MCHES) earn 13.5 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for ToP Facilitation Methods recognized by the National Commission on Health Education Certification (NCHEC).
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for ToP Facilitation Methods (14.5 CM).
Early bird pricing available up to 21 days prior to the training.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations more than 10 days before the course start date will be refunded all but $150 of the registration fee. Cancellations 10 days or less before the course start date (including no-shows) will receive no refund.
TRANSFER POLICY: To transfer to another course date and/or location, an additional fee of $150 will apply. Transfers and attendance must occur within 1 calendar year of the original course registration, and can be transferred no more than 2 times. If there is no attendance within 1 year or a transfer exceeds 2 times, the registration fee will be forfeited.
Generally it is cost effective if you have 16 or more people attending. For example, the corporate cost for a 2 day in-house course for 16 participants is generally $13,775 USD in fees (includes 2 trainers, manuals, training supplies and royalty fee paid to ICA for intellectual property – excludes travel expenses).
You provide the space (need long walls or a whiteboard to place sticky walls with painter’s tape; movable tables and chairs), the participants and the refreshments. We supply everything else! Please contact us if you wish to schedule a ToP course inside your organization.
“I went through a ToP facilitation training several years ago and it was by far the best quality and most useful training I have participated in over the years. The co-facilitators (Barb and Judy) really bring the subject alive and help teach through applied learning.” Heather Ficht, Executive Director, East Cascades Workforce Investment Board
“The course is a don’t miss if you participate, lead, or have anything to do with a group of people! The fail-safe techniques ensure a group will produce it’s very best work and have fun doing so, with your help as a ToP facilitator.” Sheryn Olson, Biologist, USGS
“This course teaches you to think outside the box, challenge yourself and others during conversations, and engage people in tough brainstorms. It will bring out new though processes and help you realize how you can change how you have been facilitating meetings in the past.” Melissa Boles, Employer Services Manager at Workforce Southwest Washington
“You and Judy did a tremendous job teaching us. I am now using those methods continuously in my consulting and coaching, and they are so helpful. The Focused Conversation has really helped me frame up discussions so nicely. Thank you both!!” -Past Participant