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Upcoming educational and training opportunities.

Trauma Awareness and Resilience Seminar Coming Up April 16-20

Eastern Mennonite University is hosting the April Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience Trauma (STAR) Seminar from April 16—20. The seminar teaches individual and community trauma recovery through the lens of peace-building and restorative justice. Since its inception in 2002, the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program has trained over 3000 national and international leaders and lay persons in caring for themselves and their community post war, trauma, and natural disaster. Participants focus on trauma responses in individuals and groups, how to break […] (continue)

Deciding Factor Facilitation Course Set for Ottawa this April

Beatrice Briggs of the International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus (www.iifac.org) just wrote to us about her new course The Deciding Factor, developed with Ben Fuchs. The two-day training is designed to demystify the decision-making process in complex environments. The Deciding Factor will be offered for the first time in Ottawa, Canada from April 24-25, 2007. For more information, see the attached brochure: The Deciding Factor. (continue)

Call for Proposals on Communication and Place, Identity and Change

The American Communication Association (ACA) is inviting proposals for its 2007 Annual Conference held October 4-6, 2007 on the Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Taos, New Mexico campus.The theme of this year’s conference is “Frontiers of Communication: Determining Place, Establishing Identity, and Shaping Change”. Descriptions of the themes are posted below. The American Communication Association is open to all participants. Please submit papers and panels to Rita Kirk (rkirk@smu.edu). All submissions should be submitted electronically. You will receive notification that the submission has been received, and […] (continue)

Connecticut Health Foundation Accepting Applications for Health Leadership Fellows Program

The Connecticut Health Foundation (www.cthealth.org) is accepting applications for the 2008 Health Leadership Fellows Program, a one-year (September 2007 to June 2008) knowledge-and-skill-building program designed to create leaders, especially from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, who will pursue careers in public policy, public health practice, community advocacy, academia, or any other related field. The third class of fellows is expected to include up to twenty Connecticut residents who represent various professional and educational backgrounds, including social workers, physicians, advocates, community leaders, researchers, administrators, educators, […] (continue)

NCI Public Meeting Facilitator Certificate Training in Portland, OR This June

The National Charrette Institute has just announced its only Meeting Facilitator Certificate Training for 2007: June 18-20 in Portland Oregon. During this training participants will gain the lessons learned from some of the toughest charrettes and learn how so many potential problems can be defused by knowing how to properly set up and facilitate public meetings. Pariticipants will leave equipped to conduct a large meeting with confidence, knowing effective tools and preventions. For more information and to register, visit the NCI website at www.charretteinstitute.org or […] (continue)

Summer Institute on Peacebuilding Accepting Applications to April 15

The Alliance for Conflict Transformation Summer Institute on Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (IPCR) will be held June 9, 2007 – July 7, 2006 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. IPCR is an intensive 4-week, 6-credit residential program intended to build the capacity of current and future professionals in a variety of fields to make a critical difference in furthering peaceful relations in the world. IPCR will be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with travel to La Paz and surrounding communities. They are currently accepting applications for participation […] (continue)

Facilitation 3-Day Retreat in Maine This March & May

If you have some meeting facilitation experience but want to attain the next level of skilled meeting facilitation, you may want to consider this retreat. Led by Craig Freshley and limited to just eight people, the group will explore theory of all aspects of meeting facilitation and will apply specific specific techniques for a variety of situations. Two workshop series are coming up: Winter Weekdays – March 26, 2007 – March 29, 2007, and Spring Weekend – May 10, 2007 – May 13, 2007. To […] (continue)

Call for Facilitators – New Orleans, Philadelphia and Chicago

AmericaSpeaks is recruiting facilitators for Town Meetings in New Orleans, Philadelphia and Chicago. Volunteer facilitators will work with small groups of ten people to deliberate about a series of questions that will be asked over the course of the full day meeting. Via laptop computers and keypad polling devices, individual tables will share the results of their conversations with the hundreds of participants in the room. Facilitators will be oriented to the program and are expected have experience with small group face-to-face deliberation, comfort with […] (continue)

Narrative Mediation Dinner, Conversation and Demonstration Coming Up in April

Narrative Mediation is an approach to mediation and peace-making that “encourages the conflicting parties to reach understanding and resolution through a deep understanding of the shared personal and cultural narratives underlying the conflict. This new conflict-resolution methodology is a powerful resource for mediators and facilitators seeking to address intransigent problem-saturated conflicts.” (www.CRinfo.org). (continue)

Graphic Facilitation Workshop Coming Up in CA

Graphic facilitation experts Nancy Margulies and Mariah Howard will be leading a Graphic Recording Workshop April 14-15 in Half Moon Bay, CA. The workshop is designed for those who are new to using images and key phrases to record conversations, present ideas, brainstorm, capture essential aspects of dialogues, World Café and other group processes. Drawing skills are not required — they will teach you the basics along with techniques like Mind-Mapping, Mindscaping, and symbol drawing. The fees for one day are $295 corporate, $150 individuals; […] (continue)