Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers


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.

Detailed Agenda


Tanya Denckla Cobb, director, University of Virginia Institute for Engagement & 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.’”


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

Locations and Dates

  • In-person seminars will resume in 2023; please check back for updatesClick here or go to About NPI for an update.
  • Mount Vernon, VA
    May 5-7, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19; to be rescheduled in 2023
    in cooperation with George Washington's Mount Vernon
    and the University of Virginia,
    Institute for Engagement & Negotiation
  • Honolulu, HI
    November 17-19, 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19; to be rescheduled in 2023
    in cooperation with the
    Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division,
    the Historic Preservation Program, University of Hawaii,
    and the University of Virginia,
    Institute for Engagement & Negotiation

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)

$700 (6-week advance registration); $750 (regular registration)

National NAGPRA Program scholarships may be available through NPI for this seminar for participants from federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Read more.

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 for further information.

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