Courses at a glance

Sacramento Professional Facilitators is proud to present a variety of stimulating courses to enrich your skills. We specialize in imparting a unique method of facilitation called the Technology of Participation (ToP®). We combine high quality materials with professional instruction to deliver the best value to you and your organization.

We emphasize skills, application, and reinforcement so that our customers leave a seminar with knowledge and skills that they can put into practice immediately. Our programs are integrated into your organization’s business approach so that your employees see how the training relates to their work environment.

Below are course highlights. Click on the course name to read more.  Register by selecting the course and date from the course calendar on the home page.

ToP Facilitation Methods – Leadership Edition

Learn three proven ways to activate group participation – the focused conversation, consensus workshop, and action planning. All can be used alone or creatively combined. Hands-on practice helps you discover practical uses in your life and work.

ToP Strategic Planning

The ToP strategic Planning process builds on your learning form the ToP Facilitation methods course, showing you how to weave those methods into an integrated approach to strategic planning. The resulting plan is realistic, achievable, and easy to monitor.

ToP Secrets of Implementation

Do your clients have difficulties sustaining a plan once it has been initiated? Do you sometimes have difficulties helping your clients stay on track, bring new people into a team and bring closure? This course is about keeping plans and projects alive, relevant, doable and achievable. There is a large and powerful component for peer mentoring in this course.

Accelerated Action Planning

Energize and align your team toward a common goal in the time it takes to have a regular staff meeting. Learn all the practical details that ensure a successful project. This process is especially useful for small teams of 4 – 10 members who are planning an event or project within the next few months

Approaches to Environmental Scanning

Planning for the future is most effective when the team understands its history and current dilemmas and has paid attention to emerging trends. Environmental scanning provides a way to help the a team quickly tap into relevant factual data and customer, staff or community perceptions.

Facilitation for Innovation: Inspiring Group Creativity

Expand your skills to facilitate group creativity, innovation and strategic thinking.  Experience exercises and receive a reference book of tools and resources that help a group limber up thinking, see a problem from many perspectives and find pathways for action.

Facilitation Graphics

Words communicate symbolically. Words married to visuals communicate more deeply and dramatically.  There is a power in the visual – it shapes experience, refreshes, enlivens and deepens communication.  Engage hands on in exploring materials, techniques and processes for developing a graphics library, organizing information visually and creating templates to use with your groups.

Mastering Technology of Participation (MToP)

MToP is an intensive yearlong training program in ToP methods for those wishing to significantly increase their skills in group  facilitation. MToP promises to deepen and increase your ease and enjoyment of using ToP methods. MToP provides a variety of ways to apply each of the core ToP methods. The program provides both a theoretical foundation and opportunities for practice and feedback. In MToP, you will co-learn together in a supportive community that continues long after MToP ends. The faculty for MToP is composed of mentor trainers who successfully use these methods across the country. MToP enables you to complete the core competencies required to become a Certified ToP Facilitator (CTF).

Power of Image Shift

Individuals, groups, and organizations sometimes need to rethink and adjust to the current reality. The Power of Image Shift course helps you to thoroughly understand the complexity and depth required in transformational change. This course provides tools to design facilitation or training sessions that result in effective change.

Social Process Triangles

The Social Process triangles provide a well-tested approach to analyzing the current reality for organizations and communities.  For those working in local communities, businesses, government, issue campaigns, social networks, faith-based groups – both volunteers and public servants alike, the triangles can provide a simple and transparent tool for assessing and working with the dynamics of the situation.

ToP Focused Conversation Method

A ToP Focused Conversation is a facilitated group conversation that promotes inclusive and meaningful conversation through four structured phases of reflection: from the simple to more complex aspects of an issue.  The process enables people to engage in a conversation of honest discovery where one speaks, listens to differing views, develops new understanding and perhaps even different perspectives through the process.

Virtual Facilitation Online

Productive, virtual teams deliver results on time and on budget. Learn to facilitate engaging virtual meetings, where participants exchange ideas, manage projects and solve problems. This course was designed as an online learning lab for those who want to focus on learning to make meeting and events collaborative, participatory and engaging. Learn to use the ToP Focused Conversation method in virtual meetings.


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