2024 Schedule

Seattle, WA In-Person:
September 11-13, 2024 (Leadership Edition*)
Pacific Tower | Panorama Room
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT (1-hour lunch)
Trainers: Mike Beebe and Sherry Johnson

Portland, OR In-Person
May 30-31, 2024
McMenamins Kennedy School
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT (1-hour lunch)
Trainers: Judy Weddle & Dennis Jennings

Vancouver, WA In-Person
December 10-11, 2024
Hosted by SouthWest Accountable Communities of Health (SWACH)
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT (1-hour lunch)
Trainers: Mike Beebe and Judy Weddle

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:


    • Managers and supervisors

    • Executive directors and board members

    • Facilitators, trainers and consultants

    • Educators and health practitioners

    • Active citizens and community workers

*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.


    • Conduct purposeful discussions

    • Capture a group’s best thinking easily

    • Surface new ideas and solutions

    • Stimulate candid feedback


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


    • Tap rational and intuitive thought processes

    • Integrate diverse ideas

    • Generate practical and creative solutions

    • Develop group consensus


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


    • Visualize a successful result

    • Analyze the current reality

    • Create a practical plan

    • Maximize group involvement


What are the benefits learning facilitation methods?


    • Unproductive conflict disappears

    • Groups create their own motivation

    • Personal commitment becomes the norm

    • Visible results appear more quickly

    • Increased productivity saves time and money

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).




    • Corporate/for-profit, $1250 / $1850 Leadership Edition

    • Public/government, $1050 / $1550 Leadership Edition

    • Individual Professional $950 / $1450 Leadership Edition

    • Nonprofit


        • large institutions (budget > $5 million), $1250 / $1850 Leadership Edition

        • mid-sized (budget $1-5 million), $950 / $1450 Leadership Edition

        • small/community-based (budget <$1 million), $650 / $1050 Leadership Edition

    • Student, $650 / $1050 Leadership Edition

May 30-31, 2024 | Portland

September 11-13 | Seattle
Leadership Edition

December 10-11 | Vancouver, WA

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.