Education and Training

There are several education, certification and training programs available to help you learn more about facilitation. The TLA Network does not offer a certification or training program itself, and it does not endorse any particular approach over another. We do, however, recommend that you learn about all available programs that fit your needs and make an informed decision, and to help you do that, we list the following programs.

Education Programs

MA in Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College: Goddard College's Individualized MA program offers a 48-hour master's degree in Transformative Language Arts that includes your own development as a writer, storyteller, performer, etc.; study of TLA in general and a specific area of TLA; ample resources to support you in designing, implementing and assessing a community-based practicum; and guidance in creating a large project, manuscript, curriculum or study for your thesis. Low-residency program allows you to live anywhere, and work from home, visiting the campus in central Vermont for week-long residencies twice each year.

Trainings and Certification programs

Amherst Writers and Artists Training: Week-long and other training options to learning the Amherst Writers and Artists method of facilitating writing workshops, as developed by Pat Schnieder.

Drama Therapy Certification: Information on drama therapy certification and graduate programs.

Facilitator U: Tools and training for leaders and facilitators.

Hollyhock Institute: Facilitation and leadership training for social change.

International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus: Training and certificate programs, resources and projects, plus electronic magazine, Bonfire.

International Association of Facilitators: Trainings, certification programs, conferences, workshops and resources.

Journal to the Self Certification: Home-study, on-line and instructor certification intensive available as are many on-line courses with Kathleen Adams, author of Journal to the Self.

Mandala Center for Change: Theatre of the Oppressed facilitation training on peace, social change, and a variety of  justice issues can be found at the following:

National Intensive Journal Program: This program, one of the first of its kind, was developed in the 1950s by Dr. Ira Progoff. Workshops and training options available.

Poetry Therapy Certification Training: Available through the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, this program offers credentialing options for poets/writers, teachers, healthcare professionals and those in community service, as well as for licensed therapists. A guide to the training options is available at, where you can also access more information, including intensives offered by poetry therapy mentor/supervisors. More informatio on poetry therapy in general can be found at

Playback Theater: The School of Playback Theatre offers comprehensive training for playback theatre, a form of personal improvisational theatre, valuing story, ritual, and community.

Training for Change: Facilitation training for social activists and community groups. More resources at Goddard's TLA Resource Page.