Foundations in Public Participation – The only international program of its kind, this program provides participants with an overview of public participation, best practices in the field, and dynamic techniques to enhance impact. This unique training program equips participants with practical tools for designing and implementing effective P2 plans.

Strategies for Dealing with Opposition & Outrage in P2 – Building on IAP2’s global best practices in public involvement and the work of Dr. Peter Sandman, a foremost researcher and expert in public outrage and risk communication, this course will help you move people from rage to reason and engage stakeholders in building consensus for better decisions.

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"I wanted to tell you that I’m getting great feedback from everyone and it’s truly been a life changing experience for some, which I knew it would be. I can’t thank you enough for your help this past week and I look forward to two more trainings for the rest of my Public Outreach & Engagement Peer Group. We have about 45 people all being trained with IAP2. Just think what a difference that will make in our Agency moving forward!"

Deanna J. Desedas, Public Outreach & Engagement Manager
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Upcoming Courses

    • April 12, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • April 22, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE

    9-Day online course, April 12 - 22, 2021

    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

          April 12 – 16, 2021        3 PM – 7 PM ET

          Regular $915  Early Bird $780 Members $780

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

          April 19 – 22, 2021   3 PM – 7 PM ET

          Regular $610  Early Bird $ 520  Members $520

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

          Regular $1,525  Early Bird $1,300  Members $1,300  

    Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 18, 2021

    Last Day to Register: March 30, 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.

    • April 13, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This course will invite practitioners to reflect on their own experiences as both participants and facilitators of public participation processes to explore inclusive public participation strategies and practices that engage traditionally under-served groups with an emphasis on ethnic minorities and immigrant populations. The course will equip participants on tools and strategies to:

    • Understand who is in their community and issues that matter to traditionally marginalized communities
    • Determine assets of community members to ensure effective inclusive engagement
    • Design public engagement efforts to support inclusive public participation
    • Build relationships and trust to sustain the impact of public participation efforts

    Join us for an interactive session, where you can fill your toolbox with some new, innovative and effective public engagement techniques that will help you host better, powerful conversations, achieve objectives and create momentum positive change   

    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. 

    Learning Objectives:

    At the end of this course, participants will:

    • Recognize the value of ensuring inclusive public participation processes
    • Understand who is in their community and issues that matter to traditionally marginalized communities
    • Determine assets of community members to ensure effective inclusive engagement
    • Design and implement public engagement efforts to support inclusive public participation
    • Build relationships and trust to sustain the impact of public participation efforts

    Trainer: Mahvash Hassan

    Mahvash Hassan facilitates multi-sector collaboration in support of inclusive communities. Her clients include: local governments, nonprofits, UN agencies and philanthropy. At the Institute for Local Government she developed resources on engaging immigrant communities and was a co-trainer for the TIERS Public Engagement Learning Lab. Her consulting projects include: coordinating a Muslim and South Asian civic engagement collaborative, design and facilitation of large-scale public engagement workshops and small-group dialogues on race and ethnicity. Mahvash is chair of the Board of Directors for Welcoming America, and holds a M.P.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    • April 20, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 21, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 17

    Two 3-hour sessions

    April 20 & 21

    11:00 am - 2:00 pm (EDT)


    The concept of workforce Diversity is no longer an abstraction; it is part of everyday life. But how much do we actually understand about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)? In today’s environment of a heightened focus on racial disparities, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce, organizations seek to better understand how to effectively advance DEI initiatives within the organization. This course is geared for those who seek a fundamental understanding of DEI. It will provide a fundamental understanding of DEI Concepts and address the following: Why DEI is important in the workplace and in social investment. Know the true value of DEI in the workplace. This course will provide an understanding of the terminology, insights into legal and compliance constructs and beyond, and insights into creating a Framework to advance DEI in the workplace. This course will also challenge individuals to explore their attitudes and perceptions about DEI and to self-identify with their DEI role within an organization using the PCIHO model (Pioneer, Champion, Influencer, Hesitater, Obstructer).

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

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

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

    — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

    Trainer: Adriene Wright

    Adriene Wright

    Adriene is a consultant and thought leader with more than twenty years’ experience in stakeholder engagement. She is currently serving on IAP2 International's Board of Directors. Her background also includes engineering, marketing, communications, and fund development. She has worked across market sectors in aerospace, transportation, energy, higher education, and government. She is a former Brookings Congressional Fellow and policy advisor in the U.S. Senate.

    Adriene is Founder, President and CEO of Abelita, LLC, a management consulting company with a significant emphasis on working with clients across market sectors leading stakeholder engagement initiatives, strategic planning, organizational development, training, and thought leadership. She is also a professional certified life coach, trainer, speaker, and published author.

    • May 03, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • May 06, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 24

    Does this sound familiar?

    • Are your conversations fraught with discomfort, tension and concern?
    • Are you unsure what to say or intimidated in difficult conversations?
    • Are fear, hesitancy and worry about getting it right constant companions in your work?
    • Are you feeling burnt out, stressed and stretched to the limit in your interactions with others in conflict situations?
    • Are you in need of support, comfort and an ability to know when to walk away, disengage and recover yourself?
    • Are the practices that have served you in the past not working?
    • Are you worried about having really tough conversations with your team, community or group?

    There is a different way. Brave, Honest Conversations™ are a way of talking together, working together and living. When we show up with courage, compassion and integrity the possibilities are endless. The world needs more leaders who dare to make a lasting difference.

    PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into iap2usa.org as a member to register at the member rate. Please contact info@iap2usa.org if you have any questions 

    $425 Members   --  $510 Non-Members  --  $250 Student Members

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    It’s time to build your leadership skills – to practice courage, compassion and responsibility for impact. When you build your capacity to lead others, groups and the world around you, you create the momentum for positive change and the opportunity to move from stuck to possible. Foundational to leading others is the ability to lead yourself, to practice courage, compassion and kindness for yourself, and to make choices that allow you to bring your best self to your work.

    • Courageously show up as a leader who invites tough conversations;
    • Cultivate and enhance a mindset of service and commitment to brave, honest conversations;
    • Create a space for brave, honest conversations that encourage constructive participation and address conflict boldly;
    • Learn tips, tools and approaches to deal with high stakes, high emotion situations;
    • Build comfort, confidence and skill to work with the chaos and emotions in a room or group; and
    • Practice and experience effective approaches for recovery, stress reduction and setting boundaries amid conflict and controversy.

    Trainer: Stephani Roy McCallum