Events Calendar

IAP2 USA offers training courses, networking events and other programs of interest and value to P2 practitioners. These events are presented by IAP2 USA alone, or in partnership with consultants and are listed on this calendar.


How do I register online? To register for an event, click on the event name, click on the registration link, then complete the registration page by filling in your information. You will be receiving a confirmation email soon after you have completed registration. 

How do I register offline? If online registration is not available please download the registration form and fax or mail it in to the appropriate location. Please note that some of our events are handled by chapters or independent consultants, and inquiries should be sent directly to them. 

Upcoming events

    • April 22, 2021
    • April 22, 2022
    • Online - Self Paced Learning
    Register

    Introducing IAP2 USA's first online, self-paced training opportunity

    This new self-paced course will build your skills and knowledge for bravely leading in times of polarization and conflict.

    We live in times of rapid change, upheaval and global inter-connection. We are experiencing a growing divide and polarization between people, with an increasing dynamic of us versus them. We've seen a rise in public shame, blame and vitriol. We face enormous complex challenges like climate change, the global refugee crisis, systemic racism and inequity. We've been hit with a global pandemic which is causing rising fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

    While all these things are in the space of the public arena where we interact with each other every day, we have a unique opportunity to choose how we want to lead these biggest challenges of our lives and choose how we want to work together with others.

    It starts with you. Ask yourself these questions:

    • What is happening around you that you want to step in to?

    • How do you want to lead in ways that are different than you are leading now?

    • What would be different if you were better equipped to bravely lead challenging conversations?

    • What works and what doesn’t and what do you need to watch out for?

    The course opens with an introductory video lecture on key concepts, with 4 more modules where you can work at your own pace to build competency in key areas of leadership in a world of complexity, polarization and disruption. The Modules cover: 

    • Bravely leading challenging conversations 

    • Holding space for high emotion 

    • Building trust in the public arena 

    • De-escalation tools for high stakes interactions

    Priced lower than our other courses, this self-paced training allows you to learn when and where it works best for you. When you are done, you qualify for a free coaching session with Steph Roy McCallum, the course instructor, to deepen and apply your learning.

    $365 Members -- $455 Non-Members

    *IAP2 USA Members must login to receive the members only rate

    *IAP2 International Members can email info@iap2usa for a discount code

     — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

    Trainer: Stephani Roy McCallum

    Stephani is Chief Storm Rider at the Courageous Leadership Project. She is a Leadership Coach, Certified Professional Facilitator, and a seasoned leader specializing in conflict, high emotion and controversy. She has worked internationally on controversial projects with individuals, organizations and communities to transform conflict and create momentum for positive change. Stephani believes that brave, honest conversations solve the problems in our world.

    She has led and managed conversations involving more than 30,000 participants, and has worked on five continents facilitating complex topics like municipal budgets, school closures, land use, health care, transportation, nuclear waste, natural disaster, truth and reconciliation, environment and more.

    Stephani has been the Project Lead on a number of international and national award winning projects, including a project which received the IAP2 International Core Values Award for finding common ground and a way forward for the blood donation policy for men who have had sex with other men for Canadian Blood Services, a highly divisive and polarizing issue.

    She has been a licensed trainer of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation since 2005, and was a lead developer of IAP2’s Strategies for Public Opposition and Outrage course. She was an IAP2 Assessor, coach and mentor for new candidate trainers for all of IAP2's training programs from 2011 to 2016, and continues to serve as an Assessor and Coach for new trainers of the Outrage program. She was the 2008 President of IAP2 International. Stephani has a background in Sociology and holds certificates in Co-active coaching, Courageous Leadership, Authentic Leadership, community development & alternative dispute resolution. She regularly speaks and presents internationally on how to lead powerfully in the face of challenges, creating new more possible futures for all of us, together.



    • November 12, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • February 25, 2022
    • 11:59 PM (EST)
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    Please submit your $300 non-refundable Application Fee, payable upon submission of application.

    Applicants must have completed the IAP2 5-day training, Foundations in Public Participation (formerly Certificate Course) and be members in good standing of IAP2.

    Check out the Professional Certification page for more information. 

    To be eligible for the 2022 Assessment Center on June 10 and 11, 2022, you must submit your application by February 25, 2022. Please contact info@iap2usa.org with questions.



