Group Facilitation Methods

Powerful Methods to Facilitate and Build Consensus

Pre-Requisite: None*


*This course is pre-requisite for most other ICA courses and all Programs.


Move beyond "seat-of-the-pants" facilitation and reliance on instinct, to use the most powerful facilitation methods and processes available. Learn step-by-step approaches to clear thinking, sound decisions, solid consensus and open dialogue. Group Facilitation is foundational course for professional facilitators and will give you a thorough grounding in facilitation practice. 


This course has been endorsed by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) as part of the Professional Facilitator Program to lead you to become a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF). GFM alone covers many of the competencies required by the IAF.


Who is it For?


  • Experienced facilitators, it will help reinforce what you are already doing well and point out the areas that need work.
  • New facilitators by starting you out on a solid foundation with best practices used by professional facilitators around the world.
  • Executives, managers and other leaders by acquainting you with key facilitation skills that will immediately enhance your leadership capacity.
  • Consultants by showing how to engage your clients more effectively in discussions and solutions.
  • Presenters and trainers who will get new practical tools that will enhance the adult learning principles they know are important.
  • Anyone who wants to be assessed by the International Association of Facilitators as a Certifies Professional Facilitator (CPF).




Focus group energy on common goals

  • Enable groups to form consensus
  • Facilitate solid commitment to results
  • Encourage group creativity
  • Build motivation and improve morale

Help groups resolve conflict

  • Build respect and trust in groups
  • Create lively effective teamwork
  • Generate positive interaction
  • Make groups more productive and effective

Conduct easier, faster meetings

  • Save time and money on meetings
  • Involve participants in discussions
  • Get more ideas into the mix


Key Methods Taught

The Focused Conversation Method provides a structure for clear dialogue and reflection, probes beneath the surface to the depth of a topic, encourages a diversity of perspectives and leads to decisions.

  • Gets everyone participating
  • Encourages a diversity of perspectives
  • Provides a structure for positive dialogue
  • Gets beneath the surface of a topic
  • Builds common understanding

The Consensus Workshop Method provides a participation and respectful way to move a group toward consensus on those important topics that everyone wants a breakthrough.

  • Involved each group member
  • Gets all the ideas into the mix
  • Focuses the group consensus
  • Builds an effective team partnership
  • Enables you to facilitate large groups

Learn two powerful methods to enhance your facilitation skills

"ICA Associates Inc. provides the best training that I have come across. Their decades of learning and development have resulted in methods unsurpassed by anyone else in the field." - David Kraft, Director of Research, Strategic Communications.





Day One

The Focused Conversation Method

  • Demonstration of FCM
  • Theory and levels of thinking
  • Applications of FCM


  • Designing focused conversations
  • Practice leading conversations



Day Two

Consensus Workshop Method

  • Demonstration of Consensus Workshop
  • Theory and group dynamics
  • Applications of Consensus Workshop


  • Designing Focus Questions
  • Practice Consensus Workshops



When is this course given

To know when the next Group Facilitation Methods course will be given, please refer to our course schedule.


Number of Participants: 24


Course Period: 2 days (9:00-17:00)


Price: ¥60,000 (¥40,000/day in case of booking only one day)


Discount: 10% for Government officers, 20% for NPO officers, 40% for University students


GFM course includes The Art of Focused Conversation: 100 Ways to Access Group Wisdom in the Workplace by R. Brian Stanfield.