Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings

WA State Department of Ecology/The Padilla Bay NERR


Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 9 a.m.
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 5 p.m. PDT

Mt. Vernon, WA, United States

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This newly revised two-day course will increase your ability to design, conduct, and control meetings in public forums. This course is designed to increase your ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimize conflict and enhance problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative process is complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches. The skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, a collaborative meeting.


After completing this course, you will be able to:


  • Determine if a collaborative process is appropriate
  • Select people with the skill sets needed to fill each meeting role
  • Learn and practice facilitation skills
  • Use appropriate process tools and techniques to address the meeting objectives
  • Manage conflict in meetings by understanding group dynamics
  • Identify disruptive behaviors in group processes and practice strategies to deal with them


This course is taught by national trainers from NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and is a special offering in this year's training schedule.

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