2024 Schedule

Seattle, WA In-Person:
March 21-22, 2024
Tukwila Community Center
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST (1-hour lunch)

May 2-3, 2024
The PacMed Tower
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST (1-hour lunch)

September 11-13, 2024 (Leadership Edition*)
The PacMed Tower | Panorama Room
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT (1-hour lunch)

Portland, OR In-Person
May 30-31, 2024
Venue TBD
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT (1-hour lunch)

December 4-5, 2024
Venue TBD
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT (1-hour lunch)

April 22, 24, 26, 2024
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT

Course Objectives

ToP facilitation methods help groups to think, talk and work together. Learn to facilitate a conversation that leads from ideas to understanding, resulting in action. Learn and practice the core methods in this 2-day in-person or 4-part online series.



Who is this training for?

ToP provides facilitators with structured methods to guide groups, recognize and honor individual contributions, sort through mounds of data and find consensus – while minimizing conflict. ToP training is for anyone who works with groups that need high-level participation to be effective, including:

*What is the Leadership Edition?

A sister to our flagship 2-day facilitation course, this extended 3-day version highlights the role of the facilitative leader and offers additional practice opportunities in a more relaxed environment. 

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What You’ll Learn

Learn three proven ways to activate group participation. Hands-on practice helps you discover practical uses in your life and work. Participants work individually and in small groups to see the ToP Methods in action, and then have the opportunity to practice facilitating in class.


Learn the foundational approach that leads naturally to a meaningful exchange of ideas.


Practice the engaging, structured process that energizes people to reach consensus.


Walk through practical steps that help groups plan, organize resources, and build commitment.

What are the benefits learning facilitation methods?

Continuing Education Credits

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Masters Certified Education Specialists (MCHES) earn 13,5 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for ToP Facilitation Methods recognized by the National Commission on Health Education Certification (NCHEC).

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for ToP Facilitation Methods (14.5 CM).



March 21-22, 2024 | Seattle
April 22, 24, 26, 2024 | Online
May 2-3, 2024 | Seattle
May 30-31, 2024 | Portland
September 11-13 | Seattle
Leadership Edition
December 4-5 | Portland

Note: You will be redirected to the Institute of Cultural Affairs for your registration.
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Looking for In-House Training for Your Group?

You provide the space (long walls or a whiteboard to place sticky walls with painter’s tape; movable tables and chairs), the participants and the refreshments. We supply everything else! Please contact us if you wish to schedule a ToP course inside your organization.