Humboldt State UniversityHumboldt State University

A transformative professional development program focused on creating collaboration at work and in your communities

Skip to main content

Five Core Courses

To earn a certificate, you must complete five core courses for a total of 5.5 units.

Courses are non-credit, with a credit option. Courses may be taken individually; completion of certificate is not required.

Graduates of the Cascadia Center for Leadership 10-day program need only complete Foundations of Meeting Mastery, Advanced Meeting Mastery, and Designing Collaborative Processes to be eligible for the certificate.

Self Mastery: Who You Are Leads

Date: TBA, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Commitment: 15 hours

Fee: $175  •   Academic Credit (optional): .5 unit, $25

Increase your ability to make conscious and considered choices about how to behave as a leader in everyday and difficult situations.

  By the end of this course we hope you...

Constructive & Productive Interactions

Date: Fall 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Commitment: 15 hours

Fee: $350  •   Academic Credit (optional): 1 unit, $50

Learn to interact at work and in your communities in ways that strengthen the quality of everyone's thinking, relationships and decision-making.

  • Understand the critical role that interactions play in leading
  • Understand why and how people misperceive and "trigger" one another
  • Have tools to develop embodied mindfulness
  • Are better able to make conscious choices about when to use which skills
  • Are able to listen more skillfully
  • Know how to ask good questions
  • Are able to distinguish between what you think is going on from what is actually occurring
  • Say what you think in an inclusive and embodied way
  • Have the skills to effectively manage difficult conversations

Materials:

  • 100-page workbook: “Communication and Leadership Skills for Productive Interactions” by Mary Gelinas, Ed.D. and Roger James, Ed.D.

Advanced preparation required:

Students are required to read one of the following books prior to class and prepare a brief presentation on their most important learnings:

  • Crucial Conversations or Crucial Confrontations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler (New York: McGraw Hill, 2002 and 2005)
  • Change Your Questions: Change Your Life by Marilee Adams (San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2004)
  • Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen (New York: Viking, 1999)
  • Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott (New York: Berkley Books, 2004)
  • The Five Keys to Mindful Communication (Boston: Shambala Press, 2012)
  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg (Encinatis, CA: Puddle Dancer Press, 2005)
  • Saying What’s Real by Susan Campbell (Tiburon, CA: New World Library, 2005)
  • Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling by Edgar H. Schein (San Francisco, CA: 2013)
  • Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time by Mary V. Gelinas (Victoria, BC: Friesen Press, 2016)


Effective Meetings: The Key to Getting Things Done

Date: Thurs. & Fri., July 20 & 21, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Commitment: 15 hours

Fee: $350  •   Academic Credit (optional): 1 unit, $50

Acquire a set of tools to plan and conduct meetings, get and stay focused, and handle difficult behaviors.

  • Define concrete desired outcomes for meetings
  • Develop detailed agendas to achieve those outcomes
  • Determine which approach to making decisions is appropriate
  • Use various process tools in addition to discussion
  • Use various facilitative behaviors to keep a meeting on track
  • Have tools to develop embodied mindfulness
  • Are better able to make conscious choices about how to handle difficult situations
  • Create a "group memory"
  • Open and close meetings to build understanding and commitment

Materials:

  • 150-page workbook: Foundations of Meeting Mastery by Mary Gelinas, Ed.D. and Roger James, Ed.D.

Advanced preparation required:

Students are required to read one of the following books prior to class and prepare a brief presentation on their most important learnings:

  • Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007)
  • How To Make Meetings Work by Michael Doyle and David Strauss (New York: Jove, 1986)
  • How To Make Collaboration Work by David Straus (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2002)
  • Solving Tough Problems by Adam Kahane (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2004)
  • Visual Meetings by David Sibbet (New Jersey: Wiley & Sons, 2010)
  • The Wisdom of Group Decisions by Craig Freshley (Brunswick, ME: Good Group Decisions, 2010)
  • Don't Just Do Something, Stand There: Ten Principles for Meetings That Matter by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2007)
  • Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time by Mary V. Gelinas (Victoria, BC: Friesen Press, 2016)

Advanced Meeting Leadership for High-Stakes Meetings

Date: Wed., Thurs. & Fri., August 16, 17 & 18, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Commitment: 22.5 hours

Fee: $525  •   Academic Credit (optional): 1.5 units, $75

Learn and practice strategies and techniques to facilitate high-stakes meetings with complex power and group dynamics.
Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Effective Meetings OR comparable experience in leading meetings.

  • Help groups solve problems and make wise decisions faster
  • Define purpose and outcomes for high-stakes meetings in neutral and inclusive terms
  • Use various models to plan and conduct complex meetings
  • Define stakeholders and identify their appropriate level of involvement in decision-making
  • Stay grounded and continue to help people who are in conflict move forward
  • Make conscious choices about how to handle difficult situations
  • Use multiple process tools and facilitative behaviors
  • Develop collaborative agreements among diverse participants
  • Make course corrections when a meeting needs to change direction
  • Use body language, pace and tone to keep a meeting moving forward

Materials:

  • 100-page workbook: Designing Collaborative Processes for Communities and Organizations by Mary Gelinas, Ed.D. and Roger James, Ed.D.
  • Engagement Streams Framework, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, Revised August, 2014. Available at www.ncdd.org/rc/item/2142
  • Meaningful Public Conversations by Mary V. Gelinas and Roger G. James. Available at www.gelinasjames.com

Advanced preparation required:

Students are required to read one of the following books prior to class and prepare a brief presentation on their most important learnings:

  • The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems, 2nd ed. by Peggy Holman, Tom Devane, and Steve Cady (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2007
  • The Circle Way by Christina Baldwin (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010)
  • Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2008)
  • Future Search: Getting the Whole System in the Room for Vision, Commitment, and Action, 3rdd Ed. by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2010)
  • Dialogue by Linda Ellinor and Glenna Gerard (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998)
  • The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building A Learning Organization by Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard Ross, and Bryan Smith (New York: Doubelday, 1994)
  • Open Space Techology by Harrison Own (Potomac, MD: Abbott Publishing, 1992)
  • Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations, 2nd ed. by Richard Axelrod (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010)
  • You Don’t Have To Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done by Richard Axelrod, Emily Axelrod, Julie Beedon, and Robert Jacobs (San Francsico: Berrett-Koehler, 2004)
  • The World Café by Juanita Brown (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2005)
  • Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy by Tina Nabatchi and Matt Leighninger (New Jersey: Jossey-Bass, 2015)
  • Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results by David Peter Stroh (White River Junction, VT: Green Publishing, 2015)
  • Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time by Mary V. Gelinas (Victoria, BC: Friesen Press, 2016)

Designing Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Change Processes

Date: Wed., Thurs. & Fri., Oct. 25, 26 & 27, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Commitment: 30 hours

Fee: $525  •   Academic Credit (optional): 2 units, $100

Leaders need to know how to design transparent, collaborative processes that involve diverse stakeholders. Advance your ability to take on complex issues as you learn about successful processes and begin designing your own.

  • Design effective collaborative and inclusive multi-stakeholder change processes
  • Understand various change models and use them to develop "process maps"
  • Define key stakeholders, and their various levels of involvement
  • Understand various ways to engage stakeholders
  • Understand how to help people make transitions as the process and/or change unfold
  • Differences between conducting change processes in organizations and communities
  • Know how to develop education, communication and outreach plans

Materials:

  • 100-page workbook: Designing Collaborative Processes for Communities and Organizations by Mary Gelinas, Ed.D. and Roger James, Ed.D.
  • Engagement Streams Framework, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, Revised August, 2014. Available at www.ncdd.org/rc/item/2142
  • Meaningful Public Conversations by Mary V. Gelinas and Roger G. James. Available at www.gelinasjames.com

Advanced preparation required:

Students are required to read one of the following books prior to class and prepare a brief presentation on their most important learnings:

  • The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems, 2nd ed. by Peggy Holman, Tom Devane, and Steve Cady (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2007
  • The Circle Way by Christina Baldwin (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010)
  • Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2008)
  • Future Search: Getting the Whole System in the Room for Vision, Commitment, and Action, 3rdd Ed. by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2010)
  • Dialogue by Linda Ellinor and Glenna Gerard (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998)
  • The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building A Learning Organization by Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard Ross, and Bryan Smith (New York: Doubelday, 1994)
  • Open Space Techology by Harrison Own (Potomac, MD: Abbott Publishing, 1992)
  • Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations, 2nd ed. by Richard Axelrod (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010)
  • You Don’t Have To Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done by Richard Axelrod, Emily Axelrod, Julie Beedon, and Robert Jacobs (San Francsico: Berrett-Koehler, 2004)
  • The World Café by Juanita Brown (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2005)
  • Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy by Tina Nabatchi and Matt Leighninger (New Jersey: Jossey-Bass, 2015)
  • Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results by David Peter Stroh (White River Junction, VT: Green Publishing, 2015)
  • Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time by Mary V. Gelinas (Victoria, BC: Friesen Press, 2016)

 

Elective Coures

The following courses are optional and are not required to obtain the certificate.

Graphic Recording

Date: TBA, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Commitment: 7 hours

Fee: $175 (Non-credit)

​Graphic recording serves meeting participants by writing and drawing their conversation live and large to help them do their work. It's a powerful tool to help people feel heard, develop shared understandings and be able to see their work in real-time.​

  • Practice public listening, lettering, and core drawing skills of graphic recording
  • Gain hands-on practice recording with blank paper, using several visual templates to focus a group's conversation
  • Develop and share graphic icons for graphic recording

Consulting Skills

Date: Wed., Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 13, 14 & 15, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Commitment: 22.5 hours

Fee: $525  •   Academic credit (optional): 1.5 units, $75

Registration opens in July 2017. Please check back.

Increase your ability to have a strong and positive impact on your client's results as a staff person or external consultant.

  • Know how to have your expertise and experience more fully utilized and get your recommendations implemented
  • Be able to establish and maintain effective partnerships with clients
  • Know the phases of the consulting process
  • Identify the skills necessary for the process
  • Be able to apply the eight keys to effective consulting including:
    • Being skillfully authentic
    • Building clear agreements
    • Managing resistance and resolving conflicts

Materials:

  • 300-page workbook: Consulting Skills: Bringing Your Authentic Self Forward by Mary Gelinas, Ed.D. and Roger James, Ed.D.

Advanced preparation required:

Students are required to read one of the following books prior to class and prepare a brief presentation on their most important learnings:

  • Flawless Consulting, 3rd ed.  by Peter Block (San Francisco: Pfeiffer, 2011)
  • The Consultant’s Calling by Geoffrey M. Bellman (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1990)
  • Consulting on the Inside by Beverly Scott (Alexandria, VA: American Society for Training and Development, 2000)
  • The Conscious Consultant by Kristine Quade and Renee M. Brown (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002)
  • Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help by Edgar H. Schein (San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2009)
  • Process Consultation Revisited: Building Helping Relationships by Edgar H. Schein (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1999)

 

BACK TO TOP