    • December 06, 2021
    • (EST)
    • December 16, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 9 sessions
    • ONLINE


    9-Day online course

    December 6 - 16, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT

    Foundations in Public Participation – The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and TPC are pleased to announce that we are ready to offer the International Association for Public Participation’s flagship Foundations Program ONLINE

    Two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public communication and participation – Planning and Techniques – offered virtually over nine (9) 4 Hour Days in partnership with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

    Module One introduces a proven method for planning effective public participation and Module Two equips students with 40+ diverse methods for accomplishing engagement objectives. Both courses are delivered in half-day sessions full of interactive exercises and opportunities to get to work with your fellow students virtually. Class size, as always, is limited to 20 students to provide the maximum opportunity to learn.

    Presenters: The Participation Company 

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (5 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

         December 6-10, 2021          11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT

          Regular $960 -- Early Bird $870 -- Members $870

    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 12 CM) 

          December 13-16, 2021     11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT

          Regular $640 -- Early Bird $ 580 -- Members $580

    • Full Foundations Program Both Modules (9- 4 hour Sessions CM I 30 CM)  

          Regular $1,600 -- Early Bird $1,450 -- Members $1,450  

    Early Bird Registration Deadline: 11/05/2021
    Last Day to Register: 11/10/2021

    Register with The Participation Company

    The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Questions? Email Jennifer Armstrong for more information.

    • December 06, 2021
    • (EST)
    • December 08, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 18
    Registration is closed

    Two sessions:

    Monday, December 6th, 1:00 pm -4:00 pm (EDT)

    Wednesday, December 8th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

    Description:

    Do you know if your P2 programs and campaigns are working? Join us for a 2 day workshop where you will have the opportunity to discuss your actual P2 projects and receive feedback from your peers and the instructor. 

    Of all the tools in your Involvement toolbox, none are more important, and often overlooked, as much as assessment and evaluation. A strong assessment and continued evaluation will ensure that your participation program recognizes, and addresses stakeholder needs. This is particularly important on projects with high potential controversy, but can be used to improve any project. This class will strengthen your assessment skills and ensure that ongoing evaluations make your participation program adaptable and effective.

    This two-session class — plus scheduled discussion time with the trainer to discuss your projects — will provide the tools to customize your participation plans that reach all affected by decisions, not just the us
    ual participants. It will assist you in building trust among your communities and elevate the issues most important to stakeholders into project discussions. 

    Cost: $265 member, $355 nonmember $175 student

    Members must log in to iap2usa.org to receive the member rate.

    IAP2 International members and students will require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2usa.org. 

    Trainer:

     Doug Zenn has 30 years of experience in the communications field and has developed and managed community involvement, awareness, and education efforts around numerous issues including visioning, transportation, water resources, community-based planning and more. Doug has led ZennAssociates’ development of the innovative “Three-Dimensional Public Participation” model (3DP2) an approach that expands community access to project information and provides unique avenues for community input including the use of new technologies. Doug also serves on the executive committee for IAP2’s Cascade Chapter (Oregon and Southwest Washington) and is a certified trainer for IAP2’s public involvement foundations courses. Doug Zenn has 30 years of experience in the communications field and has developed and managed community involvement.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    • December 09, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 97
    Registration is closed

    December 9, 2021

    2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

    Description:

    With so many digital tools available to suit different needs, here's an exciting opportunity to find out what tools work and how they can work for you. 

    Join civic engagement specialist Susanna Haas Lyons for this series of six, 90-minute workshops. You'll learn about a particular digital P2 tool (a different one at each workshop), and hear from practitioners who have already used it, ask why they chose it, how well it met their needs, what staff capacity they needed; AND, you'll get to try the tool out for yourself.

    Digital Discovery Workshop-3: Dialogue Across Differences. This session will explore tools that encourage people with differing opinions to talk with one another about issues that matter. Some tools connect people in pairs, while others engage small groups. The conversations range from self-facilitated, to a trained facilitator, to AI.  

    Future sessions: 



    YOUR FACILITATOR: Susanna Haas Lyons is a civic engagement specialist. designing participation strategies, facilitating complex meetings, and providing training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. Read more about Susanna here.


