About the Course*
Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods training helps groups think, talk and work together. It provides group facilitators with structured methods that allow a group to deal with more data in less time while incorporating the contributions of all. ToP methods enable integrated thinking and they help minimize polarization and conflict. This training teaches the foundational values of: Inclusive Participation, Teamwork and Collaboration, Individual and Group Creativity, Action and Ownership, and Reflection and Learning. ToP methods use innovative approaches that have been extensively researched and field tested. These methods are supported by practical results that have proven sustainable over time, giving participants renewed confidence in their capability to support participative approaches and strategies in their organization.
ToP Facilitation Methods – a three-part course
You will learn proven ways to activate group participation. Leave with powerful tools for planning events.
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ToP® Facilitation Methods is eligible for continuing education credit by National Commission for Health Education Certification (13.5 CECH) and American Institute for Certified Planners (14.5 CM).
Trainers: Laurie Dougherty, CTF and TBD
Qualifies for CHES and MCHES Credits.
Qualifies for CAE credits
Qualifies for Certified Planning Credits
Hotels nearest to the training are:
Double Tree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd. , Orlando, FL 32819
Hampton Inn - Closest to Universal
5621 Windhover Drive
Orlando, Fl 32819
ToP Strategic Planning - 2 day workshop*
The ToP Strategic Planning Process builds on the learning from the ToP Facilitation Methods course (a prerequisite). It demonstrates how to weave the basic ToP methods into an integrated approach to strategic planning. The resulting plan is realistic, achievable, and easy to monitor.
The five steps of the ToP Strategic Planning process are: Preparation and Design; Practical Vision; Underlying Contradictions; Strategic Directions; and Focused Implementation. Skilled trainers demonstrate each step of the ToP Strategic Planning process and clarify the rationale behind each step, providing examples from their own facilitation experience. Participants practice the methods during the course.
ToP® Strategic Planning courses are eligible for continuing education credit by National Commission for Health Education Certification (13.5 CECH) and American Institute for Certified Planners (14.5 CM).
Florida Dept. of Health employees will be invoiced after the event. Dougherty, Inc. is a MyFloridaMarketPlace approved vendor.
Hotels nearest to the training are:
Meetings that Work
Design and facilitate effective meetings
In today’s world of truncated timelines, increased workloads and demands for workplace democracy, we need group decisions made quickly, positively and with diminished frustration. We also need to ensure that meetings are effective, efficient and highly productive. This course is designed for the person who needs tools to enhance participation and productivity in various types of meetings.
• Move a group toward consensus.
• Diminish frustration in your meetings.
• Get better results from your meetings.
• Get people more involved.Enable people to become more productive
Learn how to:
• Increase the productivity of the group.
• Focus the purpose and intent of large and small meetings.
• Aid the group in its decision-making processes.
• Handle difficult situations in groups.
• Match process tools to each group's needs.
• Design effective agendas.
• Create participatory environments.
• Develop a sense of teamwork among team members.
This course includes descriptions, with references, of 72 facilitation tools and methods used by professional facilitators. You will learn how to design effective agenda items, meetings and facilitated events. Practice is an important component in this course.
Who Should Take This Course?
Meeting coordinators, supervisors, managers, inexperienced facilitators, Executive Directors, board members, team leaders, consultants, community leaders, teachers, health practitioners.
Links to Certificates and Certification
Meetings That Work is a core course and is needed for:• Professional Facilitator Program (PFP)
The Daily Structure
Session One: Participating in Meetings.
- Keys to effective meetings
- Nature of dialogue
- Ladder of involvement
Session Three: Designing Meetings
- Healthy communication
- STEPS for effective meeting
- Meeting design
Session Two: Planning Agenda Items
- Agenda design
- Detailed processes
- Tools and techniques
Session Four: Facilitating Meetings
- Stages of the journey
- Social styles
- Challenging situations
How is this course different from other ToP courses?
· This course is for the person who coordinates and leads meetings, and wants to know how the professionals do it.
· This course is for meeting coordinators who want to know how to make meetings that stay on track, get results in the meeting, and have effective follow-up built in to the design.
Questions? Call or text Laurie at 815-970-2145
Reservations are available at the Lodge:
Starved Rock State Park Lodge
Rt 178 & 71
Utica, IL 61373
Rates: starting at $110 per night
Dougherty, Inc.2388 SE 17th Terr., Homestead, Fl 33035Phone: 888-400-1029 Email: Laurie@Dougherty-Inc.com