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Facilitating Agreements in Environmental and Public Policy Disputes

Instructor: Donna Silverberg
Location: University of Idaho College of Law
Date: May 19-21, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $425.00

Course Information

This two-and-a-half day course is designed for those who wish to facilitate agreements in public policy disputes or to become better equipped to counsel or represent people in collaborative, agreement seeking public policy discussions; it is structured as an interactive and practical blend of lectures, discussions, exercises, role-plays and self-reflection.

Instructor Donna Silverberg has been mediating and facilitating northwest policy issues since 1998 and brings her hands on experiences and insights to blend with the latest techniques, tools and theories that guide the practice of public policy dispute resolution. Her clients and students find her sense of humor to be an added benefit to the serious work they do discussing and developing important public policies in a collaborative, agreement seeking setting.

What you will Learn:

  • How to distinguish between mediation and facilitation
  • The process, stages and design of a public policy dispute resolution process
  • When a collaborative approach to public policy is appropriate (and when it is not!)
  • Tips for facilitating public policy negotiations: group dynamics, negotiation nuances and reaching ratification
  • Tips for avoiding common pitfalls of public policy dispute resolution processes
  • Ethical considerations that every public policy mediator or facilitator should remember

About the Presenter

Donna Silverberg is the owner and principal of DS Consulting, a Portland, Oregon based facilitation, mediation and consensus building firm focused on public policy and natural resource issues. She has been a practicing mediator/facilitator for nearly 25 years. The past 15 years have been spent facilitating large, technically complex natural resource and public health issues in the northwest such as: Oregon’s Fish Consumption Rate project for water quality standard revisions relating to human health criteria; the Pinniped Fishery Interaction Task Force; the Coastal Coho Recovery Plan Project; the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership and NW Power and Conservation Council’s “Science to Policy” Summits; and numerous strategic planning sessions for SWCDs, watershed councils and OWEB.

Donna served as the manager of Oregon’s Public Policy Dispute Resolution Program from 1994-1998 with a stint as Governor John Kitzhaber’s Special Assistant on Dispute Resolution for natural resource issues from 1996-1998. Ms. Silverberg is a member of the State Bar of California, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and served as a board member of the Oregon Mediation Association from 1998-2005, serving three years as President. She is an adjunct faculty member of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management and has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Oregon, University of San Diego, University of Idaho, Hamline University and Pepperdine’s Straus Institute of Conflict Resolution.


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