VFC is now offering this Course to learn Facilitation online in partnership with ICA Associates in Canada.
ToP GROUP FACILITATION METHODS — the 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
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.
Introducing Blackboard – Participate in an hour-long introduction session before the course begins to be familiar with the technology.
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.
- High-speed internet access
- A USB computer headset with a microphone
- Java – the most recent version
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Introduction Session – – – Fri Apr 20 – – – 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Module 1 – Focused Conversation Method – – – Mon Apr 23, Tues Apr 24 and Fri Apr 27 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Module 2 – Consensus Workshop Method – – – Mon April 30, Tues May 1 and Fri May 4 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Introduction Session – – – Fri Aug 10 – – – 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Module 1 – Focused Conversation Method – – – Mon Aug 13, Tues Aug 14 and Fri Aug 17 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Module 2 – Consensus Workshop Method – – – Mon Aug 20, Tues Aug 21 and Fri Aug 24 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Introduction Session – – – Fri Oct 26 – – – 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Module 1 – Focused Conversation Method – – – Mon Oct 29, Tues Oct 30 and Fri Nov 2 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Module 2 – Consensus Workshop Method – – – Mon Nov 5, Tues Nov 6 and Fri Nov 9 – – – 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Fee – $995 Canadian (approximately $800 USD)
Registering – Register on this website http://ica-associates.ca
To register, scroll to the very bottom of the page and select the date.
When you register for this course on this website, you will be registering for both modules at $995.
The individual modules can be taken separately for $550 (appx. $443 USD) each.
If you choose to take individual modules, please call us at 416-691-2316.
Materials below sent to you when you register
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.