Virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT)

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Virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT)

September 14 @ 9:00 am - September 25 @ 11:00 am PDT - CAI Online Learning Platform

What might be possible if a community of individuals were fully engaged and using their strengths to collectively achieve shared visions?

WHAT IS APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY?

Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities in hundreds of countries around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning, fully engaging everyone in the organization.

VIRTUAL AIFT PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT) © is a two-week online certification program that engages participants to learn about the foundations and principles of Appreciative Inquiry as well as provide the skills necessary to facilitate appreciative inquiry sessions in all human systems (large or small). This course teaches the basics of Appreciative Inquiry (e.g. principles, 5-Ds, supporting theory and research, etc.) but delves deeper by providing experiential exercises that teach participants how to define the topic of inquiry, practice positive framing, work with core teams, design and field test an interview protocol, and more…

This Appreciative Inquiry foundations course includes mini-lectures, and experiential learning (individual, pairs, trios, small group, and large group) as well as auditory and visual materials to enhance the learning experience.

TRAINING IS DESIGNED FOR:

Leaders in businesses and corporations, community development, educational organizations, governmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations–in short, anyone who wants to learn how to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry.

TRAINING SCHEDULE AND HOURS

The virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT) is designed to be a blended learning experience. This means portions of the course will be delivered synchronously (in real-time through services like Zoom) and asynchronously (you read and participate in activities and exercises at a time/pace/place that works best for you to be ready for the synchronous session). The combination of synchronous and asynchronous work will equate to 26 training hours (same as our face-to-face AIFT program). Participants will need to complete the program in its entirety to be eligible to earn their AI Facilitator Certification, this includes participating in all synchronous sessions.

Please note: the synchronous portions of the vAIFT are highly experiential and will not be recorded. The vAIFT Trainers will be utilizing breakout rooms to develop community and trust amongst participants, conduct paired interviews, and engage in small group discussions and reflections.

vAIFT TRAINING DATES/TIMES:

The virtual AIFT program is an intensive program spanning over the course of 2 weeks. Below are the hours:

The ASYNCHRONOUS portion of your training begins:

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 with introductory activities and runs throughout the 2 weeks of synchronous learning. You will receive login information to the Center for Appreciative Inquiry’s (CAI) online learning platform closer to the vAIFT start date.

The SYNCHRONOUS portion of your training runs:

  • Monday through Thursday (September 14-25, 2020) – 9:00am-11:00am Pacific Time (‘real time’ learning with your vAIFT trainers)

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS – To Be Determined

AIFT is divided into 4 ‘segments’. Each segment consists of modules containing exercises, readings, and discussions.

SEGMENT I – Experiencing Appreciative Inquiry

Learn basic processes and experience AI by participating in a facilitated Appreciative Inquiry led by the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training Trainers

SEGMENT II – Understanding the Power of Appreciative Inquiry

Actively learn about the concepts, principles, theories and research.

SEGMENT III – Planning and Designing an Appreciative Inquiry Session

Plan and practice how you will begin helping your organization, group, or community build upon their strengths.

SEGMENT IV – Practicing Appreciative Inquiry Applications
  • Practice exercises you can take home to use Appreciative Inquiry in your personal and professional life.
  • Practice choosing the best language, words for facilitating Appreciative Inquiry within a particular culture.
  • Begin developing your plan to become a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator by completing a Practicum/Supervised Experience.

We will start our synchronous sessions on time and work diligently to maintain the vAIFT schedule, honoring our commitment to the learning experience. We have found full participation to be the most productive for the participants and the trainers.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES:

As a fully engaged participant in the Virtual Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (vAIFT©), you will leave the workshop better able to:

  1. Create/enhance your personal way of being and doing in order to use an appreciative approach; focus on what’s right in your world, so that you can deeply inquire into what’s right and why, and then find ways of intentionally creating more of what’s right in your world.
  2. Facilitate individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to create collective ways of being and doing using an appreciative approach; that will help them focus on what’s right so that they can deeply inquire into what’s right and why, and then find ways of intentionally working with them to both create more of what’s right and envision innovation and new ways of being and doing.

LETTER OF COMPLETION:

To obtain a letter of completion (and to be eligible for consideration for AI Facilitator Certification) each participant must complete 26 training hours. Letters of completion include your name, date of your training, and number of classroom hours earned.

