Build the skills to bring stakeholders together to find creative & collaborative solutions to complex problems.
Who Should Take This Course?
- All those who are currently involved in or may be involved in multi-party consultation processes as a stakeholder.
- People new to the consensus process or other forms of collaborative decision making.
- People who want to learn the skills necessary for participating effectively in a consensus process who may want to go on and learn how to manage or lead consensus processes.
- Oil & Gas representatives who actively engage with citizen groups
- NGOs seeking to build collaborative relationships with other NGOs (specifically Board members and Executive Directors)
- Land Use Planners
- Professionals whose work focuses on public engagement
- Government regulators whose work requires them to consult and collaborate with industry and the public
- Forestry representatives who are involved in developing forestry management agreements
What Will I Learn and What Skills Will I Gain?
This course builds on the skills learned in Communications in ADR and takes an in-depth look at the theory, model, and skills of consensus decision making.
- Complete an internal and external assessment to conclude if a consensus-building process is feasible and what prerequisites might be required
- Explore the Five Stage Model of CDM in-depth and practice implementing the model in role-play
- Explore how the Five Stage Model of CDM is used to increase the participant’s ability to make more informed decisions and to achieve ‘win-win’ solutions
- Gain an understanding of CDM and how this process may be similar or different from that of other decision-making processes
- Gain an understanding of the connection between consensus building, and consensus decision-making
- Gain an understanding of the terms used within CDM
- Identify the requirements of a successful CDM process
- Recognize the benefits of CDM and the myths and challenges associated with CDM
- Understand and experience the components of what is required to convene a multiparty consensus decision-making process
- Understand and implement the procedural conditions necessary for a consensus-building exercise
- Understand how to respond to participants’ resistance to participate
- Understand the various perspectives and approaches to the evaluation of consensus-building processes
NOTE: The CDM course is predominantly, though not exclusively, for students who do not plan on pursuing mediation as a practice. Individuals looking to become a mediator specializing in multi-party mediations should follow the mediation training stream by taking National Introductory Mediation and the Multi-Party Mediation specialized training course.
What Can I Expect in Class?
Course materials will be provided on the first day of class. This course includes lecture, group discussion, and role-play. This class is five full days 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
What Are the Pre-Requisites?
None. However, it is strongly recommended that students complete Communications in ADR before starting this part of the certificate program in order to fully benefit from the course.
What Are the Costs & Other Details?
The fee for this course is $1800 plus GST. Your organization may be eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. ADRIA membership is required to take this course. Full attendance is required to receive a certificate of course completion.
Bill Diepeveen has over 25 years of experience in mediating and facilitating highly complex, and often politically charged, disputes. He brings extensive experience dealing with industry, citizen groups, governments, and NGOs, as well as twenty years of experience in teaching. He has written extensively on the subject and was awarded the Lionel J. McGowan award by the ADR Institute of Canada for outstanding leadership in the field of conflict resolution.