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IAP2 Canada announces Virtual Skills Symposium!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020  
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2020 IAP2 CANADA SKILLS SYMPOSIUM GOES VIRTUAL!

As this period of uncertainty continues, we’d like you to know that you are all on our minds at IAP2 Canada, hoping you and your families are staying safe and healthy! With public gatherings and in-person meetings currently on “pause”, the 2020 IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium in Regina has been cancelled.

But is that stopping us from offering learning opportunities?

Not a chance!

After an intense couple of weeks of hosting COVID-19 webinars and Coffee Chats to discuss online P2 issues, we are excited to launch the first ever IAP2 Virtual Skills Symposium!

From May 4th to May 15th, many of the courses that were going to be offered in Regina will be presented online. You’ll have the chance to learn from some of the top trainers in North America, in the comfort of your own home! See for yourself the power and potential for online training.

Please note that scheduling online training is very different from face to face. Online courses will be offered in two or three hour segments with multiple sessions (for example a traditional one day course will now be broken up into two 3-hour sessions or three 2-hour sessions) and in some cases over the two week period. PLEASE check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance for specifics of what courses are available and the timing for each multi-session course.

We are offering online courses at a special discounted rate - online courses start at $245 for members and $280 for non-members (6 hours of online training is equivalent to a traditional day of training).This is a 25% discount from our regular Skills Symposium rates.

Courses on offer:

IAP2’S FOUNDATIONS - PLANNING (Tannis Topolnisky)

Do you need comprehensive training in P2 basics? Do you need a refresher? This course takes you right to the basics: what P2 is, its rationale, and how to develop P2 objectives that can become part of an organization’s process. It’s a great introduction for newcomers to the practice, managers and experienced practitioners who need a refresher.

IAP2’S STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH OPPOSITION & OUTRAGE (Stephani Roy McCallum)

In a time when people are becoming more entrenched in their positions and less willing to consider something different, public meetings can get contentious and even hostile. This course will provide you with strategies to help you work more effectively with communities and stakeholders.

THE NIMBLE FACILITATOR (Rebecca Sutherns)

Are you an experienced facilitator? Often, that “experience” involves processes that come off the rails unexpectedly. How do you get them back on track? This fun-filled session combines neurological evidence, real-life experience and even improv to give you the adaptability to keep the process moving forward.

MEANINGFUL TOOLS - POWERFUL OUTCOMES (Kim Hyshka)

Do you find yourself running out of constructive ways of bringing people together? Do you constantly hear from the “usual suspects” but suspect you’re not getting as diverse a group as you need? Meaningful Tools, Powerful Outcomes is an interactive session that will fill your toolbox with new and innovative techniques, like PhotoVoice, Socratic circle and an Ideas Fair.

INDIGENOUS INCLUSION: PUTTING THE TRC CALLS INTO ACTION (Anne Harding & Steve Francis)

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) offered a roadmap to improved relationships between Indigenous and all Canadians through the 94 Calls to Action. If your work involves engaging Indigenous communities, this course offers foundational knowledge, real-life examples, and dynamic problem-solving so you can keep that in perspective while advancing Indigenous inclusion in your professional and personal communities.

BRAVE, HONEST CONVERSATIONS (Stephani Roy McCallum)

Increasingly P2 practitioners are faced with situations that are fraught with discomfort, tension and concern. This course for intermediate to advanced practitioners will help build your leadership skills. You will practice courage, compassion and responsibility for impact.

SOCIAL MEDIA & P2 (Susanna Haas Lyons)

Digital tools are essential for public participation in the age of COVID-19. This hands-on course will teach you to create social media campaigns that gather input creatively, enable collaborative online interactions, and sustain participation over time. We'll identify barriers to participation and examine strategies to build equity and inclusion online. Learn best practices for facilitating online meetings.

DELIBERATIVE DIALOGUE FOR POLARIZED ISSUES – Designing for Public Learning, Listening and Making Recommendations (Susanna Haas Lyons)

Learn to cultivate informed and thoughtful public discussion in this age of polarized debate. In this course you’ll learn techniques to help participants learn about an issue, create space for in-depth deliberation and generate detailed feedback on public policy options. We’ll explore three popular methods for dialogue-based public deliberation on public policy issues: Citizen Juries, the 21st-Century Town Hall, and Deliberative Polling.

WHEN THINGS GO SIDEWAYS (Kim Hyshka)

Sometimes, the best-laid plans go right off the rails – during the actual event. How do you handle unexpected outbursts of anger and other emotions, maintain control of the situation and keep things moving forward? This session includes exercises, discussion and multi-media presentation to help uncover what drives emotion and outrage so you can create an environment for constructive engagement.

In order to approximate the experience of in-person sessions,Virtual Skills Symposium classes will be live and interactive including small group breakouts.

So don’t delay! Register today!

See you online!


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