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Successful Facilitator

Successful Facilitator Certificate

Facilitation Group Dynamics  •  Consensus-Building  •  Governing Boards  •  Co-Facilitation  

This certificate program is designed to equip local government professionals with a full range of practical skills to both design and facilitate effective meetings, retreats and community events. The highly interactive curriculum thoroughly covers group dynamics, consensus building, meeting management, problem-solving and relationship-building. You will have ample opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the key elements of facilitation. 

In this program, participants will:

  • Outline the key concepts and values of facilitation that lead to successful meetings – that are focused, productive, efficient, less contentious and more likely to produce desired outcomes.
  • Explain effective process dynamics, such as meeting management, creativity, problem solving and decision-making.
  • Explore group dynamics for a better understanding of the facilitation techniques that can be employed to engage various personalities, manage participant interactions and considerations of the dynamics of physical space.
  • Examine consensus building and group action planning techniques that enable successful transition from discussion to action.
  • Describe effective elected/staff relationship dynamics needed for successful policy/decision-making, discuss facilitation challenges of public events and skills needed to facilitate strategic planning retreats.
  • Demonstrate key results while working with elected officials, community members and local government peers.
  • Practice through simulations of group meetings and other settings, receiving peer and instructor feedback

Learning Objectives

You will learn how to:

  • Facilitate more effective meetings.
  • Navigate group dynamics.
  • Build consensus and empower group action.
  • Design Board retreats and community meetings.
  • Practice co-facilitation and provide peer feedback.


Participants can expect a highly interactive class with multiple opportunities to practice facilitation. Each class will incorporate small-group activities and facilitation with peer and instructor feedback.  Session topics include:

  • Facilitation and Effective Meetings
  • Group Dynamics and Facilitation Techniques
  • Consensus-Building and Group Action-Planning
  • Governing Boards, Community Groups and Elected Officials
  • Co-Facilitation and Peer Feedback

The 20-hour curriculum included in this program is scheduled over a five-week time period. Class meets for four hours on five consecutive Friday mornings.

Times & Dates

Session 1:            1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10 and 2/17  <<Register>>
Session 2:            10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 and 11/3 <<Register>>

All classes meet from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the MARC Conference Center.


The registration fee for the Successful Facilitator Certificate is:

$425 – GTI Member
$500 – Non-member


Jonathan Morris is the Government Training Institute Manager at the Mid-America Regional Council and has more than 20 years of experience consulting and facilitating in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Jonathan has taught at the KU Public Management Center since 2003 where he launched the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy and custom programs for more than 100 organizations. Jonathan previously served as director of a training center funded by the New York City Department of Mental Health. His trainings have earned best practice awards from the American Society for Training and Development in Kansas City and a Bright Idea Award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation of the Harvard Kennedy School.  


If you have questions about the Successful Facilitator Certificate program or customized training opportunities for your agency, please contact Jonathan Morris at 816-701-8306. If you would like to register for a 2017 session, email Beverly Wilson or call 816-701-8234.