    • December 14, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)
    • online
    Register

    "What happened?" and "What are we going to do about it?" -- two questions we often ask these days, as our communities experience harsher impacts of climate change, social justice strife and an uncertain future. 

    In this reprise of her session at the 2021 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference, Cathy Smith looks at storytelling as a way to move from individual perspectives to a collective perspective, as well as to help communities organize information, so that it can be used to develop a shared understanding of challenges, consequences and steps to create new realities.

    Join us to learn more about this intensely personal approach to engagement, and bring your own experiences, questions, comments ... and stories.

    • December 16, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Online

    IAP2 USA board meetings are conducted by conference call on the third Thursday each month. Board of Directors members can email info@iap2usa.org for meeting documents and call-in information.

    • January 11, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)
    • online
    Register

    Learn from the best! This month's webinar brings together more winners of the 2021 IAP2 Core Values Awards! You'll meet the winner of the USA General Project Category, Salt Lake City, UT, and Avenue Consultants for "Reconstructing 300 West", a major road in the city. Residents along the route were consulted on how to re-build the road and what was needed, moving into the future. (Watch their video here.)

    The Canadian award for Organization of the Year was a timely one: the Manitoba Government for its work to create a P2 "culture" and specifically, to develop EngageMB, to give Manitobans the opportunity to participate in decisions that affect them during the pandemic. (Watch their video here.)

    The award for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture went to the Vancouver (BC) Coastal Health Authority for "VCH Translation and Interpretation Engagement". VCH serves a region in which a third of the population does not have English as their first language, so this project aims to remove linguistic barriers so people understand health and medical information. (Watch the video here.)

    • January 19, 2022
    • (EST)
    • January 20, 2022
    • (EST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    Two 3-hour sessions

    Session 1-  January 19

    2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern

    1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central

    12:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Mountain

    11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Pacific

    Session 2-  January 20

    11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

    10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Central

    9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mountain

    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pacific

    Description:

    A diversity of perspectives is key to finding creative solutions for complex problems that impact communities.  Including an array of voices, especially those affected by decisions, is necessary for building trust and achieving sustainable outcomes.  In this workshop participants will learn how social identities and other differences between people impact meetings. You’ll also learn how to create an inclusive meeting environment for all and how to avoid creating barriers to participation.

    Participants will:

    • Understand and discuss how social identities and interpersonal dynamics impact meetings and can lead to inequitable participation. 

    • Discover how our individual social identities impact how we facilitate.

    • Learn how to create an inclusive meeting environment for all, including how to avoid creating barriers to participation.

    • Learn and apply techniques to avoid making assumptions, jumping to conclusions, or dismissing diverse perspectives. 

    • Learn and practice techniques for creating space for participants to see each other across our differences and perspectives. 

    • Practice facilitation strategies that guide a diverse group toward their desired outcomes when the group becomes stuck.

      Cost: $265 member, $355 non-member, $175 student member

      *PLEASE NOTE: Members must be logged in to iap2usa.org to receive the member rate.

      *International IAP2 members require a code to register. Contact info@iap2usa.org for it.

      — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

      Trainers

      Connected Realities 


      Joy Lujan

      Joy is the founder of Connected Realities, LLC. Before dedicating herself full-time to collaboration consulting in 2016, Joy had 17 years of experience as a community planner, facilitator, mediator, and trainer while working for the National Park Service. Her passion for authentic public engagement underscores her deep commitment to community dialogue and public processes where people hear each other, understand each other, and find ways to work together effectively. Her experience working within all levels of city, county, state, and federal government agencies as well as community groups and nonprofit organizations, has resulted in success in reaching group consensus on contentious projects. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver. Her primary focus is to help individuals and groups translate individual power into collective action through effective collaboration.

      Le'alani S. Boykin


      Le`alani is a Native Hawaiian community planner and engagement specialist fascinated with people processes and human potential.  She empowers stakeholders and promotes useful input for community planning & design projects and community resource programs through careful process design and facilitation. Since 2008, she has provided meeting facilitation, participatory planning, capacity building, strategic planning, and training services to local, regional, and federal governments, nonprofits, and community-based organizations.  She uses empathy, mindfulness, and visualizations to help groups with diverse learning styles to work together toward a common goal.  Le`alani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.  She is a certified planner of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.
      • January 24, 2022
      • (EST)
      • January 28, 2022
      • (EST)
      • 5 sessions
      • Online
      • 13
      Register

      The International Association for Public Participation developed this program to meet the needs of practitioners conducting public involvement and community engagement in a changing world. Both new and experienced practitioners and managers benefit from the structure, proven techniques, and knowledge that you’ll learn in this interactive training course. The Planning Course introduces foundational information that has stood the test of time and the Techniques Course introduces 39 different techniques for accomplishing desired objectives. Upon completion of both modules, you will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2.

