2020 upcoming trainings

Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training

To be Scheduled


8:30 - 4:30 Day 1

8:30 - 12:30 Day 2


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 opioids, immigration, 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. Past practice dialogues included:

  1. What should we do about the opioid epidemic?

  2. Safety and Justice: How should communities reduce violence?

  3. A House Divided: What would we have to give up to get the political system we want?

  4. Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet?

  5. Alcohol in America: What Can We Do about Excessive Drinking?

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 - $150 

Regular Registration $175 

Registration link will open when the program is scheduled.

Contact Bill Logue for a discount of groups of three or more people from the same organization.

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.