Getting to the Core of Conflict and Communications

Getting to the CORE of Conflict and Communications

GTC3 NPS Cohort 6

Tuesday – Thursday, September 1-3, 2020

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM MST (AZ)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

This course is offered in partnership with the National Park Service.

  • All course materials will be available 24 hours prior to Session 1. 
  • Webinars will held in Webex, using an external conference line.
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Session One: Recognize the Signs

September 1, 2020

Learn the 4 Rs of the conflict resolution process. Understand what makes communication challenging and recognize how our perceptions and assumptions can contribute to conflict.
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Conflict Resolution Process
  • Perceptions and Assumptions
  • Conflict Escalation

Pre-Session Assignments: 




Session Two: Respond With Confidence

September 2, 2020

Define the sources and types of conflict. Learn about the emotional brain and how to calm ourselves and others. Explore different strategies for handling conflict, and the resources of the DOI CADR Office.


  • Challenging Conversations
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict Handling Strategies

Pre-Session Assignments:



Session Three: Resolve and Reflect

September 3, 2020

Learn how to prepare for challenging conversations and negotiations. Discover how to shift the dialogue from opposing positions to common interests. Develop strategies for making the conversation safe and responding with respect.
  • Preparing to Resolve Conflict
  • Communication Skills: Listening and Speaking
  • Resources of the DOI CADR Program
  • Reflection

Pre-Session Assignments:



Course Wrap-Up

Complete by Friday, September 11:

  • Complete the GTC3 Online Evaluation (link will be sent via email)
  • View recordings of any webinars you missed, and complete the Self-Study Form below.
  • Report your course completion in DOI Talent.
  • Recommended: Complete "Preparing for Challenging Conversations" exercise (Workbook p. 41-42)

Looking for more training? 

  • DOI CADR Advanced Communications Training course: The training will include a combination of theory and skill-building in a co-learning environment. This is a “level 2” communication training that builds upon and enhances the learning from the “level 1” GTC3. NPS Course dates/times:
    • September 28-30 @ 12:30-3:30pm ET
    • September 15-17 @ 12:30-3:30pm ET
  • Upcoming virtual courses at USFWS NCTC, and link to NCTC website


Managing by Network Overview

GTC3 Class Overview and Policies

Anne Desmarais

Course Facilitator

Assistant Director, Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy

Holly Larson

Outdoor Recreation Planner
Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program

Dr. Mary Chavez Rudolph, EdD

DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution

Sigal Shoham

DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution

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