• February 25, 2019
  • February 26, 2019
  • Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758
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  • For members of AICP registering on or before December 14, 2018.
  • For members of the IAP2 Affiliates or IAP2 Federation International Associates.


In September 2017, Alan Beattie presented DRUMBEAT® as a P2 tool or technique at the North American IAP2 conference held in Denver. Based on the extremely positive response both during and post the conference, Alan (Holyoake) has developed a two day DRUMBEAT® for Public Participation / Community Development course.

PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2.org to obtain it.

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Learning Objectives

This course provides participants with:

  • The Drumming skills required to utilise this unique and engaging technique
  • The knowledge and format/information to run a comprehensive program suitable for projects requiring comprehensive engagement and/or community development
  • Tips and tricks on how to use DRUMBEAT for one off P2 sessions, events, ice-breakers etc.

Course Overview

DRUMBEAT® is an evidence-based social emotional learning program, incorporating hand-drumming, proven to build resilience and show measurable changes in social behaviour. An acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts, the program focuses on social connection through teamwork.

This is achieved using a combination of five core elements:

  • Core Rhythms
  • Rhythm Games
  • Discussion
  • Improvisation
  • Performance

The core DRUMBEAT® program is structured across ten sessions. Each session is centered on relationship themes including identity, teamwork, communication, values and managing emotions. Participants work as a team to set and enforce group boundaries, discuss social issues through rhythm analogies and prepare for the group performance.

This two day course has adopted the key principles, structure/format and evidence the DRUMBEAT® has accrued over the past decade and modified the content and approach so that it is suitable as public participation technique/tool.

Trainer(s): Alan Beattie & Dee Brooks

Alan BeattieAlan Beattie, is the Social Enterprise Manager at Holyoake, Perth, Western Australia. Alan has been an IAP2 accredited trainer since 2005 delivering training both within Australia and internationally.
Alan has worked in a range of sectors in both a public participation and community/ economic development context: Indigenous people, refugees, sport & recreation, health (physical and social/emotional wellbeing), arts and infrastructure to name but a few.
Alan commenced his role at Holyoake in January 2017 and has linked his P2 knowledge and skills with Holyoake’s award winning DRUMBEAT program to develop a new and highly innovative public participation / community development technique.

SDee BrooksDee Brooks is the Director of the Jeder Institute and a Holyoake, DRUMBEAT Master Trainer. She is a passionate and highly energetic international community engagement and development trainer who also provides professional facilitation and keynote addresses for conferences, forums and events across the globe.
Dee is a founding member and Facilitator of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Asia Pacific Network, an ABCD trainer and consultant, an Art of Hosting trained facilitator, a Flow Game Host and a DRUMBEAT Facilitator.
Dee is an International Faculty Member & Board Member of the ABCD Institute based at Northwestern University, Chicago, U.S.A. and a Steward of the international ABCD in Action Network.

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