      Learning Objectives

      At the end of this course participants will:

      • Define public participation and explain the rationale behind it
      • Explain the three foundations of effective public participation
      • List the five steps in the planning process
      • Discuss how to plan p2 objectives that can be integrated into an agency’s decision-making process
      • Explain how communication objectives support effective public participation
      • Choose from various p2 techniques to support accomplishment of p2 objectives.
        • Evaluate their use of varying public participation techniques

            Professional Certification/Credits

            This course is required for IAP2 Professional Certification.
            Eligible for APA - AICP Continuing Education Credit CM I 18 CM

            Planning for Effective Public Participation (5 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

              January 24 - 28, 2022        1 PM – 5 PM ET

              Members $750 -- Regular $900 

              $25 Early registration discount before December, 17 2021

              Last day to Register January 21, 2022

              PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged in to receive the member rate. International IAP2 members can contact info@iap2usa.org for a code to register. 

              Cancellation and Substitution policy

              **This course is a prerequisite for the subsequent module, Techniques for Effective Public Participation.**

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              Techniques for Effective Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 12 CM) 

                January 31 - February 3, 2022         1 PM – 5 PM ET

                Members $500 --  Regular $600

                Certificate Program - Both Modules (9- 4 hour Sessions) 

                        Regular $1,500  Members $1,250  

                  Cancellation and Substitution policy

                  Trainer:

                  Doug Zenn has 30 years of experience in the communications field and has developed and managed community involvement, awareness, and education efforts around numerous issues including visioning, transportation, water resources, community-based planning and more. Doug has led ZennAssociates’ development of the innovative “Three-Dimensional Public Participation” model (3DP2) an approach that expands community access to project information and provides unique avenues for community input including the use of new technologies. Doug also serves on the executive committee for IAP2’s Cascade Chapter (Oregon and Southwest Washington) and is a certified trainer for IAP2’s public involvement foundations courses. Doug Zenn has 30 years of experience in the communications field and has developed and managed community involvement.

                  • January 27, 2022
                  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
                  • Online
                  • 96
                  Register

                  January 27

                  2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

                  Description:

                  With so many digital tools available to suit different needs, here's an exciting opportunity to find out what tools work and how they can work for you. 

                  Join civic engagement specialist Susanna Haas Lyons for this series of six, 90-minute workshops. You'll learn about a particular digital P2 tool (a different one at each workshop), and hear from practitioners who have already used it, ask why they chose it, how well it met their needs, what staff capacity they needed; AND, you'll get to try the tool out for yourself.

                  Digital Discovery Workshop-4: Digital Whiteboards. 

                  The digital version of flipcharts, collaborative whiteboards allow groups to collaborate remotely. Participants can add ideas at the same time, or at their own pace. Learn about using digital whiteboards ways to present, engage and collaborate for P2 projects.

                  Facilitator:


                  Susanna Haas Lyons is a civic engagement specialist. designing participation strategies, facilitating complex meetings, and providing training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers.


                  • January 31, 2022
                  • (EST)
                  • February 10, 2022
                  • (EST)
                  • 9 sessions
                  • ONLINE


                  9-Day online course

                  January 31, February 10, 12:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

                  Foundations in Public Participation – The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and TPC are pleased to announce that we are ready to offer the International Association for Public Participation’s flagship Foundations Program ONLINE

                  Two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public communication and participation – Planning and Techniques – offered virtually over nine (9) 4 Hour Days in partnership with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

                  Module One introduces a proven method for planning effective public participation and Module Two equips students with 40+ diverse methods for accomplishing engagement objectives. Both courses are delivered in half-day sessions full of interactive exercises and opportunities to get to work with your fellow students virtually. Class size, as always, is limited to 20 students to provide the maximum opportunity to learn.

