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The foundation of ICA-USA's training courses is The Technology of Participation (ToP)®, a unique method of facilitation. ToP courses provide participants with skills for creating and sustaining a climate of involvement in the workplace. Participants experience the methods of participation, talk about the theory behind them, practice them in small groups, and then get feedback on their styles and skills. Participants leave the courses ready to immediately apply what they've learned.

The ToP methods use innovative approaches, which have been extensively researched and field-tested for more than 30 years and are supported by practical results that have proven sustainable over time. Leaders gain a renewed confidence in their capability to support participative approaches and strategies in their organization and communities.

Each course comes with a participant workbook, which becomes a practical tool for future use. Courses vary in length from one to 12 days and can be custom designed with additional consultation. The training courses are divided into two categories to assist in describing their uniqueness.

Skills Transfer Courses with a Major Emphasis on Practice: ToP Facilitation Methods (TFM) (two days)

This is an intensive methods transfer course for experienced facilitators to learn the three collaborative methods that are the foundation of the Technology of Participation: Focused Conversation, Consensus Workshop, and Action Planning.

ToP Strategic Planning (TSP) (two days)

Participants learn a systematic and comprehensive participatory strategic planning method for organizational change and transformation. (Prerequisite: TFM)

Title of Course/s:
Group Facilitation Methods,
Participatory Strategic Planning
Length of Course (# of Hrs/Days):
16 hours / 2 days
Minimum No. Participants:
10
Maximum No. of Participants:
20
Commercial Price
$4,950.00
Government Discount
24%
Discounted Government Price
$3,990.00
Price per each additional participant in excess of the minimum
$349.13
Note: Additional Quantity Discounts: Price per each additional participant is $349.13 for participants 11-16 and must be in increments of 6. The discount is 12.5%. The price of each participant (17-20) is $299.25 for a government discount of 25%. The ideal course size is 20 participants.


ToP Facilitation Methods Lab (three days)

Participants learn the three ToP methods of group collaboration and have the opportunity to practice "on the job" applications.

Title of Course/s:
Group Facilitation Methods,
Participatory Strategic Planning
Length of Course (# of Hrs/Days):
24 hours / 3 days
Minimum No. Participants:
10
Maximum No. of Participants:
20
Commercial Price
$7,450.00
Government Discount
24%
Discounted Government Price
5.985.00
Price per each additional participant in excess of the minimum
$523.69 or $448.88
Description of Class
This is an intensive methods transfer course for experienced facilitators to learn the three collaborative methods that are the foundation of the Technology of Participation: focused conversation, the workshop method and action planning. This lab also offers the opportunity to practice "on the job" applications.
Note: Additional Quantity Discounts: Price per additional participant is $523.69 for participants 11-16 and must be in an increment of 6. The discount is 12.5% The price of each participant (17-20) is $448.88 for a government discount of 25%. An ideal course size is 20 participants.



Leading Focused Conversations (one day)

Participants learn and practice a method for mastering the art of leading groups and involving group members in in-depth discussions on significant and often difficult issues.

Facilitating Consensus Using the Workshop Method (one day)

Participants learn and practice skills for building group consensus and mobilizing action on critical priorities and thereby increase team effectiveness.

Rapid Participatory Action Planning (one day)

Participants learn and practice a method for helping groups to pull together an action plan quickly and collaboratively - from vision to implementation.

Title of Course/s:
Leading Focused Conversations,
Facilitating Consensus Using the Workshop Method,
Rapid Participatory Action Planning
Length of Course (# of Hrs/Days):
8 hours / 1 day
Minimum No. Participants:
10
Maximum No. of Participants:
30
Commercial Price
$2,950.00
Government Discount
7%
Discounted Government Price
$2,743.13
Price per each additional participant in excess of the minimum
$249.38 or $224.44
Note: Additional Quantity Discounts: The price for each additional participant is $249.38 for participants 11-15 and must be in an increment of 5. The discount is 9%. The price of each participant (16-30) is $224.44 for a government discount of 18%. The ideal course size is 20.



Application Design Lab (one day)

This was created for those who are familiar with ToP methods and want to use them on the job. It focuses on creating a design for a participatory event to be actually facilitated. Participants work in small teams with ToP trainers creating solutions to "real" concerns.

Title of Course/s:
Application Design Lab
Length of Course (# of Hrs/Days):
8 hours / 1 day
Minimum No. Participants:
10
Maximum No. of Participants:
30
Commercial Price
$2,500.00
Government Discount
25%
Discounted Government Price
$1,995.00
Price per each additional participant in excess of the minimum
$199.50




ToP for Managers (three days)

This is to transfer the skills for creating a participative, proactive, creative environment and culture. It is to support managers in their efforts to integrate effective group methods into their ongoing business practices. This course shows how to reach agreement on critical issues and develop and implement their plans. (Prerequisite: TFM and ToP Strategic Planning (TSP).


Title of Course/s:
ToP® for Managers
Length of Course (# of Hrs/Days):
24 hours / 3 day
Minimum No. Participants:
10
Maximum No. of Participants:
20
Commercial Price
$15,000.00
Government Discount
25%
Discounted Government Price
$11,970.00
Price per each additional participant in excess of the minimum
$981.54




MToP: Mastering Technology of Participation (ToP)® (twelve days over a one-year period)

This course was created for those wishing to become highly skilled ToP facilitators. It provides a theoretical foundation for the methods as well as opportunities for practice and feedback. A learning community is created that supports and deepens the participant's journey.