Consensus Decision-Making (CDM) is a process by which various and potentially diverse stakeholders agree to work together towards finding mutually acceptable solutions to complex issues. It is an opportunity to integrate economic, social, community and environmental interests when an issue is complex. The diversity of participants in the process enables everyone to harness knowledge and resources not otherwise available; no one person or organization has a complete perspective or all the resources.
Consensus processes are more inclusive and compel people to develop creative outcomes that go beyond win-win, to solutions that are mutually acceptable to all participants. Solutions are more likely to be implemented, tend to be longer lasting, and more sustainable than other forms of decisions.
Consensus decision-making is being used to forge agreement among diverse groups in public policy, community development, and strategic planning within organizations. Our students range from oil & gas representatives, to NGOs, to Land Use Planners, and other professionals who work in public engagement.
Taking ADRIA’s Communications in ADR course, which builds the foundation of the program, is recommended before the Consensus Decision Making course. Students will learn skills for conflict conversations including active listening and assertive expression. This course allows students to practice their communications skills so they can implement what they've learned immediately.
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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.
Bill Diepeveen has over 25 years’ experience in mediating and facilitating highly complex, and often politically charged, disputes. He brings extensive experience dealing with industry, citizen groups, governments, and NGO's, as well as twenty years’ 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.
Consensus building involves bringing interested stakeholders together to find creative solutions and a shared commitment to implement those solutions. The objective of this certificate program is to help others develop skills in consensus building.
In this course, students will:
Who Should Take This Course
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
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.
ADRIA membership is required to take this course.
This course is 5 days in length; full attendance is required to receive a certificate of course completion.
Program Certificate in Consensus Decision Making Requirements
This Certificate in Consensus Decision Making program is made up of two courses: Communications in ADR and Consensus Decision Making. Taken together, students will develop a set of skills that go beyond facilitation towards actively working with parties to come to consensus.
Learners must successfully complete both Communications in ADR (or equivalent training) and Consensus Decision-Making in order to receive the Certificate in Consensus Decision Making.
While it is not necessary to complete Communications in ADR before Consensus Decision Making, it is highly recommended in order to fully benefit from the Consensus Decision Making course.
The fee for this course is $1,800 plus GST.
Course materials will be provided on the first day of class.
This course includes lecture, class discussion, role-playing, and small group work.
ADR Designation Qualification
This course qualifies as 40 hours of specialized training toward a Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) or Chartered Mediator (C.Med) professional designation.
Program Certificate Credits
Upon successful completion, this course counts as 40 hours of specialized training towards ADRIA's Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership.
Alberta's association of mediators and arbitrators.
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