                  Presenters: The Participation Company 

                  • Planning for Effective Public Participation (5 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

                       January 31- February 4 2022  12:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

                        Regular $960 -- Early Bird $870 -- Members $870

                  • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 12 CM) 

                        February 7 - 10, 2022, 12:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

                        Regular $640 -- Early Bird $ 580 -- Members $580

                  • Full Foundations Program Both Modules (9- 4 hour Sessions CM I 30 CM)  

                        Regular $1,600 -- Early Bird $1,450 -- Members $1,450  

                  Early Bird Registration Deadline: 1/4/2022
                  Last Day to Register: 1/10/2022

                  Register with The Participation Company

                  The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

                  Questions? Email Jennifer Armstrong for more information.

                  • January 31, 2022
                  • (EST)
                  • February 03, 2022
                  • (EST)
                  • 4 sessions
                  • Online
                  • 19
                  Register

                  Once you have completed the planning course, you are ready to add dozens of practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit—powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. This module breaks down specific methods, exploring not only what each is, but how and when to use it – the strengths, weaknesses and needed resources. The course combines discussion, presentation, exercises and practice using varying techniques to give you a full understanding of the range of techniques and how to choose, modify and evaluate techniques for the most effective public participation.

                  Learning Objectives

                  At the end of this course participants will:

                  • Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies
                  • Assess and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives
                  • Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances
                  • Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively
                  • Evaluate their use of varying public participation techniques

                  Professional Certification/Credits

                  Techniques for Effective Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 12 CM) 

                    January 31 - February 3, 2022         1 PM – 5 PM ET

                    Members $500 --  Regular $600

                    $25 Early registration discount before December, 17 2021

                    Last day to Register January 21, 2022

                    PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged in to receive the member rate. International IAP2 members can contact info@iap2usa.org for a code to register. 

                    Cancellation and Substitution policy

                    **You must first complete the subsequent module, Techniques for Effective Public Participation.**

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                    Planning for Effective Public Participation (5 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

                      January 24 - 28, 2022        1 PM – 5 PM ET 

                      Members $750 -- Regular $900 

                      Certificate Program - Both Modules (9- 4 hour Sessions) 

                              Regular $1,500  Members $1,250  

                        Cancellation and Substitution policy

                        Trainer:

                        Doug Zenn has 30 years of experience in the communications field and has developed and managed community involvement, awareness, and education efforts around numerous issues including visioning, transportation, water resources, community-based planning and more. Doug has led ZennAssociates’ development of the innovative “Three-Dimensional Public Participation” model (3DP2) an approach that expands community access to project information and provides unique avenues for community input including the use of new technologies. Doug also serves on the executive committee for IAP2’s Cascade Chapter (Oregon and Southwest Washington) and is a certified trainer for IAP2’s public involvement foundations courses. Doug Zenn has 30 years of experience in the communications field and has developed and managed community involvement.

                        • February 08, 2022
                        • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)
                        • online

                        A reprise of one of the more popular sessions at the 2021 IAP2 North American Conference. TBA

                        • February 22, 2022
                        • (EST)
                        • February 25, 2022
                        • (EST)
                        • 4 sessions
                        • Online

                        STRATEGIES (Four- 3.0 hour sessions) 

                        February 22, 2022 - February 25, 2022

                        PUBLIC ANGER IS AN INCREASING FACT OF SOCIETY
                        Growing global citizen outrage causes government gridlock, lawsuits, stopped projects, election losses, loss of time, money, and destroyed credibility. 

                        STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH OPPOSITION AND OUTRAGE IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION is a new workshop based on the theories of Dr. Peter Sandman (www.psandman.com), creator of the "Risk = Hazard + Outrage" formula and a pre-eminent risk communication speaker and consultant. This course will help you move people from rage to reason and engage stakeholders in building consensus for better decisions.

                        This practical, hands-on workshop is a fresh 2-day mix of lecture, video, small and large group discussion and authentic, real world exercises that give you the answers, tools and ability to prevent problems, manage the tough public issues that you face and keep your organization on track and moving forward.

                        Members $625 --  Early Bird $625  --  Non-Members $750

                        Early Bird Registration Deadline 1/25/2022
                        Last Day to Register: 1/31/2022

                        Register with the Participation Company

                        AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

                        TRAINER: