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Consensus Decision-Making Certificate Program


Are you involved in multi-party consultation or public engagement? Want to build the skills to bring stakeholders together to find creative solutions? Earn a Certificate in Consensus Decision-Making. 

Developed by the ADR Institute of Alberta, the Consensus Decision Making Certificate Program, provides participants with the skills necessary to achieve collaborative decisions through consensus building.  

Robyn Jacobsen completed the Consensus Decision Making program and describes how it was fundamental in her development of a strong foundation in collaborative, consensus processes.

"This way of doing business is more than just consultation. It provides a forum for participants to have meaningful discussions and to engage in conflict in a constructive way. Participants can discuss and test ideas without prejudice and then build solutions together… Everyone has a unique piece of the puzzle and everyone’s interests are addressed, creating shared ownership and buy-in to the final agreement."

Read more about her experience on our blog.

Jay White, the President & CEO of Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd. in Edmonton, reflected on the Consensus Decision Making course. 

"Every aspect of my day to day business interactions have been improved by this course. In particular, Critical Skills for Resolving Conflict was eye-opening, and quite frankly, life changing. The Four Tongues and Four Ears/Listening for Understanding is something I use every day and reference often. I have referred my staff to most of the modules in the course. Overall, the most important lesson I learned was to listen for understanding, and speak to be understood."

Read more about his experience on our blog.

What are the benefits of Consensus Decision Making?

  • Forge agreement among diverse groups.
  • Solve complex issues with a range of concerns and interests.
  • Compel people to develop creative outcomes that are mutually acceptable to everyone.
  • Opportunity to integrate economic, social, community and environmental interests for truly sustainable outcomes. 
  • Decisions are more likely to be implemented, tend to be longer lasting, more sustainable than other forms of decisions.

The Consensus Decision-Making Certificate Program is a two part program:

  1. Communications in ADR forms the foundation of healthy communications skills. 
  2. Consensus Decision-Making will develop your theory and skills in the consensus decision-making process. 
Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to learn theory as well as practice the skills they've learned through role plays. 


Upcoming Courses

    • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (MDT)
    • Wednesday, May 26, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (MDT)
    • Online
    • 0

    This course will introduce students to the causes and effects of interpersonal conflict, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution styles and the cycle of conflict.

    This course is available to ADRIA and ADRIC provincial affiliate members only. Non-ADRIA affiliate members, please email education@adralberta.com to register.

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    Online Class (login information will be emailed prior to the first class)

    *This course will be presented online. In order to participate in this format, students must to be available during session times listed without distraction. In addition, students require a strong internet connection, computer with a webcam and microphone. 

    Instructor:  Joanne Munro

    Prerequisites: none

    In addition to the group sessions, students will have approximately 3-4 hours of reading and homework per week to prep for the group sessions and role-play. 

    Pre-course – once you have signed the confidentiality agreement, the materials will be sent to you, and you will also be given access to the course web page on adralberta.com. You can read the manual, and begin the course work for the first group session.  

    Week 1:

    Session 1,  Tuesday, April 20, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 2,  Wednesday, April 21, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 2:

    Session 3,  Tuesday, April 27, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 4,  Wednesday, April 28, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 3:

    Session 5,  Tuesday, May 4, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 6,  Wednesday, May 5, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 4:

    Session 7,  Tuesday, May 11, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 8,  Wednesday, May 12, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (longer class, role-plays)

    Week 5:

    Session 9,  Tuesday, May 18, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 10, Wednesday, May 19, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (longer class, role-plays)

    Week 6:

    Session 11,  Tuesday, May 25, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 12,  Wednesday, May 26, 8:30 am - 11:30 am (evaluated role-plays)


    Course Costs:


    Early Bird Registration (until March 20th): $2100 + GST

    Regular Registration (after March 20th): $2200 + GST



    _________________________________________________________________

    Full payment is due 30 days before class starts, unless the course is full. If the course is full,  full payment is due immediately upon registration/notification otherwise you will forfeit your spot. 

    • Tuesday, May 25, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (MDT)
    • Wednesday, June 30, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (MDT)
    • Online
    • 0

    This course will introduce students to the causes and effects of interpersonal conflict, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution styles and the cycle of conflict.

