circling methodology

Our methods integrate both ancient wisdoms and traditions and modern learning and approaches. As an organization, we respond to the rapidly changing conditions of our world with practiced tools for connection and healing.

We begin by researching the best communication tools available for growth and development. In circle, we cultivate a connected, confidential, and inclusive space. In the presence of peers, one is seen for the truth of who they are and learns to deeply empathize with others. We can see and respect differing points of view, even if we do not agree.

Our faculty are highly-trained seasoned professionals. We guide each circle through a proven process of communication. Conflict is not avoided, instead used precisely and effectively to expand our own perspective. Growth, deep connection and healing are the result.


Facilitator Training

To be in relationship successfully takes both education and practice. Our  Teen Talking Circle Facilitator Trainings are a transformative journey into Circle in Truth Methodology through research-based education, clear systems and immersive, experiential practice. We have been training Circle Facilitators for decades on how to communicate with depth of connection, navigate triggers from their own teen years, create sacred space, hold a circle and accelerate mutual growth for participants. Youth learn to take the skills they learn in circle outside circle into all their relationships; with parents, teachers, friends, and in their communities.

CIT offers an Introductory 4-day Teen Talking Circle Facilitator Training, as well as more advanced trainings, multiple times a year.. Anyone can facilitate a circle if they have the desire and are willing to do their own work. Our participants have included: therapists, mentors, counselors, parents, coaches, teachers, and youth serving organization leaders. 

The skills and practices of circle, learned in our workshops and trainings, can be used by anyone, anywhere at anytime. When we realize how simple and rewarding it is to build real connection, we can’t help but practice these skills everywhere we go. 

This experience was worth every penny for me. I found it deeply therapeutic, and I feel different in distinct ways that I’m proud of and excited about.
— Annie Hillier
White Privilege / Racism Workshop Circle Facilitators

White Privilege / Racism Workshop Circle Facilitators


Teen Talking Circle Trainings 

Over the past 25 years, we have trained hundreds of teen talking circle facilitators. Our trainings and additional workshops and retreats prepare you to start and lead successful teen talking circles in your community -- or lead circle of any age group or constellation. Upon completion of the TTC Facilitator's Training and once you have successfully run teen circles, you will be listed in our Directory. 


Facilitator's Training 1

A 4-day Teen Talking Circle Facilitator's training is an opportunity to learn the basics of starting and running a Teen Talking Circle in your community, school, or youth serving organization. First learn the foundations of CIT Methodology by diving into circle to experience the profound healing of being your authentic self among supportive peers. In this special setting, we delve into what it was like for us to be teens, and what young people need from everyone in circle to be able to hear themselves, express themselves, experience their truth and see that they are not alone. You will learn how to hold transformational space for others, expand your perspectives and hold complexity by understanding the latest in the field of human development.


In this training you will learn effective communication  and conflict resolution tools to deepen innerconnection to self and interconnection with others, and refine your intuition as to how to assist teens to discover their  truth. We will learn and practice tools for self-regulations, contemplation, dialogue and perspective taking to navigate conflict arising from the parts of ourselves kept in the dark. 

The TTC Facilitator's Training is an introductory training to prepare you to start a circle. After the training, as you begin the process of leading a circle, your cohort can meet up virtually to give each other support, and best practices they’ve discovered.


Facilitator's Training 2

In our Facilitator's Training 2, you will take these practices further into your own life by diving deeper into the work on a more personal level. You see, teens will only go as deep in circle as you, as a facilitator can hold. By doing our own work, we adults become strong and good mentors for the youth. All of us are in the same boat, teens and adults, we all live in the same world with the same meta issues. It takes great courage to walk the talk and be truly someone who lives from the paradigm of power with, not power over. Teens need this from us. The TTC Facilitator’s Training 2 is the place we get to do the work we must do in order to be that kind of adult in the world.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Dates for the Level 2 training will be listed towards the end of summer 2019.