Technology of Participation – Facilitative Leadership Program
Tap into depth of thinking and breadth of ideas and knowledge
Harness individual and collective creativity and energy
Build shared understanding, purpose and commitment
Develop leadership qualities and capabilities at all levels
It is an approach of first choice for effective leaders, managers and coordinators, and for educators, coaches and mentors.
ToP Facilitative Leadership Program
The ToP Facilitative Leadership Program enhances the understanding, capability and performance of participants, in a highly participatory, experiential and learning-centred atmosphere.
Going beyond tools and techniques, it enables practical application of essential theoretical foundations and ethical principles to underpin the effectiveness of a facilitative leader.
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At the end of each module participants have a statement of completion, a comprehensive set of course notes and concrete proposals to apply and practice what they have learned in real-life roles and work environments. They will also have access to coaching and mentoring from experienced facilitators.
This format builds competence and confidence in continuing use and development, and deepens understanding of the vital role of facilitative approaches in leading change.
So why this Program?
- It encompasses a range of levels of learning, competence and application, from facilitation skills to integrated facilitative leadership development.
- It offers ways of doing, ways of knowing and ways of being.
- It is suitable for ‘novice’ level up to ‘veteran’ level.
- It builds confidence in participants to be leaders through learning which is practical, participatory and experiential.
- Participants practice in a safe supportive environment and give/receive feedback.
- It provides templates and resources with on-going value.
- It meets industry and professional training needs to a nationally accredited standard.
- Our leaders are skilled and experienced adult educators, and are active in facilitation across their field.
- It offers pathways from single Module attendance to postgraduate qualifications.
- Participants can find their own level.
- There is no requirement to choose or commit to a pathway up-front.
- It offers flexibility in start and finish times and rates of progression.
- There is no fixed schedule or prescription.
- Participants can adjust their engagement as development needs or life situations change.
- It is offered around Australia, New Zealand, and beyond, via public subscription events and tailored ‘in-house’ development programs.
- Transportability across locations enables access to diverse facilitation styles to deepen learning.
- Each level of engagement in the program emphasises and supports real-life application of learning.
- This develops and strengthens performance and confidence in a wide range of roles and settings.
- Tried and tested content, theoretical foundations and ethical principles.
- Backed by decades of international field experience and proven achievement across different cultures and sectors.
- It continues to engage and benefit thousands of practitioners who work in many locations around the Australasia-Pacific region and beyond, in a wide range of roles and applications.
- Local and regional networks of practitioners remain connected with global networks to share learning and enable continuous improvement in practice.
Levels of learning
Skills and abilities for facilitating collaborative planning and solution finding
Conceptual frameworks for understanding & leading change in behaviours, structures and cultures
Intensified by MINDSETS:
Stances and convictions for anchoring methods & models in personal action and authentic facilitation
Sustained by MASTERY:
Integrating facilitative leadership into everyday roles in groups or organisations
Exploring dimensions of:
Developing competence in
Leadership as facilitating PARTICIPATION:
Utilising tools for planning and decision-making
Leadership as facilitating
Developing new thinking and understanding
Leadership as facilitating TRANSFORMATION:
Leadership as facilitating INTEGRATION:
Working at the
managing process and delivering products matched to objectives
Working at the
developing knowledge and conceptual understanding through interpretation
Working at the
feelings, associations, values, ethics, beliefs, spirit & motivation
Working at the
integrating methods, models & mindsets in
One program – a host of benefits and applications
- We need to keep a group focused and on-task.
- We are challenged to reconcile differing points of view.
- Interactions are dominated by one or two vocal people.
- Our meetings fail to reach a decision or move towards action.
- A group lacks commitment to carry out the required actions.
- We think we are leading but no-one seems to be following
Harness energies of all participants in a sense of common purpose
Create shared understanding
among diverse participants
Achieve more robust
and enduring outcomes
Develop a practice of internal reflection and action learning
Elicit creativity from
diverse styles and intelligences
Enable richer dialogue and
Build agreement with ownership
Strengthen confidence to lead
in a facilitative way
One program – a choice of pathways
For consistency, ToP FLP modules may not be presented in different ways to reflect these different pathways.
Distinctions arise from each award requiring different levels of learning, and demonstration of competence in different units of competency. In turn this requires different levels of project work to be undertaken and associated evidence to be compiled, and this may require different levels of mentoring.
This strategic overview lists titles only – prospective CToPF candidates need to refer to criteria and standards for CToPF assessment, and award candidates need to refer to performance criteria for assessment / RPL against units of competency.
Attendance at individual face-to-face modules.
- For people who just want to pick up some skills and approaches to help them do parts of their work better.
- A Certificate of Attendance is given for each module.
Certified ToP Facilitator (CToPF)
- For people who want to facilitate sessions really well, with depth and rigour.
- It involves completing all seven face-to-face modules above, and compiling evidence for assessment.
- Specific assessment processes, criteria and standards apply to the CToPF.
10443NAT Diploma of Facilitative Management
- For people who use group facilitation processes as one part of their everyday roles to manage collaboration, consultation or engagement.
- Examples include: executive officers, community development officers, relationship managers, extension officers, and coordinators.
- It involves completing Modules 1-5 above, and mentoring to develop assessment evidence.
- Specific assessment processes, criteria and standards apply to the four units of competency of the Diploma.
DFMGFM501A Manage ToP facilitation processes
DFMSTP502A Manage ToP strategic thinking and planning processes
DFMDVS503A Facilitate within diverse value systems
DFMPIN504A Facilitate principled influencing and negotiating
10444NAT Graduate Diploma of Facilitative Leadership
- For people for whom facilitative leadership is a major part of their roles.
- Examples include: high-level change agents, senior managers and consultants, who may have a high level of responsibility and accountability for leading change interventions.
- It involves completing Modules 1-7 above, and mentoring to develop assessment evidence.
- Specific assessment processes, criteria and standards apply to the six units of competency of the Graduate Diploma.
GFLGFI801A Lead ToP facilitation interventions
GFLSTP802A Lead ToP strategic thinking and planning
GFLDVS803A Lead within diverse value systems
GFLPIN804A Lead through principled influencing and negotiating
GFLSOC805A Lead social and organisational change
GFLFVE806A Model the values and ethos of facilitative leadership