Facilitation Foundations Online Course - Summer


4/28/2022 – 7/7/2022


$385 for registrants, no cost for registering for the waitlist - payment arrangement will be made by staff if spot becomes available

Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Facilitation Foundations is a five-session course that uses highly interactive, skill-building activities to build participant capacity to facilitate meetings and coalitions that are efficient, effective, and lead to results.

As meeting and coalition facilitators, we share responsibility for the development of the groups with which we work and progress toward outcomes. Understanding your own facilitation style leads to more effective and efficient meetings and work time, and helps groups move toward their goals. Anticipating, preventing, and intervening during difficult facilitation situations keeps groups from derailing and halting progress. Using structured strategies to generate ideas, evaluate and select ideas, and make decisions can help a group meet their goals and take ownership of the process.

This is an introductory-level course for those whose positions call for facilitation skills, but who have not received in-depth training before.

What to Expect

  • This course will take 10 weeks to complete.
    • Online course materials
    • 5 live sessions (Please put these sessions on your calendar)
    • Course schedule – Thursdays, 10:00-12:00pm
      • April 28th – Course shell opens - NO SESSION
      • May 12th – Session 1
      • May 26th – Session 2
      • June 9th – Session 3
      • June 23rd – Session 4
      • July 7th – Session 5
  • Online course materials
    • You will have activities to do on your own between the live meetings.  The activities will include things like watching videos and reading.
    • There will be a short assignment to complete in preparation for each live session. (Live sessions go quickly. Doing the activities and assignments helps you use the time well.)
  • Live Sessions
    • A facilitator will lead guided discussions and activities related to the online content with you and your course-mates.
  • Communication
    • You should receive 2 emails from us before the course begins.  Please email us at registration.rmphtc@ucdenver.eduif they do not show up in your inbox (please check your spam folder, as well).
      • Registration confirmation – immediately after registering
      • Course welcome and instructions – 2 weeks before first live session
  • Certificates of Completion will be offered for this course based on:
    • Attendance in at least 4 out of 5 live sessions
    • Posting a minimum of 4 responses to the Discussion Board
    • Completing a 5-minute presentation of learning during Session 5 to share your skills or learning
    • Completing the post-course evaluation
Learning Objectives
  1. Interpret your facilitation style and focus
  2. Define the 5 types of social power
  3. Compare appropriate facilitator actions at each stage of group development
  4. Describe engagement strategies that encourage inclusivity and address power
  5. Compare approaches for idea generation, idea evaluation, and decision-making
  6. Describe how to gather and use feedback for continuous improvement of your facilitation
Length of Learning Opportunity
Live sessions + self-paced work = 20 hours, Certificate of Completion available
Registration Information

Click on the green "Register Now" button at the top left of this page. You will need to be logged in or will need to create an account prior to registering for this training. Creating an account will not automatically register you for this training. You will need to re-open this page and register.

Registration can be transferred up until May 4th, but no refunds will be offered.

Please email registration.rmphtc@ucdenver.edu with registration questions.

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Sarah Davis

Associate Director

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center






Melissa C. Baron, Ph.D.

Lead Professional Learning Facilitator

RMC Health






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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