Resources _________________________ OSPI Professional Development Calendar

Building Individual and Collective Capacity for Engaging Conflict

An essential characteristic of effective people in any community or organization is the ability to engage successfully in critical and difficult conversations. Successful teaming requires a diverse group of individuals to engage in challenging conversations around complex issues. Sound Options Group is offering a series of professional development opportunities designed for building individual and collective capacity for navigating conflict and based on an MTSS framework.

  • Tier 1 offerings focus on building individual competence and confidence for engaging interpersonal conflict.
  • Tier 2 offerings focus on building skills for supporting others to navigate conflict.  This includes Conflict Coaching, Group Facilitation, and Teaching basic skills.
  • Tier 3 resources focus on building a culture of effective conflict engagement in support of new learning and adaptive work.

Target Audience

Administrators, Program Coordinators, Teachers, Counselors, Central Office Staff, ESA Staff, Parents, Parent Partners.

Contact Greg Abell at Sound Options Group, LLC grega@somtg.com if you have questions.

Seminar Offerings – 2021/2022

Tier One

Target Audience - Educators, Parents, Service Providers

Engaging Challenging Conversations is a prerequisite for all Tier 2 and 3 courses.

Tier Two

Target Audience - Educators, Parents, Service Providers

Learn Fundamentals of Effective Teaming is a stand-alone seminar

Tier Two

Target Audience - Educators, Parents, Service Providers

Operating from the Third Side. Supporting Others to Navigate Conflict

Tier One: Core

Engaging Challenging Conversations

Target Audience

Educators, Parents, Service Providers

This Tier 1 core course, Engaging Challenging Conversations, is foundational to our Multi-Tiered System of Support for Conflict Engagement, MTSSCE.  It is a stand-alone course designed for increasing a participant’s individual capacity for engaging conflict. It also serves as a prerequisite and introduction to key concepts, processes and skills that will be built upon in all subsequent Tier 2 courses.  In this seminar we:

  • explore the work of key thinkers and leaders in the field,
  • introduce foundational concepts, processes, and skills at the heart of effective conflict engagement, and
  • explore and practice a fundamental framework and set of skills and strategies for effectively engaging interpersonal conflict.

Dates Offered

Seminars are offered over a Zoom platform in four (4) half-day sessions,

December 8, 9, 15, 16

8:30 – 12:00 each session

February 9, 10, 16, 17

1:00 – 4:00 each session

April 20, 21, 27, 28

1:00 – 4:00 each session

Tier One: Foundations

Foundations of Effective Teaming

Target Audience

This class is designed for individuals or groups are looking to improve teaming. IEP Teams, Leadership Teams, Task Forces.

In our organizations and communities, it is expected that we will collaborate as we pursue our work.  It is such a common expectation that we just assume that it will happen.  Effective collaboration takes a shared commitment to a mutual purpose and mutually beneficial outcome.  It must be built and nurtured as an essential element of the work.  In this seminar we:

  • identify key challenges to effective teaming,
  • explore a framework for creating shared expectations as a group, and
  • focus on the core function of a team, shared learning.

Dates Offered

Seminars are offered over a Zoom platform in two (2) half-day sessions,

January 12, 13

8:30 – 12-00 each session

March 1, 2

1:00 – 4:00 each session

Tier Two: Core

Operating From the Third Side: Supporting Others to Navigate Conflict Target Audience

Target Audience

Educators, Parents, Service Providers

This Tier 2 core seminar builds on foundational concepts, processes, and skills taught in Tier 1 and at the heart of our Multi-Tiered System of support for Conflict Engagement.  In this seminar we introduce the key Tier 2 roles of Conflict Coach/Consultant, Facilitator, and Teacher. In this seminar we will:

  • Review of key concepts, processes, and skills from Tier 1,
  • Introduce and explore the role of Facilitator in supporting the work of groups and teams,
  • Introduce and explore the role of Conflict Coach in support others to effectively engage and navigate conflict,
  • Introduce participant to a curriculum designed for sharing this learning with others.

Dates Offered

Seminars are offered over a Zoom platform in four (4) half-day sessions,

January 11, 18, 24, 25, 31

8:30 – 12-00 each session

March 8, 9, 15, 16, 22

1:00 – 4:00 each session

May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16

1:00 – 4:00 each session

Registration for all course offering is through PD Enroller.