    This course is available to ADRIA and ADRIC provincial affiliate members only. Non-ADRIA affiliate members, please email education@adralberta.com to register.

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    Online Class (login information will be emailed prior to the first class)

    *This course will be presented online. In order to participate in this format, students must to be available during session times listed without distraction. In addition, students require a strong internet connection, computer with a webcam and microphone. 

    Instructor:  Marne Turnbull

    Prerequisites: none

    In addition to the group sessions, students will have approximately 3-4 hours of reading and homework per week to prep for the group sessions and role-play. 

    Pre-course – once you have signed the confidentiality agreement, the materials will be sent to you, and you will also be given access to the course web page on adralberta.com. You can read the manual, and begin the course work for the first group session.  

    Week 1:

    Session 1,  Tuesday, May 25, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 2,  Wednesday, May 26, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 2:

    Session 3,  Tuesday, June 1, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 4,  Wednesday, June 2, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 3:

    Session 5,  Tuesday, June 8, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 6,  Wednesday, June 9, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 4:

    Session 7,  Tuesday, June 15, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 8,  Wednesday, June 16, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (longer class, role-plays)

    Week 5:

    Session 9,  Tuesday, June 22, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 10, Wednesday, June 23, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (longer class, role-plays)

    Week 6:

    Session 11,  Tuesday, June 29, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 12,  Wednesday, June 30, 8:30 am - 11:30 am (evaluated role-plays)


    Course Costs:


    Early Bird Registration (until April 25th): $2100 + GST

    Regular Registration (after April 25th): $2200 + GST



    _________________________________________________________________

    Full payment is due 30 days before class starts, unless the course is full. If the course is full,  full payment is due immediately upon registration/notification otherwise you will forfeit your spot. 

    • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (MDT)
    • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (MDT)
    • Edmonton
    • 9
    Register

    This course will provide you with a brief and broad overview of consensus building and consensus decision making processes.

    Course Description and Details

    Part 1: June 10, 11 & 12, 2021 (Thurs-Sat)
    Part 2: June 14 &15, 2021 (Mon-Tues)
    Attendance for all 5 days is mandatory

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    Location
    Millbourne Market Mall
    #225, Tower 1, 3697 Millwoods Road NW 
    Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6

    Instructor: Bill Diepeveen & Michael Scheidl

    Class Times: 8:30am - 4:30pm daily

    Prerequisites: None.  However, it is strongly recommended that students complete Communications in ADR (or equivalent) before starting this part of the certificate program in order to fully benefit from the course.

    Certificate Requirements: Students must complete both the Communications in ADR and the Consensus Decision-Making courses in order to complete the requirements for the Certificate in Consensus Decision-Making.

    Full payment is due 30 days  before class starts. 

    You may register without paying up front by choosing the invoice option, up to 30 days before the start of the course .

    30 days before the start of the course or less, payment is due upon registration.

    • Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (MDT)
    • Thursday, July 15, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (MDT)
    • Edmonton
    • 7
    Register

    This course will introduce students to the causes and effects of interpersonal conflict, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution styles and the cycle of conflict.

    Part 1: July 6, 7 & 8, 2021 (Tues - Thurs)
    Part 2: July 13, 14 & 15, 2021(Tues - Thurs)
    Attendance for all 6 days is mandatory

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    Location
    Millbourne Market Mall
    #225, Tower 1,
    3697 Millwoods Road NW
    Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6

    Instructor: Marne Turbull

    Class Times: 8:30am - 4:30pm daily

    Prerequisites: none

    Pre-course Reading: You will be sent pre-course reading approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course.  If you have a government email address, consider changing to a personal email address such as gmail, outlook, yahoo, shaw, telus, etc.

    Homework: You will have homework each evening (approx. 2 hours) as well as, in between parts 1 & 2. 

    _________________________________________________________________

    Full payment is due 30 days before class starts, unless the course is full. If the course is full, full payment is due immediately upon registration/notification otherwise you will forfeit your spot.
    • Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (MDT)
    • Thursday, July 29, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (MDT)
    • Online
    • 12
    Register
    8:30 am - 11:30 am (evaluated role-plays)

     This course will introduce students to the causes and effects of interpersonal conflict, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution styles and the cycle of conflict.

