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Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers

Detailed Seminar Agenda

Seminar Overview

Laws and regulations related to cultural and natural resources often require participatory processes that can be mired in conflict and misunderstanding. Projects frequently can be more effectively navigated when stakeholders use collaborative processes and mutual gains negotiation during consultation to resolve problems and develop win-win solutions. Through interactive exercises and role plays, learn to understand conflict management styles, practice negotiation skills, and design a stakeholder consultation process to address issues in a timely manner and prevent conflict from escalating.

Faculty

Tanya Denckla Cobb, associate director, University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation; facilitates and mediates community and environmental issues, including facility siting, land use planning, natural resource protection, and heritage preservation

Evaluation Comments

“[The instructor] offered clear renditions of basic concepts along with meaningful and useful conflict resolution materials/tools.”

“[I] came in with no prior experience, so this brought me up to a functional/professional level with room to reach more expertise.”

“I learned a number of techniques for structuring the process of conflict resolution that I think will be very helpful.”

“It was more interesting and fun than I thought it could be. [As] a student … I was [still] able to participate and understand as well as the professionals.”

“This is one of the best seminars I’ve attended. A lot of useful and practical information.”

“Although I am a trained mediator, I still learned a lot. In fact, I found this kind of mediation [to be] a new ‘ball game.’”

Participants

Agency, industry, consulting firm, and nonprofit decisionmakers, cultural and natural resource project managers, and public involvement managers.

Continuing Education Credits

This seminar meets the criteria for programs in the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and participants will receive 6 PDH HSW each day.
 
Self-reporting often is an option for members of other professional organizations that require continuing education credits.

Locations and Dates

  • Baton Rouge, LA
    December 9-11, 2014
    in cooperation with the
    Foundation for Historical Louisiana
    and the University of Virginia,
    Institute for Environmental Negotiation
     
  • Sacramento, CA
    May 6-7, 2015
    in cooperation with the
    California Department of Transportation,
    California State Parks, Office of Historic Preservation,
    and the University of Virginia,
    Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$600 (6-week advance registration); $650 (regular registration)

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized, on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or info@npi.org for further information.

Detailed Seminar Agenda

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