Mastering ToP

Mastering the Technology of Participation

Course Type: Advanced
Pre-requisite: ToP Facilitation Methods; ToP Strategic Planning
Time Required: 12 days of learning (presented in three-day increments, quarterly)
Fee: $4,000

$3,600 (Early Bird, paid 3 weeks in advance of the course)

Please be aware that course prices are changing in 2018. We will honor the 2017 price if your registration is paid in full by December 31, 2017. We appreciate your cooperation.




Minneapolis Dates:

  • April 25-27 2018
  • July 25-27, 2018
  • October 24-26, 2018
  • January 23-25, 2019

San Francisco/Bay Area Dates:

  • August 16-18, 2017
  • November 15-17, 2017
  • February 21-23, 2018
  • May 23-25, 2018

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About the Course*
MToP is an intensive yearlong training program in ToP methods for those wishing to significantly increase their skills in group facilitation. MToP promises to deepen and increase your ease and enjoyment of using ToP methods. MToP provides a variety of ways to apply each of the core ToP methods. The program provides both a theoretical foundation and opportunities for practice and feedback. In MToP, you will co-learn together in a supportive community that continues long after MToP ends. The faculty for MToP is composed of mentor trainers who successfully use these methods across the country. MToP enables you to complete the core competencies required to become a Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF).


  • Lead large groups with complex facilitation challenges
  • Get new practical tools for initiating and sustaining organizational or community change
  • Learn to focus challenging groups to be creative, productive and achieve effective action
  • Gain skills for designing facilitations and complex change processes
  • Experience the many ways to creatively use ToP methods with groups
  • Learn through practice and support from a community of colleagues committed, like you, to advancing their facilitation skills
  • Research facilitation design problems specific to your own interests

*Receive monthly mentoring. Practice facilitating with real groups.

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Mastering ToP

Who Should Take This Course

  • Facilitators who want to master their knowledge of ToP facilitation   methods
  • Organizational leaders
  • Organization development consultants
  • Consultants and facilitators who want to prepare to become a Certified ToP Facilitator


  • Discover the rich and engaging theory underpinning the ToP methods
  • Increase your capacity and confidence as a facilitator
  • Learn new applications and new facilitation tools
  • Receive opportunities for practice and feedback
  • Form a powerful learning community that will continue beyond MToP
  • Increase your ability to design and facilitate diverse events

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