    This course is available to ADRIA and ADRIC provincial affiliate members only. Non-ADRIA affiliate members, please email education@adralberta.com to register.

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    Online Class (login information will be emailed prior to the first class)

    *This course will be presented online. In order to participate in this format, students must to be available during session times listed without distraction. In addition, students require a strong internet connection, computer with a webcam and microphone. 

    Instructor:  Mark Donovan

    Prerequisites: none

    In addition to the group sessions, students will have approximately 3-4 hours of reading and homework per week to prep for the group sessions and role-play. 

    Pre-course – once you have signed the confidentiality agreement, the materials will be sent to you, and you will also be given access to the course web page on adralberta.com. You can read the manual, and begin the course work for the first group session.  

    Week 1:

    Session 1,  Tuesday, July 6, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 2,  Wednesday, July 7, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 3,  Thursday, July 8, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 2:

    Session 4,  Tuesday, July 13, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 5,  Wednesday, July 14, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 6,  Thursday, July 15, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 3:

    Session 7,  Tuesday, July 20, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Session 8,  Wednesday, July 21, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (longer class, role-plays)

    Session 9,  Thursday, July 22, 8:30 am - 12 pm

    Week 4:

    Session 10,  Tuesday, July 27, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (longer class, role-plays)

    Session 11,  Wednesday, July 28, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm 

    Session 12,  Thursday, July 29, 8:30-11:30 am (evaluated role-plays)


    Course Costs:

    Regular Registration: $2200 + GST



    _________________________________________________________________

    Full payment is due 30 days before class starts, unless the course is full. If the course is full,  full payment is due immediately upon registration/notification otherwise you will forfeit your spot. 

    • Thursday, September 30, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (MDT)
    • Saturday, October 16, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (MDT)
    • Edmonton
    • 10
    Register


    This course will introduce students to the causes and effects of interpersonal conflict, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution styles and the cycle of conflict.

    Part 1: September 30, October 1 & 2, 2021 (Thurs - Sat)
    Part 2: October 14, 15 & 16, 2021 (Thurs - Sat)
    Attendance for all 6 days is mandatory

    Total Credit Hours: 40

    Location
    Millbourne Market Mall
    #225, Tower 1,
    3697 Millwoods Road NW
    Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6

    Instructor:  Marne Turnbull

    Class Times: 8:30am - 4:30pm daily

    Prerequisites: none

    Pre-course Reading: You will be sent pre-course reading approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course.  If you have a government email address, consider changing to a personal email address such as gmail, outlook, yahoo, shaw, telus, etc.

    Homework: You will have homework each evening (approx. 2 hours) as well as, in between parts 1 & 2. 

    _________________________________________________________________

    Full payment is due 30 days before class starts, unless the course is full. If the course is full, full payment is due immediately upon registration/notification otherwise you will forfeit your spot.
    • Thursday, October 21, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (MDT)
    • Saturday, November 06, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (MDT)
    • Calgary
    • 12
    Register


    This course will introduce students to the causes and effects of interpersonal conflict, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution styles and the cycle of conflict.

    Part 1: October 21, 22 & 23, 2021 (Thurs-Sat)
    Part 2: November 4, 5 & 6, 2021 (Thurs-Sat)
    Attendance for all 6 days is mandatory

    Total Credit Hours: 40


    Location: WeWork, Floor 23, 150 - 9 Ave. SW


    Instructor:  Jan Gehrke

    Class Times: 8:30am - 4:30pm daily

    Prerequisites: none

    Pre-course Reading: You will be sent pre-course reading approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course. If you have a government email address, consider changing to a personal email address such as gmail, outlook, yahoo, shaw, telus, etc.

    Homework: You will have homework each evening as well as, in between parts 1 & 2.


    _____________________________________________________

    Full payment is due 30 days before class starts, unless the course is full. If the course is full, full payment is due immediately upon registration/notification otherwise you will forfeit your spot.

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