2018 upcoming trainings

Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training

April 18 -19, 2018


Civility in our country’s policy and political discourse has clearly declined, and the political climate has become increasingly bitter. We have all seen public and other meetings turn into shouting matches or worse. But what can be done? Is there a way to elevate the tone of dialogue in our country? Can we bring back civility?

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 facing our society. 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 for action. During this experienced-based training participants will be guided through the process of how issues are framed and the discussion is moderated.

This workshop will train moderators how to lead a deliberative dialogue with a small group. Moderators use an issue discussion guide that frames the issue by presenting the overall problem and then three or four broad approaches to it. In this workshop, we will guide participants through the process of how issues are framed for public deliberation, how to help organizations convene and organize such forums, and how to facilitate a deliberative dialogue. We will then engage in a real dialogue session on an important policy issue. Participants will be given the opportunity to act as moderators of the dialogue and receive feedback and coaching. We will focus on developing facilitation skills that can be used for dialogues and other forums participants might want to facilitate/moderate. If a sufficient number of participants are in 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 Before March 20, 2018

Regular Registration $175 After March 20, 2018

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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.