2018 upcoming trainings

Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training

2019 Session to be Scheduled


In community, political and policy discussions, civility has clearly declined, and the political climate has become increasingly bitter. Public meetings and living room discussions over important issues too often turn into shouting matches.

  • Do you want to be able to talk productively about immigration, opioids, community safety and other topics?
  • Is there a way to elevate the tone of dialogue in our country?
  • Can we bring back civility?
  • What can be done?

This one and one-half day workshop, presented by Bill Logue and Loraine Della Porta, will focus on how to moderate deliberative dialogues, one of many tools that we can use to bring citizens together to reason, talk and to deliberate about contentious public policy issues. We will introduce participants to the National Issues Forum (NIF) model, which provides a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of the problem and search for common ground. During this experienced-based training participants will be guided through the process of how issues are framed and the discussion is moderated. Participants will practice moderating and participating in three simulated dialogues:

  1. What should we do about the opioid epidemic?
  2. Safety and Justice: How should communities reduce violence?
  3. Coming to America: who should we welcome, what should we do?

You will learn how to moderate and facilitate a deliberative dialogue with a small group using an issue discussion guide or advisory that frames the issue by presenting the overall problem and then three or four broad approaches to address it. Participants will be given the opportunity to act as moderators and facilitate a dialogue and receive feedback and coaching. If a sufficient number of participants are interested, there will be an optional session on rapid issue framing, at no extra charge, on the afternoon of the second day.

Program Cost and Registration:

Early Registration - $125 

Regular Registration $175 

The training will next run in 2019. Please email us if you would like to be notified when registration opens.

You will have three payment options: 1) paying in full by credit/debit card, 2) placing a $75 non-refundable deposit by debit/credit card and being invoiced for the difference due 14 days before the start of the training, or 3) being invoiced for the entire amount. Please note that if you choose to be invoiced your space cannot be guaranteed until final payment is received. Please review our cancellation policy.

For more information, please contact Bill Logue at the Quinnipiac Center on Dispute Resolution, 860-521-9122 or email centerdisres@quinnipiac.edu.