Positive Change: Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry

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This course introduces you to an approach to positive change called, Appreciative Inquiry (AI). In the words of Robyn Stratton-Berkessel:

AI is a perspective on the world that connects leaders and their teams to the very best of who they are and what they do. The focus is on what works, what energizes, what gives life to human systems when we function at our best. AI methods tap into and leverage what already works and what the existing strengths and assets of a system are. It’s about discovering what people care enough about and are prepared and willing to take responsibility for now and into the future.

In this 8-hour, 4-week eCourse, you will learn about the origins of AI, its principles and assumptions, and positive change cycle. You’ll listen to videos of top thought leaders, and learn what makes AI a transformative change process. You’ll also practice some of the skills associated with AI and participate in discussions that take you through a mini-version of the positive change cycle.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

      • Describe what an appreciative approach to change is, and how it differs from a problem solving approach.
      • Delineate the assumptions and principles of AI, and the processes of the 5-D positive change cycle.
      • Understand and craft appreciative questions and provocative propositions.
      • Identify the factors contributing to, and competencies associated with, transformative outcomes when using AI.

Instructor: Joy L. Salmon has worked in public, nonprofit and private sectors in a variety of roles, from direct services to administration. She is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology & Human Systems and a Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning.

Audience: This eCourse is for human service professionals, including psychologists, social workers, professional clinical counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

CE Credit: This eCourse qualifies for 8 CEUs. For example, upon successful completion, Social Workers will receive 8 Category “A” credits under the ACSW competence requirements. This eCourse is applicable to all social work categories. Other professionals: Contact your regulatory board to determine course approval. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the discussion questions, post-test and course evaluation.

How it Works: This 8-hour, 4-week eCourse is presented in four parts, one each week. It includes videos, readings, application exercises, facilitated e-discussions, a post-test and evaluation. Participants can expect to spend approximately 2 hours each week on this course.

Fee: $199 per person. No charge for post test and continuing education certificate.

Registration: Call to arrange a time that works for your team or group.

Cancellation: Refunds (minus a $50 processing fee) are available. Please note: refunds are not available once access to the course has been given.

Post test & Evaluation:The post test is open book and you have three chances to succeed. A 70% grade is required to pass. Access the post test will be made available upon registration.

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