Training for IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation
The Perspectives Group is offering IAP2?s excellent 3-course certificate program in May, June, July and September 2004. This training provides beginner through advanced intermediate practitioners a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation.
For more info or to register, contact Crystal Sarno at The Perspectives Group: , 703.837.1197. Or go to www.theperspectivesgroup.com/PG/training.html.
IAP2 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
This training provides beginner through advanced intermediate practitioners a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation. IAP2 training provides useful and effective tools for communicating public participation concepts. Each course is designed to provide the fundamentals of public participation that practitioners from around the world can use to implement customized and effective programs.
The 5-day program consists of the following 3 courses:
Planning for Effective Public Participation (2 days)
Effective Communication for Public Participation (1 day)
Techniques for Public Participation (2 days)
The Perspectives Group is offering the 5-day program:
- in Saratoga Springs, New York, May 24-28, 2004
- in Alexandria, Virginia, June 21-25, 2004
- in Saratoga Springs, New York, July 12-16, 2004
- in Alexandria, Virginia, September 27 - October 1, 2004
More details about each of the 3 courses is below.
Courses Lead to a Certificate in Public Participation
The certificate program consists of a series of two 16-hour modules and one 8-hour module. These modules are aimed at beginning to intermediate level professionals who wish to master the basics of how to design and deliver a public participation program and enhance their existing skills. Upon the completion of each module, students will receive credit from IAP2 recognizing their successful completion of that module. Upon completion of all modules, students will be awarded a Certificate in Public Participation from IAP2.
Planning for Effective Public Participation ? 2 day course
This two-day course of the IAP2 Certificate Program provides an introduction to the foundations of effective public participation programs. IAP2 has worked with practitioners from around the world to develop foundational tools that transcend national and cultural boundaries. Even advanced practitioners will find useful tools and techniques to assist in working with the public and clients to establish effective public participation. These tools are presented in an interactive and experiential learning environment that provides students with the opportunity to explore their own public participation challenges with their instructor and peers.
Students use IAP2?s Public Participation Spectrum to demonstrate the importance of setting clear objectives and a promise to the public and how to determine the appropriate level of public participation. Other important topics include the practical application of the IAP2 Core Values for Public Participation and using the IAP2 Code of Ethics as a guide to both practitioners and clients.
Each student receives a detailed student workbook as well as a copy of the IAP2 Public Participation Bibliography containing nearly 400 annotated references to the best literature in the field of public participation.
Effective Communication for Public Participation ? 1 day course
This one-day module in IAP2?s Certificate Program in Public Participation offers an overview of the communication skills used by public participation practitioners. The course provides an introduction to communication skills and models. It introduces the Principles of Authentic Communications and focuses on tools used to prepare and present information materials in a variety of forms, small and large group interaction models, and facilitation essentials.
The 8-hour course is designed as a primer and is suitable for beginning to intermediate level practitioners and those who want a review of basic communication techniques. Interactive exercises and practical tips are used to enliven the basic theory and reference materials presented throughout the day and reinforce skills that participants can put to immediate use. Participants learn the elements needed to prepare communication plans and to practice active listening. They gain an understanding of the essentials of risk communication, making effective written and verbal presentations and working with mass media.
Techniques for Public Participation ? 2 day course
This two-day module in IAP2?s Certificate Program in Public Participation provides an introduction to a range of practical tools and techniques used at all five levels of IAP2?s Public Participation Spectrum. It gives course participants an opportunity to try out or observe a number of specific techniques including World Café, Interviews, Samoan Circle, Citizens Jury and Advisory Group.
It includes overviews of more than 20 tools and techniques tested and used by public participation practitioners around the globe. The course is designed as a primer and is suitable for beginning to intermediate level practitioners and those who want a review of basic group process techniques. Interactive exercises and practical tips are used to enliven the basic theory and reference materials presented throughout the two-day session and reinforce skills that participants can put to immediate use.
Students learn how to create effective forums for dialogue and how to avoid the many problems encountered in traditional public meetings.
Students leave this module armed with a detailed student manual covering the course materials and a packet of IAP2 Tipsheets offering practical advice for selecting, using and evaluating a broad range of public participation activities.