Pa. workshop teaches conflict resolution, consensus

March 13, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Conflict resolution and reaching a consensus will be covered in an upcoming series of workshops about running an effective group.

The Penn State Extension is offering a series of five workshops to help groups learn to stay focused, get along and make decisions. The first class is March 28 at the Franklin County (Pa.) Agricultural Heritage Center in Chambersburg.

“In our day jobs, we’re really good at doing what we need to do, ... but we sit down in a group and everything falls apart,” instructor Judy Chambers said.

The workshops will benefit a variety of groups, including boards of directors, church councils, advisory committees and youth sports officials, Chambers said.

Held from 7 to 9 p.m., the workshop dates are:
° March 28, Effective Meetings
° April 25, Productive Groups
° May 23, Managing Conflict
° June 27, Group Decisions
° July 25, Facilitation

“You can go to as many or as few as you want,” Chambers said, saying pre-registration is appreciated.

The cost is $25 per workshop or $100 for people attending all five.

“I think the take-away is whatever group or organization they’re involved with will communicate better,” Chambers said.

Participants will share their own best practices and test new skills in exercises.

“We’re going to talk a lot of about Robert’s Rules of Order, particularly in the workshop on group decisions. It’s a really useful tool, and it’s designed to benefit everyone in an organization,” Chambers said.

Register for classes at Penn State Extension Franklin County, 717-263-9226, or by contacting Judy Chambers, Penn State Extension Adams County at 717-334-6271, ext. 313 or

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