Facilitation Foundations

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Limited Scholarships Available

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center is pleased to share that we are offering a limited number of scholarships (2 total) to those working in our region (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY) who are interested in participating in this Facilitation Foundations course. Scholarship recipients will be asked to pay $35, after receiving a $350 scholarship, to enroll in the course and fully participate in the live sessions, discussion boards, and evaluation (at the end of course and the 6-month follow-up form).

Click here to apply for the April course scholarship. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to Cassidy Ray (Senior Project Coordinator) at cassidy.ray@cuanschutz.edu.

Ideal For: Introductory Level

This 10-week course uses highly interactive activities to build your capacity to facilitate meetings and coalitions that are efficient, effective, and lead to results.

To be a more effective and efficient facilitator, we’ll help you first understand your own facilitation style. You will learn how to anticipate, prevent and intervene in difficult situations to keep the group from derailing and halting progress. Additionally, we will explore structured strategies you can use to generate ideas, evaluate and select ideas, and make a group decision. You’ll learn to help a group meet its goals and take ownership of the process.

What to Expect

We use a flipped-classroom approach, so you’ll work through course content independently and then connect with a small cohort of peers biweekly for live learning sessions that provide an opportunity to ask questions, share your knowledge, and learn from others. This learning community promotes networking and self-reflection as part of developing oneself as a facilitator.

5 Live Learning Sessions

  • One live session by Zoom every other week.
  • Each session will include a facilitated discussion among class participants related to that week’s topic. A subject matter expert will lead the discussion, engage participants, and answer questions. Below is the schedule for our live sessions. Successful completion of this course requires your participation in these sessions by video using a webcam or built-in camera on your device. Contact us if you need assistance accessing a webcam.

Weekly Online Learning Activities

Each week, you must complete assigned online learning activities that include reading and watching videos. There will also be a short assignment in preparation for each live learning session that should take about an hour to complete.

Course Access

The course will materials will be available 2 weeks before the first live session. You will receive additional instructions at that time. If you don’t see an email (don’t forget to check your spam folder), please contact us at lms.registration.rmphtc@ucdenver.edu. Make sure you sign in prior to your first live session to complete the required activities and ensure you know how to connect with your camera.

Successful Completion

To earn a Certificate of Completion, you must complete the following:

  • Attend 4 out of the 5 live sessions. 
  • Post a minimum of 4 responses to the discussion board. 
  • Complete a 5-minute presentation during session 5 to share your skills. 
  • Complete the post-course evaluation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Self-Assess: Interpret your facilitation style and focus.
  2. Know the Information: Define the 5 types of social power.
  3. Act Appropriately: Compare appropriate facilitator actions at each stage of group development.
  4. Engage Participants: Describe engagement strategies that encourage inclusivity and address power.
  5. Facilitate Group Think: Compare approaches for idea generation, idea evaluation, and decision-making.
  6. Gather Feedback: Describe how to gather and use feedback for continuous improvement of your facilitation.

Length of Learning Opportunity

20 hours over 10 weeks

Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Development Partner(s)

This online module was developed with RMC Health Logo

We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please let us know of any accommodations that will assist your full participation.