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ToP Facilitation Methods Leadership Online: Intensive

Gain real world experience in applying ToP methods in leadership situations. This unique course provides an understanding of ToP along with hands on experience to deepen your capacity to use it in your work. This course offers small group and personalized one-to-one coaching, reference materials, and opportunities to design facilitation plans for your unique situation. Ideal for leaders who want higher engagement and motivation from teamwork.


This course provides an intensive pathway to applying ToP Facilitation Methods, whether face-to-face or online. This unique format, developed for online delivery and facilitation, is for individuals who want training that includes both an understanding of these methods alongside hands on experience with ToP Methods in order to deepen their capacity and confidence to use them in their work.

This 9-module course over several weeks, provides the knowledge comprehension and skill practice necessary to apply a rich learning experience back on the job immediately. The curriculum includes structured reading reviews, active participation, discussion, and debriefing of professionally led demonstrations. Participants then design processes, facilitate groups outside of class with a group of their choosing, and report back on their experience. Coaching, provided in small groups and personally for each participant, includes written feedback on facilitation designs and tips for adapting the online tools provided for each situation. 

Each learning module is 2.5-hours and covers one of the following three
methods each week.

Focused Conversation – Provides a structured approach to meaningful conversations to increase awareness of differing perspectives and foster a deeper understanding of any topic.

Consensus Workshop – Provides a method to leverage collective thinking to enable individuals to expand their perspectives, identify areas of group agreement, and gain comfort in moving forward with practical and creative solutions.

Action Planning – Integrates both the focused conversation and consensus workshop methods in a dynamic process to enable any group to create actionable plans that include ownership, timelines, and success measures.


For each of the above methods, participants are introduced to the structure, theory and background of the method through pre-session readings, class discussion, exercises and participation in a demonstration. Participants then create process designs for their facilitation practice and a group of their choosing. They share their designs in small groups and submit them for personalized feedback from an expert ToP instructor. Supported trainer feedback and coaching, participants facilitate their designs in real practice with a group of their choosing. When participants return to class, they share thoughtful reflections on their facilitation experiences and resulting questions.

The course includes:

  • Access to state-of-the-art online learning platform containing tools and resources during and for six months following the course
  • An 82-page comprehensive manual
  • An instructor for each 5 registrants
  • Individual coaching outside of class
  • Templates for participant use in online sessions
  • Design tools and resources
  • Small coaching teams led by an expert ToP instructor
  • Two reference books (The Art of Focused Conversation and The Workshop Book both by R. Brian Stanfield)
  • Continuing Education Credit - 16.5 NCHEC (CHES & MCHES), 14.5 AICP (APA) and 14 PDU (CAPM)
  • Certificate of Completion

This course is ideal for leaders who want higher engagement, motivation, and greater results from teams and anyone who desires more hands-on learning to apply the methods in their unique environments.

Course Applicable To:

Leaders who want higher engagement, motivation, and greater results from teams and anyone who desires more hands-on learning to apply the methods in their world

  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Executive Directors and Board Members
  • Project and Team Leaders
  • Educators and Health Practitioners
  • Active Citizens and Community Workers
  • Facilitators, Trainers and Consultants
  • Government Employees and Elected Officials



Continuing Ed Credits

14.5 AICP (APA)



Course Pricing: Corporate or large nonprofit - $1,650, Public or government - $1,450, Independent Consultant or Mid-sized nonprofit - $1,350, Student or small non-profit - $900

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