ToP Facilitation Methods

icausa-logo“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

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ToP Facilitation Methods
December 7-8, 2017
Beaverton, Oregon
ToP Facilitation Methods
New Dates Added!
December 19-20, 2017
Beaverton, Oregon

You Can Also Bundle 2 or 3 ToP Courses to Save!

When you register for the prerequisite ToP Facilitation Methods, you can save $50 off the early bird rate for ToP Strategic Planning and $25 Approaches to Environmental Scanning. Three amazing trainings!

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ToP Strategic Planning
December 12-13, 2017
Beaverton, Oregon
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December 14, 2017
Beaverton, Oregon
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Course Description

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.

  • Conduct purposeful, productive meetings and discussions
  • Quickly capture a group’s best thinking
  • Surface new ideas and solutions
  • Ask questions that stimulate candid feedback and discussion

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

  • Tap rational and intuitive thought processes
  • Integrate diverse ideas
  • Generate practical and creative solutions
  • Develop group consensus

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.

  • Visualize a successful result
  • Analyze the current reality
  • Create a practical plan
  • Maximize group commitment and involvement

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“I have used the facilitation method that I learned through your teaching several times. It is such a fabulous tool. I cannot say enough good things about it.”
–Past Participant


After taking this two day interactive learning course you will be able to:

  • Reduce time spent on conflict resolution and prevent conflicts
  • Allow groups to discover their own motivation
  • Attain a deepened commitment from group members
  • Point to visible results
  • Save time and money through increased productivity

Who Should Take This Course?

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.


Group Facilitation Methods is the prerequisite for many other ICA listed courses, including Strategic Planning  and Environmental Scanning Approaches.

Pricing & Cancellation Policy

$605 per person up to 21 days prior to the training. If you register less than 21 days before the training, the fee is $655.

You will be refunded all but $100 of your registration fee if you cancel more than 10 days prior to the course start date. If you cancel 10 days or less before the start date, you will not receive a refund. You will have up to six months to transfer your registration fee to another course. A $100 transfer fee will apply unless the new course is in the same area.

Continuing Education Credit

AICP CM units: 14.5 CM for ToP Facilitation Methods and ToP Strategic Planning

CHES-MCHES hours for Certified Health Ed Spec: 13.5 available for ToP Facilitation Methods

More Testimonials

“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

Another Reason to Register Today: Prices Going Up 2018!

Prices going up January 1st, 2018 for all ToP courses. If you’re considering any of the courses, now is a great time to get 2017 pricing! Register for any of the courses until December 31, 2017 and you’ll still get the 2017 price.

Looking for 2018 Dates?

If you register for the prerequisite ToP Facilitation Methods, you can save $50 off the early bird rate for ToP Strategic Planning

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Register for December 2018
ToP Facilitation Methods
June 20-21, 2018
Beaverton, Oregon
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ToP Facilitation Methods
December 5-6, 2018
Beaverton, Oregon
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ToP Strategic Planning
December 11-12, 2018
Beaverton, Oregon
Save $50 off Early Bird
Coupon code TOP2BUNDLE

Note: You will be redirected to the ICA Memberclicks website for registration.
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