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Foundations Course | Baltimore, MD | October 2019
Kimpton Hotel Monaco
2 North Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
1-888-752-2636

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Monday, October 21, 2019, 8:00 AM to Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT
Category: Foundations Courses

Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice Course

3-Day Course

8:00  a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday/Tuesday
8:00 a.m.  3:30 p.m. Wednesday

This 101 style course covers the fundamentals of the organizational ombuds role based on the principles of confidentiality, neutrality, independence, and informality. Participants will learn how to work with the visitor to an office as well as how to act as a change agent within your organization. Practice key ombuds skills of listening, asking questions, clarifying, generating options, and moving to actions throughout the ombuds process. 

Read more about this learning opportunity below and explore the 102 style Core Course, Mediation Theory and Skills for the Organizational Ombudsman that will follow this training from 24–25 October 2019.

This course has been approved for 23.5 Professional Development Hours towards the CO-OP® Credential.

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Registration

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On or Before 21 September 2019
IOA Members: $1,695 | Non-members: $1,795

After 21 September 2019
IOA Members: $1,795 | Non-members: $1,895

The course fee does not include travel expenses or the cost of accommodations. Housing arrangements should be made directly with the hotel once you’ve received a registration confirmation. Note: On-site registration is not permitted. You may ask to be placed on a waitlist if the course has reached full capacity.

To receive the member discount for this event, you must first become a member then proceed to event registration.

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Course Description 

This course covers the fundamentals of the organizational ombudsman role by emphasizing the principles of confidentiality, neutrality, independence, and informality. Learn how to work with the visitor to the office as well as how to act as a change agent within your organization. Practice key ombudsman skills of listening, asking questions, clarifying, generating options, and moving to actions throughout the ombuds process. In addition, an experienced and highly committed faculty of ombudsmen will share best practices around setting up an office and evaluating and communicating the effectiveness of the office.

As a result of this program you will learn:

  • How the role, scope, and duties of today’s ombudsman began and evolved
  • The four basic principles of the organizational ombudsman role: neutrality, independence, confidentiality, and informality
  • Why confidentiality is essential to the practice and how to maintain confidentiality
  • How to listen as a neutral, including effective techniques for interviewing and inquiring, reflective listening, reframing, identifying issues, and providing options
  • How to manage and work with conflict by employing a battery of skills including listening, coaching, and negotiation techniques
  • How to decide which intervention would be most effective and how to provide feedback to management
  • How to set up and operate an ombudsman office, including the fundamentals of how to log concerns, report to management, and design reports to track issues
  • How to align the ombudsman function with the mission, values, and culture of the organization
  • How to promote the ombudsman role and function, including ways to gain and keep management support

Who should attend:

The course will benefit the recently appointed ombudsman, or anyone desiring to establish an ombudsman function in industry, government, higher education, and public or private social services agencies. 

This course applies to ombudsman programs in organizational settings. It does not address some features unique to other ombudsmen disciplines such as classical, patient advocate, or legislative ombudsman.

Course Limit: 30 participants

Prerequisites: None

This course is approved for 23.5 Professional Development Hours towards the CO-OP® Credential.

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Faculty

Information coming soon. 

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Course Location

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Inner Harbor
2 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201 USA
Phone: +1-443-692-6170
Reservations Toll Free: +1-888-752-2636

The course fee does not include travel expenses or the cost of accommodations. Housing arrangements should be made directly with the hotel once you've received a registration confirmation.

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 Questions?

Contact the IOA office at [email protected].