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Positive Community-Centered Communication

  • Blandin Foundation 100 North Pokegama Avenue Grand Rapids, MN, 55744 United States (map)

Summary and Rationale:
Equipping coalition members with effective communication skills bolsters their ability to apply the Positive Community Norms framework within their community while adhering to the 7 Core Principles.  Just as we approach the work of prevention by intentionally being mindful of Spirit, so too is our attitude of approach regarding the conversations we have within our community. Introducing coalition members to the effectiveness of the Positive Community-Centered Communication (CP3) approach, which adopts many elements of a Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach raises awareness of this dynamic.  This introduction establishes the foundational component to an effective communication style.  In this one-day course, participants examine the application of CP3 across all 7 of the Core Principles of the Science of the Positive with an emphasis on the first 3 (Be Positive, Be Present & Be Perceptive). 
Performance Objectives:
At the end of this module the participant will be able to:
•    Understand the Science of the Positive
•    Describe the Spirit/Science/Action/Return Cycle
•    Define Positive Community-Centered Communication (CP3)
•    Define Motivational Interviewing (MI)
•    Understand the role of CP3 within the 7 Core Principles & Assumptions of the Science of the Positive.
•    Understand the benefit of rolling with resistance.
•    Understand the impact of tone and attitude concerning communication.
•    Define active listening. 
•    Define the active listening skills (OARS)
•    Enhance their application of active listening skills (OARS)
•    Define Change Talk/Sustain Talk and their relation to Hope and Concern

Earlier Event: February 22
Positive Community Norms Student Survey
Later Event: March 2
Youth Leadership Academy