Integral Facilitator® Certification Path
The Art of Facilitative Leadership
Leadership for our times
The Integral Facilitator Certification Path is a transformative container for the development of advanced facilitative leadership skills.Facilitative Leadership focuses on the optimal engagement of whole people within whole systems in order to increase cultural well being and collaborative capacity.
Who is it for?
Certified Integral Facilitators® are skilled facilitative leaders who impact the quality of groups, teams, communities and organizations by creating the conditions for deeper, more satisfying and more efficient engagement and collaboration.
Facilitative Leaders are distinguished by:
- Presence and connection with themselves and with others,
- Perspective taking agility,
- Emotional courage and curiosity,
- Psychological maturity, in particular related to the use and misuse of power dynamics,
- Embodied authenticity, sincerity, and integrity in speech and action,
- The ability to work with subtlety in group dynamics, including polarity and shadow, and
- The capacity to hold paradox and leverage it’s creative tension to further a group’s intention and evolution.
The Integral Facilitator® Certification is a transformative professional training path in Facilitative Leadership.
The design blends Developmental Psychology, mindfulness teaching & practice, Integral Theory and advanced facilitation skills.
The Integral Facilitator path is appropriate for leaders, facilitators, weavers, coaches, trainers and professionals who are responsible for leading and guiding groups, shaping and influencing culture, addressing conflict, creating community, and increasing innovation and agility.
The Integral Facilitator path builds facilitative leadership ability through immersive transformative learning and direct practice engaging with group dynamics, conflict, and facilitation.
The IF certification path provides post-professional development in facilitative leadership, and culminates in certification as an Integral Facilitator®.
The Integral Facilitator Certification path offers a transformative container for developmental learning that sustains deep inner growth and supports the acquisition of advanced facilitative skills.
The learning journey is designed for whole person, community, and systems learning. As a participant, you will focus equally on inner work, facilitative practice, peer collaboration, your context and your intention, and immersive experiences that are uniquely designed to engage you at your personal learning and leadership edge.
Your learning experiences will include direct instruction and personal coaching, meditation and reflection, live demonstrations, consistent live facilitation practice, ample feedback (both verbal and written), role play and simulations, group exercises, peer collaborations, journaling, discussion, and group exercises.
How does it work?
The Integral Facilitator Certification Path takes place in three parts. The sequence runs over calendar years, and you may design your path and optimal schedule to be able to complete the full IF path in as little as 10-12 months.
Step 1: Next Stage Facilitation
Step 2: Advanced Praxis
Part 1 — Foundations: Next Stage Facilitation
The Next Stage Facilitation is a 30 hour training offered live online, in either a four-day or six-week format. In a Next Stage, learners encounter the fundamentals of Integral facilitation and begin to work with “self as instrument” in mind. This training blends live teaching with immersive and interactive group experiences, demonstrations, and facilitation practice.
Part 2 — Advanced Praxis
The Advanced Praxis program is a 3-month live online immersion for graduates of Next Stage Facilitation. This program builds on the framework of Integral Facilitation and self as instrument, focusing on the more nuanced and challenging aspects of group dynamics and facilitative leadership. Emphasizing practice and peer learning, this program is designed to meet facilitative leadership practitioners with a deep an intimate container for learning, practice, and feedback.
Part 3 — Capstone
The 3-month Capstone is the final phase in the IF Certification Path. Capstone is open for application to graduates of the Advanced Praxis. Building on the blend of inner development and skills development gained in the first two parts of the path, Capstone brings an intensive focus on supporting each participant’s lived experience of facilitating, leading and guiding at their edge. During Capstone participants will select a practice area and will be supported to engage “in the wild” with their chosen communities, groups and organizations.
How do I enroll?
The IF Certification path is designed for leaders from a wide range of organizational, community, and leadership contexts. Although applicants need not be formal facilitators or hold formal leadership roles, the program is designed for those who have demonstrated facilitative and leadership experience.
Participants who thrive demonstrate social skills, emotional intelligence, and take an active interest in their own ongoing learning and transformation. Applicants must also be prepared to define a context(s) for their facilitation practice for the duration of the program.
Participation in a Next Stage Facilitation foundations program is a prerequisite for the other two parts of the IF Certification path.
Rebecca Ejo Colwell
Founder & principal
Rebecca is a talented integral facilitator, strategist and coach, co-creator of Integral Facilitator programs, and the CEO of Ten Directions. For over thirty years she has been facilitating, weaving, and inspiring others to practice facilitative leadership and meet the challenges of a wide range of cultural and social issues.
Lauren is a Principal at Ten Directions, where she guides program design and communications. Her background includes immersion in Integral Theory, Adult Development, and transformative learning. She has trained as a mediator and is a Certified Integral Facilitator and Presence Based Coach.
Cléo Burke is a principal and senior consultant at Ten Directions, a Certified Integral Facilitator, Coach, Licenced Counseling Therapist, and Educator.
There are no specific professional requirements to begin the IF Certification path by enrolling in a Next Stage Facilitation Foundations program. Application for step 2 (Advanced Praxis) is seeking participants who have sufficient experience working as a guide or facilitator of groups, and are ongoingly practicing those skills. Certified Integral Facilitators include a wide range of professional experiences; leaders, managers, coaches, consultants, OD professionals, trainers, mediators, visual facilitators, educators and artists.
Part 1 of the IF Certification Path, Next Stage Foundations, is offered 4 – 5 times per year, live online. Part 2, Advanced Praxis, is offered twice per year, live online. Part 3, Capstone Practicum, is offered once per year (beginning in 2022). Depending upon when you enroll in Next Stage Foundations, it is possible to complete all three parts and receive certification within 12 months.
Certified Integral Facilitators are recognized across professional contexts for their ability to influence and shape the group dynamics and cultural norms that result in cultural well being and collaborative ability. A significant number of Certified Integral Facilitators are working as independent consultants and coaches who provide organizational training, facilitation and advisement services, or are working inside organizations in OD, HR, or C-Suite Leadership roles.
All Next Stage Foundations and Advanced Praxis programs will be offered in a live online (synchronous) learning format. The third and final step in the IF Certification Path — the Capstone Practicum — will be offered in 2022, and will include a blend of live, in-person training and live online learning.