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Alcohol: Controlling the Toxic Spill (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Alcohol: Controlling the Toxic Spill outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. Excessive drinking creates countless personal disasters, including job […] (continue)

At Death’s Door: What Are the Choices? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, At Death’s Door: What Are the Choices? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. Medical technology has greatly extended American […] (continue)

Intentional Peer Support, an Alternative Approach

Intentional Peer Support was developed as a grassroots, dialogue-based approach to mental health/illness. It emerged out of a desire to create community-based alternatives to the mental health system, where peers encourage and support one another to make new meaning out of their experiences via the vehicle of healthy, mutual relationships. This approach has begun to inform not only grassroots groups of peers, but also many providers, community groups and schools; it’s really about building healthy communities. (continue)

Illegal Drugs: What Should We Do Now? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Illegal Drugs: What Should We Do Now? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. One in every two Americans either […] (continue)

Life and Death Decisions: Who Decides? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Life and Death Decisions: Who Decides? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. Medical technology has greatly extended American lives. […] (continue)

The Health Care Crisis: Containing Costs, Expanding Coverage (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, The Health Care Crisis: Containing Costs, Expanding Coverage outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. Health care reform is one […] (continue)

The Battle Over Abortion: Seeking Common Ground in a Divided Nation (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, The Battle Over Abortion: Seeking Common Ground in a Divided Nation outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. In one […] (continue)

Addressing Mental Health Care: A Handbook for Discussion & Deliberation

This issue guide was created in 2007 by Kansas State University’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) in association with the National Association of Mental Illness (Kansas).  David Proctor, ICDD director, has made this issue guide available for anyone who is interested in using it to deliberate about mental illness and public policy. The 16-page guide, titled Addressing Mental Health Care: a handbook for discussion & deliberation, presents three possible approaches for deliberation: Approach One – Consumers Come First Supporters of this approach believe that privacy is paramount and that individuals should have […] (continue)

Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead

Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead is a must-read for therapists, grief counselors, facilitators, and anyone who has lost a loved one. This book fills the gap between the challenges to conventional grief psychology and the practice of bereavement counseling. The deceased person has often been left behind in counseling conversations, requiring the bereaved to distance themselves from honoring memories that could soothe their heartache. Ironically, the stories about the dead person have not featured prominently in the grief experience. The […] (continue)

Examining Health Care: What’s the Public’s Prescription? Results from Citizen Forums (NIF Report)

This 2004 Kettering Foundation report about public forums held using the National Issues Forums (NIF) issue discussion guide Examining Health Care: What’s the Public’s Prescription? was prepared by Paul Werth Associates.  The findings in the report are derived from some 40 deliberative forums held in various locations around the country.  The report also includes an analysis of 1,027 post-forum surveys that were completed by forum participants. Find more details & order info on the NIF website. From the report… (continue)

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