Spaces filling up at Sacramento IAP2 Skills Symposium!

Plenty of opportunities to learn
at the 2020 Sacramento Symposium

Newcomers to public participation and seasoned pros alike find lots to learn at the IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, March 9 – 13, in Sacramento, California.

First of all, a big THANK YOU! to all those who have registered for courses so far! The early-bird deadline has passed, but there are still spaces available.

Have you taken the Foundations course yet? This is the basis of P2 know how and the prerequisite for professional certification, and you can take both modules in one five-day period. The three-day Planning for Effective Public Participation takes you right to the basics: what P2 is and its rationale. You’ll learn about the Five Steps and discuss how to develop P2 objectives that can become part of an organization’s process. It’s a great introduction for newcomers to the practice, managers and experienced practitioners who need a refresher.

Techniques for Effective Public Participation is the two day “sequel” to “Planning”, and lets you add dozens of practical tools and methodologies to your public participation toolkit—powerful techniques you can put to immediate use in your next project. You’ll learn how and when — and even whether — to use each technique, what their strengths and weaknesses are and the resources you’ll need. 

Why take “Foundations” at the Skills Symposium? You’ll have the added attraction of learning in an environment where you can hang out with other P2 practitioners, who are always willing to share their experiences.

In these challenging times you need strategies and behaviors to work together more effectively with communities and stakeholders.  IAP2’s Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage (two-day course) is recommended for seasoned practitioners who have practical experience working with the public. The workshop is practical, hands-on and participatory with a mix of video, lecture and group exercises.

Pipelines, federal policies, major infrastructure: more people are demanding to be heard on big projects that affect them, and P2 practitioners need ways of meeting that demand. Large Scale Engagement Techniques explores three popular methods: 21st-Century Town Hall, Deliberative Polling, and Citizen Juries. Each process helps participants learn about an issue, create space for in-depth deliberation and generate detailed feedback on public policy options. You’ll get to explore outreach strategies, how to develop discussion content and questions, and how to connect with diverse participants.

Do you need to increase your focus on inclusivity and equity as you design your processes? Making a Difference: Advancing Equity in Practice looks into professional development opportunities for those who wish to gain more experience in deeply reflective and inclusive design processes. In this interactive session, participants will understand the intersections of identities; how lived experiences are opportunities for collaboration and community-building; how we might bring an equity lens to systems that negatively impact our most vulnerable communities.

And there’s so much more to offer. Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance, but know that some of these courses have now sold out and others are filling up fast!

Remember that if you’re an APA AICP, IAP2 courses are eligible for Certification Maintenance credits.  

So make your plans, book your room at our host hotel, the Hilton Sacramento Arden West, and we’ll see you in Sacramento!

All the best,

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