Collaboration and Dispute Resolution Program

Collaboration and Dispute Resolution Training Resources

Collaborative and dispute resolution processes and strategies are proven in developing more innovative, longer-term, and cooperative solutions to natural resources and other disputes, while avoiding or saving long-term costs and resources.  Collaboration is built-in to the fabric of the BLM's multiple-use mission, and practiced every day by BLM employees in the Field.  Increased skills and knowledge in the science (and art) of these processes will lead to more effective and efficient practices, and increase the benefits already associated with collaboration and dispute resolution.  This page offers an incomplete  list of training resources both internal and external to the BLM.


BLM Employees:   The BLM strongly encourages all BLM staff, management, and leadership to seek training and other opportunities to improve competencies related to collaboration, public participation, conflict management, and interpersonal communication.  The BLM's National Training Center offers multiple courses in collaborative and dispute resolution competencies, in addition to other courses available through DOI Learn, such as the "Getting to the Core of Conflict" series.  In addition, the  Collaboration and Dispute Resolution Program staff are available to assist individuals and offices by identifying existing relevant training.


BLM National Training Center (NTC) Courses
  • Fundamentals of Natural Resources Negotiation (1610-25) -- this course was an interactive satellite broadcast, aired in Fall of 2007.  The 3-hour broadcast is available for viewing on the NTC website's Knowledge Resource Center
  • Advanced Collaborative Governance (1620-25a) -- this practitioner-based 3-day course has been created in partnership with the National Policy Consensus Center, and provides the basic fundamentals of their Intro to Collaborative Governance course with a BLM focus and heavy emphasis and real-world situations and case studies 
  • Emotion, Outrage, and Public Participation -- This offering from the International Association for Public Participation is offered to a BLM audience through the National Training Center and explores new science behind public perception, risk, and techniques for encouraging productive public participation on controversial and highly emotional issues
  • Public Participation: Effective Authentic, Proven
  • Developing and Maintaining High Performing Teams

For more information on these and other applicable courses, go to the NTC website, , or contact Tessa Teems at 602-906-5567.


External Training Opportunities and Resources:

More trainings can be found on the Department of Interior’s Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution training site .