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY FACILITATOR CERTIFICATION:

Each of our certification courses require a written practicum (‘narrative’) of your work. The learning management system will be accessible to you to review materials for a full year after the vAIFT. The purpose of your practicum is to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, its various applications, what you learned, etc. Participants will submit their practicum for review by our Practicum Review Committee which consists of 2-4 seasoned Ai practitioners. It is standard practice for the panel to engage participants in a conversation (conducted virtually) about their practicum. Typically, they will respond with questions to deepen their and the participant’s mutual understanding of, and learning about, AI. The practicum review is therefore a dialogical and interactive process.

Participants have up to one year from the date of their training to submit their practicum for review. During this time, your trainers make themselves available to you for mentoring and support (at no additional cost) as you work through your first inquiry. Your mentoring/support can be done via telephone, skype, zoom, etc. You and your trainers can arrange a time and platform in which to conduct these sessions. Learn more about our Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Certification requirements here.

Once certified, your Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Certification lasts for 2 years. AI Certification with the Center for Appreciative Inquiry includes:

  • Appreciative Inquiry Certification document that will be emailed to you for your records;
  • Center for Appreciative Inquiry Certification logo that you are welcome to embed on your website or include in your email signature;
  • Listing on our Appreciative Inquiry Directory. Your Ai Directory listing is an editable profile page that includes your photo and professional biography that highlights your specialties, articles, videos and testimonials. Directory profiles are easy to create and update and will make you locatable by our worldwide audience. All Directory profiles will remain visible on our website for the duration of your certification. Our Appreciative Inquiry certification is good for 2 years; after which you may renew your Ai certification. You can learn more about the benefits of our AI Directory here.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING INFORMATION

Online Learning Platform

Participants will receive login information to the Center for Appreciative Inquiry’s (CAI) online learning platform closer to the training date. We will open the online platform to participants three business days prior to the start of the training. This allows participants time to navigate the software and become acquainted with the various features and tools it offers, introduce themselves to their trainers and other vAIFT participants, and access all pre-workshop reading and materials.

Refund Policy

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Details

Start:
September 14 @ 9:00 am
End:
September 25 @ 11:00 am
Cost:
$1975.00 – $2225.00
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Venue

CAI Online Learning Platform

Organizer

Melissa Robaina – Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Phone:
7022284699
Email:
Melissa@CenterForAppreciativeInquiry.net
Website:
https://www.centerforappreciativeinquiry.net/

Event Cost

Standard vAIFT Registration: $2,225.00 USD

Non-Profit vAIFT Registration: $1,975.00 USD

Group discounts available starting at groups of 3 or more. Please contact us for pricing information.

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Registration Includes

Your paid vAIFT registration includes:

  • Pre-workshop reading and exercises;
  • Eight (8) live 2-hour synchronous learning and practice sessions from two seasoned AI practitioners;
  • Instructional Materials (slide deck, ebook and other readings, and auditory/visual resources to enhance your learning experience);
  • Supervised practicum for AI Facilitator Certification;
  • Support/mentorship for one (1) year following the training;
  • Free profile listing on our growing AI Directory (available to participants who earn their certification) for the duration of their certification.

AI Practitioners

Leeann Waddington, MS, RN has been a registered nurse for 18 years and has a Masters in Healthcare Administration. She has worked in middle and senior management roles in the US healthcare system, where appreciative inquiry was part of her approach to strategic planning and change management initiatives. She is currently a doctoral student at Athabasca University in the Doctor of Education in Distance Education. Her extensive teaching background led her to a leadership role in Education Development. She is currently the Manager of Learning Technology and Educational Media at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey BC.  She is also a Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator.

Leeann believes Appreciative Inquiry is the missing ingredient for success in higher education reform initiatives. In Leeann’s various roles in Education and Healthcare leadership she has experience with AI as a change management tool and as a strategic planning process. She strives to keep her mindset and leadership style strengths based as she manages her work teams, consults with faculty and supports University projects and committees.  Learn More About Leeann >>

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, speaker and facilitator. After more than 25 years of institutionally based work as an educator, she has returned to her loves of consulting, writing, speaking and facilitating, and works with groups of all kinds to make a positive difference. Joan specializes in the use of appreciative inquiry to foster leadership development, strategic planning and innovative strategies for organizational development. She also provides short term leadership through executive-to-go services.

Joan has fulfilled faculty, department head, dean, vice president and president roles over her career at four diverse Canadian colleges and now co-leads a highly successful consultancy focused on ‘making magic – facilitating futures not yet imagined.’ In her life as an educator from faculty to president, she cared most deeply about learners, their access to higher education and their success when there. Now as a consultant, she fosters the possibilities of education and leadership, working to lift up the work of others.

She has a special interest in igniting pathways for women in leadership and is committed to the responsibility leadership provides for advancing equity and diversity. Learn More>>