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Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training

UNCW faculty, staff and doctoral students: Hone your leadership skills and learn to facilitate positive change in this unique training offered in partnership with the Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

  • May 20 – 23, 2024
  • 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • UNCW Watson College of Education
  • Cost: $2,695

Details and Registration: Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training Website

"The Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training provided me with an essential framework and useful tools that I use on a regular basis. We are so pleased to bring this opportunity to UNCW." - Carol McNulty, Interim Dean, UNCW Watson College of Education

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry is an energizing and inclusive process that fosters creativity through the art of positive inquiry. It builds new skills in individuals and groups, develops new leaders, encourages a culture of inquiry, and helps create shared vision and purpose by building on an organization’s core values and strengths.

Training Overview

The Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) is a foundational program designed to teach you how to facilitate the type of transformative change made possible through Appreciative Inquiry. In addition to introducing the basic tenets of Appreciative Inquiry (e.g., principles, 5-Ds, and theory), the AIFT delves deeper by providing experiential exercises that will teach you how to work with core teams, define a topic of inquiry, craft generative questions, field test interview protocols, establish action items, and more.

Training Facilitators

Dr. Denise Henning

Director, UNCW/3C Collaborative and Professor, Educational Leadership

Dr. Henning has more than 20 years of experience in higher education with 13 of those years as executive leadership. She is focused on fostering shared leadership using an appreciative inquiry at its core. Dr. Henning has earned a reputation for cultivating and sustaining positive relationships, building collaborative teams, and energizing people in ways that foster their innovative spirit.

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair

Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting

Dr. McArthur-Blair 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. Dr. McArthur-Blair specializes in the use of appreciative inquiry and appreciative resilience to foster leadership development, strategic planning and innovative strategies for organizational and team development.

Details and Registration

Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training Website