The ICCP Community

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The International Certificate Collaborative-Dialogic Practices (ICCP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides an intensive, in-depth study of postmodern-social construction-relational theory and the possibilities for personal, organizational, and social transformation that flow from this orientation. The program focuses on the theoretical and philosophical assumptions of collaborative-dialogic practices as  transformational and the application within and across disciplines, contexts, and cultures. Practice examples include working with personal and social issues, in educational contexts, organizations, research, community work, healthcare, and more.

The program offers a special value in that it provides multiple opportunities for participants to experience a collaborative learning community in action: an environment and process that is harmonious with the theoretical and philosophical assumptions upon which collaborative practice is based, and in which the knowledge and experience of the participants is valued.  The faculty is fully supportive and accessible, given their collaborative, philosophical approach. In addition, participants have opportunities to apply their learning in their own specific area of practice (regardless of professional affiliation) and to receive supervision.

Philosophical stance ...

Collaborative-Dialogue is a partnership approach that values and uses the expertise people already have to help them create individually tailored, dynamically sustainable, new pathways and futures. At the heart of collaborative-dialogue is the practitioner’s philosophical stance: an attitude and posture that invites a particular kind of relational and conversational process that allows people to develop possibilities where none seemed to exist before. The stance challenges expert/nonexpert dichotomies and hierarchical structures, and enables the creation of potentials for generative change.

The ICCP introduces social construction and relational practices for those new to it and helps those familiar with it to deepen their understandings and practices. Drawing on the works of thinkers and practitioners such as Bakhtin, Gadamer, Gergen, Lyotard, Merlou-Ponty, Shotter, Wittgenstein, as well as Anderson, Goolishian, Hoffman, McNamee, Seikkula, it specifically focuses on relational constructionist understandings of language and meaning making, polyvocality, transformative dialogue, and appreciative and future-oriented perspectives.

How did we come to happen...

The ICCP grew out of conversations around the world with people who wanted to learn more about collaborative-dialogue and postmodern/social construction practices. People felt isolated, having no or very few conversational partners with whom they could talk and exchange ideas and practices, and they had a strong desire to connect with others who had similar interests and passions. Importantly, they were challenged by the travel and time commitments of studying in other countries and trying to piece together learning by attending conferences and short workshops. They longed for something local and substantive.

In response, Harlene Anderson contacted colleagues around the world who had training programs in post-graduate institutes and universities to see if they would be interested in creating a certificate program in collaborative practices. The response was overwhelmingly positive and reinforced the idea that people were hungry for the learning and community connection. So the ICCP was born and now has programs around the world.

Designed for working professionals, programs are offered in concentrated time periods. Each program, adhering to the ICCP curriculum, is adapted to the regional history and culture in which the local organization offering the program is located.

Recent Posts and Activity

Lina María Acuña is now a member of International Certificate in Collaborative Practices
Sep 28
Nina Mbah is now a member of International Certificate in Collaborative Practices
Aug 30
Adrian E. Cillo and Maria Cristina Randazzo joined International Certificate in Collaborative Practices
Aug 13
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