Facilitation Foundations Online Course - January 31, 2024


1/31/2024 – 3/27/2024

Every other Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT

You will be able to access online materials for the course beginning on January 17, 2023.


$385 to register. Waitlisting is free and if a spot becomes available, we will contact you for payment.

Primary Competency

Communication Skills


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).

The scholarship application form will close on January 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM MT (four weeks before the first live session). 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 weekly 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 one's self as a facilitator.

5 Live Learning Sessions: EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY, 10Am-12Pm (MT)

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.

  1. 01/31: Session 1
  2. 02/14: Session 2
  3. 02/28: Session 3
  4. 03/13: Session 4
  5. 03/27: Session 5

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

Look for an email from us 2 weeks before your first live session with instructions on how to access the course online. If you don’t see an email (don’t forget to check your spam folder), email 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.

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

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Self-Assess: Interpret your facilitation style and focus.
  • Know the Information: Define the 5 types of social power.
  • Act Appropriately: Compare appropriate facilitator actions at each stage of group development.
  • Engage Participants: Describe engagement strategies that encourage inclusivity and address power.
  • Facilitate Group Think: Compare approaches for idea generation, idea evaluation, and decision-making.
  • Gather Feedback: Describe how to gather and use feedback for continuous improvement of your facilitation.
Length of Learning Opportunity
20 hours over 10 weeks
Registration Information

Click on "register" to register for the course. You will need to log in or create an account. Please email registration.rmphtc@ucdenver.edu with registration questions.

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Meladie Lowe, MSW

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment




Melissa C. Baron, Ph.D.

Lead Professional Learning Facilitator

RMC Health


Development Partner(s)
Technical Requirements

Live Sessions

You must join the Live Learning Sessions by video (an external webcam or built-in camera in your laptop, tablet, or smartphone). Our staff can help you get set up if this is new for you.

Online course materials

You will be sent an invitation to the Learning Management System approximately 2 weeks before the first Live Learning Session. You will need to sign in, do some activities and make sure that you know how to connect to the Live Learning Session. Don’t worry about the technology!  We have staff to help you. You’ll receive all the information you need once you log in.

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