Consensus Decision-Making Certificate Program
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. Solutions include plans for what each stakeholder will do to implement the final agreement.
The Consensus Decision Making Certificate Program is made up of two courses designed to prepare students to participate in or facilitate consensus building and consensus decision-making processes.
Part One: COMMUNICATIONS IN ADR – Six Days (40 Credit Hours)
Part One consists of ADRIA’s Communications in ADR course where students will learn skills for conflict conversations (including active listening and assertive expression).
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PART TWO: CONSENSUS DECISION-MAKING COURSE – FIVE DAYS (40 CREDIT HOURS)
Part Two of the program builds on the skills learned in Part One and consists of ADRIA’s Consensus Decision Making course where students will learn the theory, model, and skills of consensus decision making.
All kinds of situations lend themselves to consensus building. Public policy, community development, and strategic planning within organizations, are a few examples where consensus decision making is being used to forge agreement among diverse groups. Generally, consensus processes are used in situations where the issue is complex and there is a range of concerns and interests in how a problem should be resolved. It is most appropriate for situations where decisions will impact many people over the long term.
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. 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 an opportunity to integrate economic, social, community and environmental interests for truly sustainable outcomes. Consensus decisions are more likely to be implemented, tend to be longer lasting, more sustainable than other forms of decisions.
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. Developed by the ADR Institute of Alberta, the Consensus Decision Making Certificate Program, provides participants with the skills necessary to achieve consensus decisions through consensus building.
In this course, students will:
Who Should Take This Course
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.
Learners must have successfully completed Communications in ADR (or equivalent training) prior to registering in this course.
This course is 5 days in length; full attendance is required to receive a certificate of course completion.
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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