Register by September 25, 2012 to receive the Early Bird Special Price of $1,475.00 USD ($1,050.00 USD for NCSPOD Members)**.

After September 25, 2012, price for this workshop will be $1,800.00 USD.

Registration for the 2012 NCSPOD conference will be available shortly.

**Not sure if your organization is a NCSPOD member? Please email Daryl Peterson, the NCSPOD VP of Membership (

This AIFT is open to all individuals and organizations. North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) has joined with us as a partner in offering this training to support its members' professional development just prior to the national conference in Washington DC / Rockville, MD 2012. 

*Registration includes three full days of instruction, light continental breakfast, instructional materials, reading prior to the training, a post-training webinar and a supervised practicum. Additional work outside of the training is required to ensure that all requirements for certification are met.

Group Rates: (based on space available)

Groups 5 or more: $925.00 USD (NCSPOD price) Groups 5 or more: $1,200.00 USD (non-NCSPOD)

Note: To redeem the group rate price, you will need to fax or call the office at 702-228-4699 to process your registration and payment. Thank you.


Monday October 15, 2012 at 8:30 AM EDT
Wednesday October 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM EDT

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Hotel Information:

The 2012 NCSPOD International Conference will be held at the

Rockville Hilton Hotel

1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852-1699

All AIFT participants and conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel and travel arrangements.

The standard room rate for the 2012 conference will be $129 (USD) for all rooms --single and double occupancy.  The rate does not include applicable taxes. This group rate is available up to two days pre- and post conference, subject to availability.

To make reservations by phone:

1.  Dial 1-800-HILTONS. Inform them that you would like to make your room reservations under the NCSPOD room block.

2.  State your arrival date and type of accommodations that you require.

3.  Have a credit card available to hold the room.

4.  Please make your reservations before September 25, 2012 as any unused rooms being held for our conference will be released at that time.

5.  Check-in time is after 4pm and check-out time is 12pm.

To make online reservations: Please click here.


Sara Aguilar (Email)
Company of Experts, Inc.
Tel: 702-228-4699 / Fax: 702-242-6182

Flexible Registration Options:

Don't want to register for this AIFT training online? Company of Experts has created flexible registrations for you...

Fax: To register by fax, click here to download our registration form, fill it out, and fax it to our office at (702) 242.6182. You will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days to confirm your registration .

Phone: We also process registrations taken over the phone. Just call our office (702) 228.4699 and we will be happy to process your order over the phone.


Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852-1699

The Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel and Executive Meeting Center is located across the street from the Twinbrook Metro Commuter Station, and only 8-miles away from the White House and the popular Smithsonian Institute sections of Washington. Our Rockville hotel offers easy access to the Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Health, the Department of Human Services building, along with many visitor destinations such as Strathmore Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian National Zoological Park (National Zoo), Georgetown, Dupont Circle, the National Mall and the monuments.

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Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT)
Washington DC/Rockville, MD - October 15 - 17, 2012

What might be possible if community of organization members were fully engaged and using their strengths to collectively achieve shared visions?


Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities in hundred of countries around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning, fully engaging everyone in the organization.


Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training© (AIFT) engages participants to learn about the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry as well as the skills to co-facilitate inquiry sessions. At the end of this intensive Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT), participants will understand how to guide organizations, groups, and communities to consciously and deliberately shift their collective way of being and seeing to an appreciative approach, that will help them focus on what's right in their organization, group or community, rather than on what's wrong.

This Appreciative Inquiry foundations course includes mini-lectures, and experiential learning (individual, pairs, trios, small group, and large group) as well as auditory and visual materials to enhance the learning experience. Each day has a morning and afternoon session; a morning and afternoon break; and one hour for lunch.

This training is designed for:

Leaders in businesses and corporations, community development, educational organizations governmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations--in short, anyone who wants to learn how to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry. We encourage a team of at least two people from each organization, group, or community to attend so they can return home ready to co-facilitate AI sessions.

Our objective:

By focusing on the organizations strengths, you can evolve into a true “center of excellence” while avoiding the risks and pitfalls associated with “reinventing” operational service, delivery and support. The refocus may include everything from reducing risk and long-term capital cost—by understanding what is and is not critical to the overall success of the organization—to refining and optimizing service levels through effective and efficient business solutions.

To enhance the outcomes and planning processes currently in place by using a strengths-based approach (Appreciative Inquiry). Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a highly adaptable philosophy and process for engaging people in building the organization and world that they want to work and live in. By encouraging a broad range of stakeholders, both within and outside the system to ask positive questions about peak experiences or successes, create shared meaning of the answers, and act on the responses. AI serves as a wellspring for transformational change.

Our approach:

Our approach revolves around a simple idea: building upon the organization’s strengths – by providing skills and confidence to the Stakeholders to develop a framework for planning and implementing change and developing energy for that change. One of the fundamentals of our success is utilizing the existing talents and resources of the organization to enhance customer satisfaction, business goals, and stakeholder engagement.

We are committed to providing the expertise necessary to help organizations achieve their success and retention goals while reducing their training and operational costs. We have a series of recommendations that organizations may choose from based on time and financial opportunities that drive the organization through to its vision.

The Center for Appreciative Inquiry and Company of Experts developed their training and coaching programs for immediate and long-term impact, focusing on changing workplace practices rather than trying to change people.


This special edition of the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training has been designed to include asynchronous and synchronous learning to complement the NCSPOD conference in Washington, DC / Rockville, MD. Participants must complete the three full days of intensive onsite learning, plus online study, live webinars (to be scheduled), readings and exercises, and complete a supervised practicum (case study) which typically consists of five to forty hours of planning with client/Core Group, designing, delivery to stakeholder population, and documenting the inquiry (case study).

The full schedule will include the foundations, theory, and application of Appreciative Inquiry to fully engage you to:

  • DAY 1: Experience the power of Appreciative Inquiry. Learn the basic process and experience AI by participating in a facilitated Appreciative Inquiry session led by the AIFT trainers.
  • DAY 2: Believe in the power of Appreciative Inquiry. Actively learn about the concepts, principles, theories, and research of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • DAY 3: Practice and Facilitate Appreciative Inquiry. Plan and practice how you will begin helping your organizations, group, or community build upon their strengths.
  • Supervised Practicum following the intensive on-site training.

We start each day on time and work diligently to maintain the schedule, honoring the commitment to the learning experience. We have found full participation to be the most productive for the participants and the trainers.  To obtain a letter of completion (and to be eligible for consideration for certification) each participant must complete 24 training hours. The training room opens at 8:45 a.m. for check-in and networking. Training sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day.


Outcomes - Certification
At the end of the four-day training and completion of a supervised practicum, participants will be eligible for certification to facilitate or co-facilitate Appreciative Inquiry sessions in a program, department, division, organization, group, or community on any topic that focuses on human systems change, i.e., "the way we do things." Learn more about our AIFTs outcomes and certification requirements.

Nearby Airports
Reagan National Airport  -  visit their website to book your flights.
Dulles International Airport - visit their website to book your flights.

Please note that travel, accommodations and hotel/airport transportation are not included. We advise that you do not make any nonrefundable travel arrangements until the training is confirmed.

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