VFC is now offering this course to learn facilitation online in partnership with ICA Associates in Canada.

ToP GROUP FACILITATION METHODSthe online course

Group Facilitation, ICA's foundational course on ToP facilitation, is now offered online. You can participate in this course from anywhere in the world with high-speed internet access. We use an interactive online environment with built-in audio that enables full participation. The course consists of 2 modules.

Module 1 – The Focused Conversation Method

Module 2 – The Consensus Workshop Method

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Each module is made up of three 120-minute online sessions and 2 ½ hours of participant preparation, reading and application exercises. The 3 sessions are scheduled within one week, on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. An e-book is provided for each module — Art of Focused Conversation and The Workshop Book. A course manual and worksheets are also provided.

Your commitment:

All sessions – A commitment to full time participation in all the online sessions and the homework exercises. Real Practice – You will need to secure the commitment of at least 3 people willing to be participants in a live, one-hour, face-to-face practice session, Wednesday or Thursday between the second and third session of each module.

 Technical Requirements

  • High-speed internet access
  • A USB computer headset with a microphone
  • PowerPoint
  • Access to tech support.

We can schedule an online GFM course for any group of 6-12 people at a convenient time and cost. Please contact Jo at jnelson@ica-associates.ca to make arrangements.  

 2019 Schedule


February 2019
Orientation Information & Materials will be sent in advance.
Module 1 – Focused Conversation Method – – – Mon Feb 4, Tues Feb 5 and Fri Feb 8 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Module 2 – Consensus Workshop Method – – –  Mon Feb 11, Tues Feb 12 and Fri Feb 15 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

November 2019
Orientation Information & Materials will be sent in advance.
Module 1 – Focused Conversation Method – – – Mon Nov 4, Tues Nov 5 and Fri Nov 8 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Module 2 – Consensus Workshop Method – – –  Mon Nov 11, Tues Nov 12 and Fri Nov 15   – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Fee – $995 Canadian (approximately $800 USD)

The individual modules cannot be taken separately.

If you need to refresh or complete an individual module, please call us at 416-691-2316.

Materials below sent to you when you register:

Orientation to the Platforms we will be using (Zoom and Linoit).

Module 1:  The Art of Focused Conversation book and the Focused Conversation manual
Module 2:  The Workshop Book and the Consensus Workshop manual

If you have already taken the ToP Facilitation Methods course in a face-to-face setting, contact jnelson@ica-associates.ca to register for this opportunity to deepen your understanding and application of the methods with individual feedback. Cost for TFM grads is Canadian $450 (appx. $362 USD) for both modules.  To arrange for this payment amount, contact Jo Nelson directly: jnelson@ica-associates.ca.

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