Appreciative Resilience Facilitator Training (ARFT)

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April 25, 2023 at 9:00 am to April 28, 2023 at 12:00 pm PDT - Virtual Event


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April 25, 2023

April 26, 2023

April 27, 2023

April 28, 2023

9:00am-12:00pm PDT

12:00pm-3:00pm EDT

4:00pm-7:00pm GMT

9:00am-12:00pm PDT

12:00pm-3:00pm EDT

4:00pm-7:00pm GMT

9:00am-12:00pm PDT

12:00pm-3:00pm EDT

4:00pm-7:00pm GMT

9:00am-12:00pm PDT

12:00pm-3:00pm EDT

4:00pm-7:00pm GMT


Each of us lives in a complex and unpredictable world and we are called upon again and again to help others be resilient and to be resilient ourselves.

Bring your skill as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator to uplifting and sustaining your workplace and beyond with appreciative resilience. Appreciative resilience is a resilience practice built from the tenets of appreciative inquiry and from powerful resilience practices.

This Appreciative Resilience Facilitator Training (ARFT) is designed for appreciative inquiry practitioners who want to deliver the Appreciative Resilience workshop and the ALIVE workshop for clients and colleagues and/or foster appreciative resilience informally with organizations, teams and individuals. It is also excellent facilitation training for those seeking to facilitate in complex situations.

In this facilitator training you will delve into the facilitation practices and considerations for delivering two powerful resilience processes. The first process is the appreciative resilience practice that uses appreciative inquiry to examine how you can foster hope and a hopeful view as a foundation of resilience; utilize your strengths in times of challenge and despair; and undertake the will and power to forgive. The second process is the ALIVE practice which is a powerful tool to use in challenging times. ALIVE stands for Appreciate, Love, Inquire, Venture, and Evolve. This tool uses appreciative generative questions to examine resilience. 

Both of these appreciative resilience processes are built from the practices of appreciative inquiry and are based upon the appreciative resilience work and writing of Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell.

People often think of resilience as a response to weathering challenges but in appreciative resilience work the aim is to create a sustaining practice of resilience.


In this Appreciative Resilience Facilitator Training (ARFT) practitioners will advance and deepen their skills in:

  • Facilitating complex conversations.

  • Applying adult learning principles to facilitation.

  • Facilitating the appreciative resilience workshop.

  • Facilitating the ALIVE workshop.

  • Reflecting on worldview and how it influences the approach to appreciative resilience facilitation.

  • Incorporating a focus on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion into resilience conversations.

  • Receiving and giving feedback on facilitation.


To enroll in this course, participants must have at least one of the pre-requisites met:

  • Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training from The Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

  • Certification in Appreciative Inquiry from the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

  • Other certifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Others without certification but with solid experience in appreciative inquiry practice will be considered.



INVITATION: Examine the research and underpinnings of resilience and how it interweaves with appreciative inquiry.

Examine resilience research
Review the basics of Appreciative Inquiry
Identify key aspects of the ALIVE and Appreciative Resilience models
Explore the uses of Appreciative Inquiry in complex and challenging situations
Reflect on facilitating in complex and challenging situations


INVITATION: Explore and use the ALIVE model for facilitating in challenging times.

• Bring adult learning principles to facilitation
• Examine the ALIVE model
• Reflect on facilitator considerations
• Facilitate sections of the ALIVE model
• Give and receive feedback


INVITATION: Explore and use the Appreciative Resilience model with individuals, groups, and organizations.

• Explore the Appreciative Resilience model elements
• Engage with Appreciative Resilience workshop formats
• Facilitate sections of the Appreciative Resilience model
• Give and receive feedback


INVITATION: Integrate elements of Appreciative Resilience into your personal facilitation practices

• Create ideas to integrate Appreciative Resilience into Appreciative Inquiry practices
• Examine worldviews, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in relation to Appreciative Resilience facilitation practices
• Analyze personal facilitation boundaries and considerations
• Build a personal Appreciative Resilience facilitation plan
• Reflect on sustaining your Appreciative Resilience practice


In order to qualify for certification each participant will create a portfolio on how they are taking appreciative resilience out into the world. The portfolio can arise from creating and facilitating an event; providing a workshop; facilitating complex conversations; coaching; or other facilitation practice.

The portfolio might contain:
• Outline of what you have designed and facilitated;
• Images, video, agendas, themes, outcomes;
• Personal reflections on the experience of facilitating appreciative resilience.

The portfolio can be an info-graphic, video, written document, and/or other creative form. The portfolio is due 6 months after the program.

Participants not seeking certification or certification renewal will receive a letter of participation from The Center for Appreciative Inquiry.



This certification course utilizes the textbook, Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness by Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair.

Your trainers will assign readings from this book throughout your training. You will need to purchase this textbook prior to the start of this course. This book is available in electronic or paperback versions.

Jeanie and Joan encourage you to read the textbook before joining the workshop to acquaint yourself with the appreciative resilience models and to re-acquaint yourself with appreciative inquiry.


A Google resource file will be created to grant participants access to the ALIVE Model and other resources. The link to the Google resource file will be emailed to participants from your trainers closer to the event start date.


These live conversations will be delivered using Zoom. You can participate in these live events using a computer or tablet. You will receive the Zoom information link and password closer to the start of the event.

Event Registration

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Registration Includes

Your paid ARFT registration includes:

  • Four 3-hour synchronous sessions that will be delivered via Zoom by Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair
  • Downloadable PDF of the ALIVE model;
  • Supervised practicum for Appreciative Resilience Certification;
  • Free profile listing on our growing AI Directory (available to participants who earn their certification).

Before your join the course:
We encourage you to read the resources before joining the workshop to acquaint yourself with the appreciative resilience models and to re-acquaint yourself with appreciative inquiry.

AI Practitioners

Joan McArthur-Blair Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, speaker and facilitator. She believes positive leadership matters in the world and all of her work is around enabling and fostering that generative possibility. Joan specializes in the use of appreciative inquiry and appreciative resilience to foster leadership development, strategic planning and innovative strategies for organizational and team development. She also provides short term leadership through executive-to-go services. Read More>>

Jeanie Cockell is a dynamic facilitator who is known for her creativity, sense of humor, sensitivity, and ability to get diverse groups to work collaboratively together. She is a leader in Appreciative Inquiry as an organizational and community development process, a research methodology and foundation for fostering collaboration in groups. Through her research and writing she has contributed to the development of new Appreciative Inquiry theory and practice. She is a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator trainer for the Center for Appreciative Inquiry. Read More>>

Event Cost

Early Bird ARFT Registration Fee: $1,245.00 USD
Discount expires: March 14, 2023.

After March 14th, registration increases to:
Standard ARFT Registration Fee: $1,395.00 USD

Payment Plan Available. Opt-in at checkout to pay in 4 equal payments with a down payment due upon registration.


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