Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings

Contributing Partners:

This course is formerly known as Public Issues and Conflict Management.

This two-day instructor-led course is designed to increase participants’ ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimize conflict and enhance problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative process is complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches. The skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, a collaborative meeting.

What You Will Learn

After completing this course, participants will be able to

  • Determine if a collaborative process is appropriate
  • Select people with the skill sets needed to fill each meeting role
  • Learn and practice facilitation skills
  • Use appropriate process tools and techniques to address the meeting objectives
  • Manage conflict in meetings by understanding group dynamics
  • Identify disruptive behaviors in group processes and practice strategies to deal with them

Host Requirements

This training is provided by request and will be fulfilled as resources are available. Classes can be taught at the NOAA Coastal Services Center training facility or brought to your organization. The Center reserves the right to cancel the course in the event of low enrollment. The cost is minimal for participants and host organizations. Please review the on-site host responsibilities, costs, and site requirements. To apply to host a course at your location, please fill out our host form, and a trainer will contact you.

Contact Information

For additional course or individual registration information, e-mail csc.training.request@noaa.gov.

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