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Do you work with natural resource-based groups or individuals who often find themselves in conflict situations? Michigan State University Extension offers an intensive program designed to help you gain confidence and competence in helping groups and communities productively address contentious natural resource issues.Participants will:

  • Gain conflict resolution skills related to listening, questioning, dealing with difficult behaviors, and facilitating dialogue 

  • Achieve a deeper understanding of the continuum of conflict management options and approaches, and skill in diagnosing situations and choosing appropriate strategies

  • Build expertise in facilitating collaborative problem solving and deliberation among groups

  • Form a clearer understanding of the roles of both scientific facts and human values in contentious issues

  • Explore alternative approaches to synthesizing and incorporating public input

  • Become part of an interactive statewide network of natural resource professionals dedicated to facilitating natural resource conflicts in creative and collaborative ways

The program is divided into two sessions:

March 23-24 & April 13-14, 2017

Kettunen Center, Tustin, MI

Participants MUST be able to attend both sessions, as the second builds on the information and material introduced in the first session. This also enables participants to develop long-term professional relationships with each other across agencies and geographic locations.

Cost: $495.00
(Cancellations received after March 6, 2017 will not be refunded.)

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact Georgia Peterson at 517-353-9435 or