EVENT: Community Dialogues on the Opioid Crisis Set for October


CANews - August 2018 Addendum



CAN to Facilitate Community Dialogues on the Opioid Crisis

In October, CAN will host a series of Community Dialogues focused on the issue of how to address the Opioid crisis. Drug abuse in the Unites States has taken a sharp and lethal turn with the rise of Opioids - legal pain killers, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, and illegal ones, like heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 64,000 Americans were killed by drug overdoses in 2016, and at least 2/3 of those deaths were caused by Opioids. In 2015 & 2016, there were 299 deaths in the City of Austin that were attributed to drug overdose and 191 of these deaths were Opioid related. For these community conversations, CAN will use the Deliberative Dialogue Model developed by the Kettering Foundation and promoted/supported by the National Issues Forum.  The dialogue process helps participants understand a variety of perspectives relating to this complex issue, examine the benefits and consequences of possible solutions, and  identify shared ideas about what we should do to address this issue. The details for the first two community dialogues are included below. Use the registration links to sign-up.

October 9th - University Presbyterian Church 
2203 San Antonio St,
Click  Here to Register

October 15th -  As Part of the CAN Community Council Meeting 
Travis County Administrative Offices Located at 700 Lavaca St
Click Here to Register

For more information, please contact Jelina Tunstill.

Free Training to Become a Deliberative Dialogue Facilitator

For the community conversations focused on the Opioids Crisis, CAN will use the Deliberative Dialogue model developed by the Kettering Foundation and promoted/supported by the National Issues Forum. Deliberative Dialogues are structured so as to bring a a group of people with disparate views into a structured discussion about an important topic and identify shared areas of interest for action in this arena. The process if focused more on helping people understand a variety of perspectives on a complex issue and not debating or defending a position. The success of this model depends on help from volunteer facilitators. We are looking for  people who are excited about playing an important role in these important conversations. Bilingual facilitators are needed. 

As a small group moderator, you...

  • Will be trained on how to facilitate this community dialogue

  • Will be a table moderator (8-10 people per table) for at least one community dia logue

  • Will use an issue guide to help deepen your group's discussion

  • Will help your group talk respectfully and productively

  • Will assist in the capturing of discussion notes

  • Won't join the conversation or offer an opinion

  • Don't have to be an expert on the issue

This is a FREE training lead by Civic Collaboration, an organization with deep experience in small group facilitation. If you want to learn how to utilize useful tools for meeting facilitation that you can apply in other settings, then please sign-up using the registration link below. 


Facilitator Training for the Community Dialogues on the Opioids Crisis
Saturday, September 29th, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Dan Ruiz Public Library - 1600 Grove Blvd
(Lunch will be provided)

If you are interested in registering for the facilitator training, Click Here.

If you have any additional questions, please email Jelina Tunstill.