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
    • December 16, 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.



    • August 08, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • August 16, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    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

            August 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 2022        1 PM – 5 PM ET

            Members $750 -- Regular $900 

            $25 Early registration discount before July 1,  2022

            Last day to Register August 5, 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) 

              November 14 - 17, 2022        1 PM – 5 PM ET

              Members $500 --  Regular $600

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

                      Regular $1,500  Members $1,250  


                    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.

                    • August 17, 2022
                    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
                    • August 18, 2022
                    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
                    • Online
                    • 18

                    Two 3-hour sessions

                    August 17 & 18 

                    POSTPONED (TBD)

                    12:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

                    Description:

                    Collaborative processes often involve assembling ad-hoc groups or teams of people to work together on a challenge or opportunity. Planners and facilitators bring people together around important issues and generally hope everyone is able to work together effectively to find solutions and accomplish tasks. However, groups are composed of people and people are complicated, which often makes leading groups challenging and confusing. This course is designed to help you learn and apply principles that will enable you to successfully lead a collaborative group effort more easily and effectively. You'll learn how to:


                    Participants will:

                    • Recognize common challenges and specific sources of difficulty in group processes, and apply creative and sustainable tools for conflict transformation.

                    • Evaluate your personal role in encouraging and inhibiting positive group behavior and growth.

                    • Recognize how individual and interpersonal differences show up in groups and learn how to employ differences to the group’s advantage. 

                    • Demonstrate proven facilitation techniques that encourage participation across differences, including constructive communication, co-creative participation, inspired visioning, and authentic engagement.

                    • Learn to engage diverse people with diverse personalities, perspectives, and strengths as you help a group chart a path forward and work toward their goals.

                    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, AICP

                    Le`alani (Kanaka `Ōiwi) is a community planner and collaboration 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.


                    12:00 am - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
                    • August 18, 2022
                    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
                    • Online

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

                    Board meeting dates are subject to change. 

                    • September 15, 2022
                    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
                    • Online

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

                    Board meeting dates are subject to change. 

                    • September 26, 2022
                    • (EDT)
                    • October 06, 2022
                    • (EDT)
                    • 9 sessions
                    • ONLINE


                    9-Day online course

                    September 26 - October 6, 2022   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

                         September 26 - 30, 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) 

                          October 3 - 6 ,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: 8/29/2022
                    Last Day to Register: 9/6/2022

                    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.

                    • September 29, 2022
                    • 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
                    • Online Via Zoom
                    • 20
                    Register

                    September 29, 2022

                    11:00 am - 3:30 pm Eastern

                    This course introduces a powerful, transparent process to identify and analyze key stakeholders for any engagement project – a critical step in an ethical and equity-centered engagement design. After understanding the theory and purpose, participants use short cases to practice stakeholder mapping. They learn how to identify and analyze the full spectrum of stakeholders, with special emphasis on underrepresented stakeholders who need additional outreach/support to ensure inclusive engagement. For each case, the group learns how to “clean” and finalize the map, and then discusses implementation challenges and how to overcome them.

                    Learning outcomes:

                    • Challenge: Design and implement equity-centered engagement processes for increasingly diverse communities 
                    • Critical to success: Robust and comprehensive stakeholder identification and analysis (“stakeholder mapping”)
                    • Course combines theory, practice, instructions, templates
                    • Participants leave ready to conduct thorough, defensible stakeholder mapping that identifies underrepresented stakeholders, and use the results to plan and successfully implement inclusive engagement 

                      Outline:

                      • Introduction, overview, and grounding
                      • Stakeholder mapping 
                        • Framing 
                        • Process + Practice, Case 1 
                        • IAP2 context: Code of Ethics 
                        • Process + Practice, Case 2
                      •  Close: Reflections, evaluation 

                      Participants receive:

                      • Detailed stakeholder mapping instructions 
                      • Stakeholder mapping templates and examples 
                      • Complete course content and notetaking document
                      $200 Members  --  $275 Non Members  --  $125 Student Members. 

                      PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged into iap2usa.org as a member to register at the member rate.

                      Members from other IAP2 regions need a code to register which can be obtained from info@iap2usa.org

                       — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

                      Trainer: Anne Carroll

                      Anne Carroll has been a consultant and trainer in public involvement and strategic planning for many years, serving primarily the public sector in both the USA and Canada. She focuses on designing and implementing ethical and equity-centered stakeholder engagement on important public issues, reaching out to and engaging diverse groups of people and perspectives, and tackling complex and multi-stakeholder environments. She served for 16 years as an elected member of the citywide St. Paul, Minnesota Board of Education, and serves as a board or committee member with IAP2 USA and the Minnesota Chapter, and the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership.


                      • October 11, 2022
                      • (EDT)
                      • October 20, 2022
                      • (EDT)
                      • 4 sessions
                      • Online Via Zoom
                      • 22
                      Register

                      October 11, 13, 18, 20

                      12:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern 

                      Digital tools are essential for public participation in the age of COVID-19. This hands-on course will teach you to create online engagement campaigns that gather input creatively, enable collaborative online interactions, and sustain participation over time. We'll identify barriers to participation and examine strategies to build equity and inclusion online. Learn best practices for facilitating online meetings. Bring your questions and lessons learned, so we can learn from one another's engagement innovations during this global pandemic. Join by computer if possible (rather than tablet), as this course gives you an opportunity to experience both the convenor and participant sides of online participation.

                      Participants completing this course can:

                      • Define objectives for their engagement efforts and understand how these apply to online participation strategies
                      • Use simple online tools to “listen” to what people are saying online about a project’s key issues and people
                      • Begin to write content appropriate for social media public participation projects and understand the importance of two-way communication in this medium
                      • Identify participation barriers for digital environments and explore approaches to increase equity and inclusion
                      • Recognize the value and capacity of online advertising
                      • Craft a basic online strategy to engage people at all depths of involvement and at various stages of the project

                      Cost: $530 member, $710 nonmember, $250 Student

                      You must be logged in to iap2usa.org to receive the member rate.

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

                       — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

                      Course Outline

                      Trainer: Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A.

                      Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A. is a civic engagement specialist. She designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for almost 20-years on large and complex citizen and stakeholder engagement projects across North America. Susanna teaches public participation skills for government, at post-secondary institutions and for professional learners. She is also a judge for Canada’s International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) annual awards that recognize excellence and innovation in public participation. susannahaaslyons.com

                      • October 17, 2022
                      • (EDT)
                      • October 20, 2023
                      • (EDT)
                      • 4 sessions
                      • Online

                      STRATEGIES (Four- 3.0 hour sessions) 

                      October 17 - 20, 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 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 9/19/2022
                      Last Day to Register: 9/26/2022

                      Register with the Participation Company

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

                      TRAINER: