MAT’s live webinars offer a shorter, more condensed, yet effective learning opportunity through an instructor led presentation, group discussions, and Q & A. Live webinars allow for the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the added elements of synchronous learning and interactivity.
Webinars are offered at various times throughout the year and are usually announced on a monthly basis.
All of our offerings are available upon request to individual agencies with a minimum of 16 participants required.
Individual students may request a fee waiver by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boundary Setting (BOU-101)
For many, 2020 showed us the need for creating better boundaries between work and personal lives. Our “always on” culture had blurred the lines and new work from home orders amplified the need to communicate boundaries and expectations, which are what drives behavior. Clear boundaries and expectations improve personal and professional relationships, reduce stress, improve morale and provide a powerful framework to get work done efficiently and effectively. In this webinar, we will:
• Determine personal values as the key to creating boundaries
• Discuss ways to develop team operating values and behaviors
• Identify what prevents us from setting boundaries both personally and professionally
• Make a commitment to setting at least one new boundary and discuss how to communicate it
Communicating Effectively During Difficult Times (CED-101)
This webinar examines the art of communicating effectively during difficult times through the lens ofEmotional Intelligence. Communication is more than just speaking and listening. Even more important thanthe words we say is how we say them. Unfortunately, when times are stressful or uncertain, our survivalinstincts can work against us when we are trying to communicate. Also, when there is interpersonal conflict,those same survival instincts can negatively influence the way in which communicate with others. Thisinteractive webinar will define good communication and will use the Emotional Intelligence framework toguide us toward more effective interpersonal communication and more effective communication aimed ata broader audience. Several tips and tools will also be provided along the way.
The Communicator's Notebook (CMN-101)
4, 2-hour webinars
Whether we are working together alone, or all back in the office, leading communication programs can be a solitary business. Today’s challenges require us to learn at an ever-increasing pace. We can accelerate our learning when we meet and share experiences with others doing the same job, in a cost-effective way.
The purpose of the webinar series is to provide a forum to discuss key topics and challenges from your work and collaborate to find solutions based on mining the real-life experience of the other participants.
Target audience: Information & Education Chief or communication lead and next level assistants, individuals responsible for community outreach, marketing & engagement.
Conflict Resolution (CFR-101)
Conflict is inevitable and there is a simple process to guide you to shared understanding andcompromise. During this webinar, we will use a personal conflict situation to help us:
• Identify different types of conflict
• Apply a conflict resolution model to resolve personal or professional conflict
• Explain a process to get “unstuck” from a stressful situation
• Illustrate similarities to two other popular conflict resolution models
Cooperative Language (COL-101)
Progress requires cooperation. This webinar will help you identify and use language that inspirescooperation within your teams. We will practice iterative listening and will leverage reactions tostatements and/or personal experiences to help us:
• Use shared meaning to reach shared goals
• Discuss assertive versus controlling language
• Learn the importance of ordinal process for everyone to be heard
• Cite at least three differences between resistant and non-resistant language
Creating a Culture that Truly Engages Employees and Supports Learning (CEL-101)
Employee engagement is at the heart of being an effective and productive organization. Still, recent research suggests that 70% of American employees are disengaged at work. Unfortunately, the reasons behind this lack of engagement can be complex and difficult to address. This webinar will present a simple, research-based, and integrative model that provides a three-tiered framework for assessing and building engagement into your culture. The model also sets the foundation for the learning organization - one that focuses on constant improvement and open and honest communication, while also holding people accountable for their actions and the health of the organization. The model integrates work from several thought-leaders and researchers in organizational and personal effectiveness and provides concrete examples of how to improve employee engagement from the "inside out" of your organization.
- Explore the factors that affect employee engagement
- Understand the integrative model for evaluating your organization's culture of engagement
- Utilize the model to determine interventions needed to increase employee engagement
- Review real-world and research-based examples of how to improve employee engagement from this inside out
- Share ideas that have worked in your organization with others
Human Nature Connection: Building Ecowellness, Stewardship, and Inclusion (HNC-101)
Are you ready to open to people who have relationships with nature different from your own? Join us for a four-part series that will explore and challenge your beliefs about access and nature. We will consider an ecowellness model to examine our own relationship with nature and dig into environmental identity. We will contemplate ways to converse with and embrace the experiences of anyone we meet outdoors while minimizing harm. The end goal is to pursue ways to move people from tourists to explorers and advocates of our land, water, and wildlife.
This series evolved from 2020 workshops called Beyond #ResponsibleRecreation to Human-nature connection and an Ecowellness workshop held at the 2021 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources conference. Anonymous data from these past participants will be sprinkled throughout.
The first session will focus on homework reflection, self-awareness, and self-care regarding nature. We will acknowledge ways our environmental identities develop. The second session will uncover access and dive deeper into aspects of environmental identity. We will be claiming our own environmental identities in session three. We will also finish our discussion of the ecowellness model, including a gaze into transcendence and putting humans in perspective to nature. The final session will include an introduction to a nature relationship spectrum and a fishing program using the ecowellness model. It will conclude with breakouts to consider how to incorporate series concepts into agency relevancy.
What to expect:
· A pre-homework assignment and completion of a survey with your homework reflection is required for access to the series. We will provide modifications to anyone who cannot get outside.
· An environmental identity assignment between session 2 and 3.
· Engagement through a combination of breakouts, polls, and chat (we will use menti.com – no sign up required)
· Reflection on the previous workshop at the beginning of each new session.
· Small mindfulness and presence activities conducted throughout.
· A compiled list of ideas for agency relevancy discussed during the sessions.
Please note that this series was carefully designed to be effective with all four sessions. If you cannot commit to all four sessions, please leave space for those who are fully committed. As a presenter, I commit to giving participants as fun and engaging experience as is possible in the virtual format.
Internal Dialogue (IND-101)
Internal dialogue gives us clues to our deepest thinking. Learning to capture and use this dialogueimproves emotional intelligence and leads to better conversations. During this webinar, we will learnand practice techniques to uncover our internal dialogue. Using challenging statements and personal experiences we will:
• Practice iterative listening
• Capture primal thoughts and feelings
• Turn personal triggers into useful responses
• Explain feelings of inferiority common to all humans
Leading with Empathy (LWE-101)
Empathy is biologically-based skill that we are all born with and empathy has been shown to be a strong predictor of effective leadership. However, the practice of empathy comes more easily for some of us than others. The under-use (or over-use of empathy) can work against us when we engage in leadership activities.
Would you like to learn about the biological underpinnings of empathy and implicit bias? Would you like to discover ways to be more empathetic and learn short-cuts you can use if empathy doesn’t come naturally to you? Do you feel like you are too empathetic and your feelings get in the way of your leadership endeavors? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this webinar should be well worth your time.
Navigating Change and Embracing the New Normal (NEC-101)
Over the past year, the world has changed in ways that we could have never imagined. As a result, we have had to change the way we work together, communicate with each other, lead and manage our teams, and interact with our stakeholders. These changes have impacted almost every aspect of our daily lives and many of those changes are here to stay. As we all know by now, change is not easy to make and they have left many of us tired, burned out, and overwhelmed. This webinar will help participants understand why change is so difficult while providing a framework for navigating change in healthy ways. Participants will not only learn about how to approach change in a systematic way, but they will also be able to walk through a personal, real-life example of how to embrace change at work or at home. Finally, we will discuss how to help others in our charge navigate change and embrace the new normal.
• Understand our general reluctance to change from both a biological and a psychological point of view
• Explore individual differences when it comes to embracing change
• Understand the questions we need to ask to navigate change effectively
• Define the work we need to do to embrace change
• Apply these principles to our unique situation
• Review tools we can use to help others embrace the new normal
The Power of Inclusion (POI-101)
Required Text: Inclusify by Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson
The Power of Inclusion webinar series was researched and developed by several AFWA National Faculty members to provide participants with a relevant, experiential learning opportunity. The focus is on the individual as the primary tool in increasing diversity and generating greater inclusion in the workplace. As the individual gains greater awareness of their role in the system, each will begin to share insights and develop the means to make change. Individuals will create tools and/or best practices that move the needle on the value of uniqueness and a sense of belonging at work, strengthening agency culture. This experience will offer insights to fully appreciate and understand the benefits of not only diversity, but also the need to be more inclusive. The aim is to follow-up with participants quarterly or semi-annually to assess, measure, and evaluate best practices. The MAT will continue to add to the toolkit of interventions and best practices after each webinar series.
Public Involvement in Conservation (PIC-101)
Have you ever thought about the value of working more closely with the public as you go about yourwork? Whose resources are we managing?Join us as we explore this idea of involving the public in our work in a 2-hour webinar. We’ll examinewhat it means, why we should consider it and then review some best practices to help us try it out. Wewill draw on several resources including Bleikers’ Systematic Development of Informed Consent, materialsfrom the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2), and a book by James L. Creighton, “ThePublic Participation Handbook”.According to Hans Bleiker of the Institute for Participatory Management and Planning, some of ourprojects will be doomed without public involvement. In today’s world that is a valid and soberingconcern. Many state fish and wildlife agencies use public participation techniques in a variety of ways toinform, consult, involve, collaborate and/or empower stakeholders.
• Show why public involvement is mission-critical
• Identify the elements of fostering relationships and successful conservation projects
• Explore resources and best practices for public involvement
Regenerative Leadership Primer (REL-101)
Join us for a primer on leadership that is life-affirming and ready to embrace change. We will use principles of Adlerian psychology (a holistic approach to wellbeing) to assess and inform. In addition, we will touch on theories in adaptive leadership, systems thinking, regenerative leadership, and trauma. Together, we will start building an ecosystem of leadership that promotes wellbeing, emotional intelligence, creativity, inclusivity, community, and a growth mindset. The end goal is to have the basic information needed to set a path for leadership development based on the needs of individuals, teams and for the benefit of the planet. Leadership development starts with the ability to lead oneself and this process continues throughout life. We share our learning with others to encourage their learning. Regenerative organizations encourage leadership learning throughout every employee’s tenure. Eventually, co-creation occurs in all areas of the organization. Leadership starts where you are, right now. It is not a linear process. Each person’s pathway is different, and each team develops their skills through prioritizing, practice, and regular and immediate feedback.
- Pathways to move teams from mechanistic and life-crushing to life-giving and regenerative beliefs and behaviors.
- A basic understanding of trauma that affects our relationships with ourselves, others and Earth and informs our leadership activities.
- Guidance for creating a more life-giving organization where learning is a part of every day
- Finding pathways for learning leadership skills at every level of the organization
- Understanding how trauma fits into work behaviors and actions
Self-Care for Conservationists (SCC-101)
Self-care is imperative if conservationists are to be at their best to overcome the environmental andconservation challenges of today. Being your best self means prioritizing your health and wellbeingbefore caring for others and our land, water and air. Self-care is not selfish, it is necessary. Our selfcare practices (or lack of) are influenced by deeply held beliefs, attitudes and upbringing. During thiswebinar, we will assess our attitudes and current situation in self-care to help us:
• Examine what self-care and wellbeing are and are not
• Identify personal beliefs around self-care and wellbeing
• Determine barriers to successful self-care plans
Team Wellness (TWN-101)
Are you encouraging your team through these uncertain times or are you leading them to burnout? Managers must take the right actions to address wellbeing for themselves and the team as we adapt to the future of the workplace. The first step in team wellness is to be aware of factors contributing to overwhelm and burnout. Discussing these factors openly is key to overcoming them. From awareness, teams then learn and begin to encourage new ways of working together for the good of the organization.
• Uncover signs of workplace burnout and COVID overwhelm
• Devise a set of team operating principles to move through uncertainty
• Discuss personal and team wellbeing for resilience through change