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CANCELED In-Person Foundations Course | Baltimore, MD | October 2020
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Monday, October 19, 2020, 8:00 AM to Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 3:30 PM EST
Category: Foundations Courses

In-Person Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice Course

3-Day Course

IN-PERSON EVENT CANCELED

Thank you for your interest in this course. Due to travel and gathering restrictions, IOA is not able to hold this in-person course. We are in the process of developing alternative offerings you can learn more about this on the Foundations Course page

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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.

This course has been approved for 15 Professional Development Hours towards the Candidate for CO-OP® and CO-OP® credentials.


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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: 34 participants

Prerequisites: None

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

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 Questions?

Contact the IOA office at [email protected].