Cost:

Register by May 5, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Special Price of:

  • Standard Registration: $1,875.00 USD
  • Non-Profit Registration: $1,650.00 USD

After May 5, 2017, price for this workshop will increase to:

  • Standard Registration: $2,300.00 USD
  • Non-Profit Registration: $1,900.00 USD

Registration fees are inclusive of all taxes.

Registration Includes:

Pre-workshop reading, four full days of instruction, lunch, instructional materials (binder and book), supervised practicum for AI Facilitator certification, and support/mentoring for one year.

Please note: Your trainers are available as mentor to you during your practicum – at no extra cost. They will also be part of the panel that reviews your practicum once it has been submitted. It is standard practice for the panel to engage you in a conversation about your work once you have submitted your practicum. Typically, they will respond with questions, to deepen their and your mutual understanding of and learning about AI. The practicum review is therefore a dialogical and interactive process.

Group Rates Available

We offer discounted group rates (based on training space). Please email us to inquire for cost.

When:

Monday June 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
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Thursday June 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT


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Where:

The Centre for Social Innovation - Spadina
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7 Canada


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Event Contact:

Melissa Robaina (Email)
Company of Experts, Inc.
Tel: 702-228-4699
Fax: 702-906-1498

Flexible Registration Options:

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

Email: To register by fax, click here to download our registration form, fill it out, and email it to Melissa. 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.

Certified AI Facilitator Trainers:

Jeanie Cockell is a dynamic facilitator who is known for her creativity, sense of humor, sensitivity, and ability to get diverse groups to work collaboratively together. She is a leader in Appreciative Inquiry as an organizational and community development process, a research methodology and foundation for fostering collaboration in groups. Through her research and writing she has contributed to the development of new Appreciative Inquiry theory and practice. She is a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator trainer for the Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

Jeanie is an established author, contributing many articles to the International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry and has co-authored with Joan McArthur-Blair the book “Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force” (2012). She is currently working on a new book, “Appreciative Resilience.” More>

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Corrie Melanson is a Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and also holds certificates in Adult Education, Community Conflict Resolution and Graphic Facilitation and Recording. Corrie incorporates AI into her consulting and training practice.
 
The breadth and depth of Corrie’s experience and training has enabled her to work with a broad range of diverse communities and organizations on innovative and complex initiatives, including strategic planning and visioning; program design, facilitation, and evaluation; knowledge transfer and mobilization; community asset mapping and capacity building; and curriculum design and training.
 
Corrie excels at designing and facilitating dynamic change processes that build on individual and organizational strengths. As a process facilitator, she works with clients to develop effective learning and change processes that foster inclusion, collaboration and creativity. Her work with participants maximizes group dynamics, validates different learning styles, interests, and opinions while focusing on key objectives and outcomes. More>

Testimonials:

"It is exciting to be moving through each day in this new state of consciousness. I am grateful for the opportunity and excited about the potential."
Janel Sloan

"It was so much fun to finally have the opportunity to facilitate the entire process, and now, to submit my practicum for evaluation. I greatly appreciate the high quality of the Company of Experts AI training, and all that you do to keep the organization vibrant, including the email newsletter. Many principles of AI have been woven through other work I do."
Susan Sanford

"This was the best, most informative, richest, and most organized workshop I have attended in 25 years!
Joan Trottier

"This workshop was valuable and I appreciated the authenticity and solid information.  The opportunities to practice facilitation among the group."
Ritch Hochstetler

"The workshop was well done. The contents and presentation were valuable to improve my profession as a change agent."
Consultant, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada / June 19-22, 2017

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

WHAT IS APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY?

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.

WHAT IS APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY FACILITATOR TRAINING© (AIFT)?

Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training© (AIFT) engages participants to learn about the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry as well as the skills to 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.

TRAINING SCHEDULE AND HOURS

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.**

Day One - Experiencing Appreciative Inquiry
Learn basic process and experience AI by participating in a facilitated Appreciative Inquiry led by the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training Trainers

Day Two - Understanding the power of Appreciative Inquiry

Actively learn about the concepts, principles, theories and research.

Day Three - Planning
Plan and practice how you will begin helping your organization, group, or community build upon their
strengths.

Day Four - Practicing

  • Practice two exercises you can take home to use Appreciative Inquiry in your personal and professional life.
  • Practice choosing the best language, words for facilitating Appreciative Inquiry within a particular culture.
  • Begin developing your plan to become a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator by completing a Practicum/Supervised Experience.

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. Days one through four begin at 8:30 a.m. for networking. The training sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day.

**If you have special dietary needs, please email Melissa Robaina.

WHAT MAKES OUR TRAININGS UNIQUE?

  • We are relationship-focused. We believe the success of any human endeavor is dependent upon the relationships between those involved. We value each person and strive to develop a rapport, trust, and understanding with all of our clients by investing time and energy into understanding each client, their business, and their aspirations.
  • Trainings are small and intimate. The size of each of our training varies based on the location of the event, but rarely exceed 24 participants. Our intimate training sessions allow for extensive interaction between our trainer(s) and participants – allowing each participant to receive more assistance with individual needs.
  • Intensive and experiential. “We remember best what we experience. We understand best what we identify with. We learn best by doing.” We are aware of the importance of personal experience in the retention of learning. This is the underlying principle used in all of our workshops.
  • Support. Our intimate training sessions create the perfect environment for networking, motivation, and support with other workshop participants. We encourage participants to continue to share their challenges and experiences with one another even after our trainings have concluded. Support from others can provide the strength needed to continue on the path of positive, sustainable change.
  • Infused with Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) 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 around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning, fully engaging everyone in the process. AI empowers our participants to create the processes they wish to use in order to put belief into practice and acquire their goals.
  • Mentoring included. To ensure the successful implementation of the skill sets taught during our trainings, our trainer(s) make themselves readily available to answer questions, share knowledge, and provide on-going support and encouragement long after the training has concluded.
  • Certification. Many of our workshops include certification – at no additional cost to you. Certification demonstrates to your customers, competitors, suppliers, staff and investors that you use industry-respected best practices.
  • Low cost. Evolving positively in today’s changing environment requires that we constantly improve and build upon our skill sets. By providing our workshops at a low cost, we hope to attract more individuals, groups, and organizations who are expected “to do more with less”. We now offer group rates that provide additional savings on top of our already reduced workshop prices.
  • Expertise. Each of our trainers have a strong commitment to the theory and practice of their subject area — bringing a balance of education, consulting, and on-the-job experience to all of our trainings.
Our objective:

By focusing on the organization's 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 have developed their training and coaching programs for immediate and long-term impact, focusing on changing workplace practices rather than trying to change people.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING INFORMATION

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.

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Please note that travel, accommodations and hotel/airport transportation are not included in your registration fee.

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