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NTTA & 2016 Annual Gathering

Wednesday, November 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Caitlin Sarro
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ICA and the ToP Network have partnered to create the National ToP Training Academy (NTTA). Set to launch in 2016, the NTTA is a one-year, comprehensive, train-the trainer model designed to qualify trainers to teach the ToP Facilitation Methods. The aim of the academy is to allow individuals to transition from Apprentice Trainers in ToP to Qualified Trainers within a one-year timespan.  

To qualify for this training, individuals must already be Certified ToP Facilitators (CTF) who are experienced in the application of ToP Methods; candidates who are strongly anchored in ToP methods and well on their way to fulfilling the CTF requirements also qualify. The focus is on becoming a Qualified ToP Trainer, not on becoming a facilitator of ToP methods.

Colleagues and ToP Network members Judy Weddle, Cheryl Kartes, Dennis Jennings, and Heidi Kolbe have been working diligently on a comprehensive curriculum for the NTTA, along with recruiting the first round of participants. ICA and the ToP Network are looking forward to the program and its ability to help interested people navigate the training process. 

The NTTA is just one of the exciting initiatives coming out of the ToP Network. Recently ToP Facilitation Methods and ToP Strategic Planning courses became accredited for continuing education credits by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and American Planning Association (APA).  

ToP Network Turns 25! 
The 2016 Annual Gathering, Claiming Our Legacy: Shaping Our Future, is taking place on January 8-11, 2016 in Paradise Valley, AZ and will commemorate the great work of the network for the past 25 years.

Attendees will gather for several days of learning, creating, networking, and celebrating ToP. The gathering is organized to allow attendees to participate in sessions that are designed to help grow and develop their skills as ToP facilitators and share skills with one another.  

To learn more and register for the annual gathering, visit