2013 Montana Summer Institute on Positive Community Norms
“Enhancing our Communities by Growing Positive Norms and Cultivating Transformation”
June 18th-21st, 2013 at the Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, MT
Registration is open! Please click on the orange “Register Now” button below.
A draft of agenda is available at http://www.mostofus.org/institute/montana-summer-institute/agenda/.
The 11th annual Montana Summer Institute (MSI) on Positive Community Norms (PCN) will occur in Big Sky, MT on June 18th-21st, 2013 and is hosted by The Center for Health and Safety Culture /MOST of Us ® at Montana State University. This year’s theme is “Enhancing our communities by growing positive norms and cultivating transformation.” Participants will learn how to enhance health and safety within their communities by using the Positive Community Norms Framework.
June 18th- The optional Pre-Institute is designed for those not familiar with Positive Community Norms and provides participants with a basic background in the framework. If you have not attended a Positive Community Norms training in the past, this day is highly recommended.
June 19th-21st – The Institute will go beyond traditional social norms marketing to a much more comprehensive and holistic approach to prevention. Each day will focus on one component of the Positive Community Norms framework: leadership, communication and integration. The Institute will combine larger group presentations in the morning with small group skill building sessions in the afternoon.
Early Registration (closed on April 30th)
Late Registration Fees now apply
Pre-Institute and Institute (June 18th-21st)
Institute (June 19th-21st)
Who should attend?
The Institute is designed for community health practitioners (those in public health, traffic safety, child abuse prevention, domestic violence prevention, DFC grantees, SPF-SIG grantees, etc.) and focuses on a core process that applies to a variety of health and safety topics. Participants will hear presentations by acclaimed leaders on how to leverage this positive framework to reduce harm and enhance protections at the community level.
What will be covered?
The PCN framework will provide the foundation for the Institute. The framework addresses three critical components of successful efforts to enhance health and safety: Leadership, Communication and Integration. Positive Community Norms focuses on these three domains to achieve results.
Prevention is about leading people to make healthier, safer choices. In this way, prevention is an act of leadership. If we want to be successful at prevention, we need to develop strong leadership skills.
To truly impact the communities we serve, we need to transform the cultures that surround the issues we want to address. We share and transform our cultures through communication.
There is no single solution or “silver bullet” to solve complex health issues. We must develop a portfolio of strategies and actively manage and integrate the portfolio to make the best use of finite resources. Integration is a focus on wholeness.
For more on the Positive Community Norms Framework, visit our What is the Positive Community Norms Framework page.
What did 2012 participants like most about the Institute?
“The opportunity to work with others from all over US and generate ideas that we can take back home and put into action. Leaving with this overwhelming feeling of the importance of what we are doing makes my heart overflow with pride and EXCITEMENT.”
“This ‘conference’ – institute is an incredible (rich) experience of building trust with your community members and personal growth, all while finding ways to positively impact our community in creating a transformation honoring who we are.”
“Fantastic experience – provocative, simple, complex information shared. Time to be reflective in nature –great! Renewed – Excited – My purpose to serve renewed and backed up with new info and skills. “
“We came as a group which allowed us to reflect together to support, cajole, and inspire each other. I feel invigorated, challenged and in a happy place. My challenge is PATIENCE and my friends will help me on this path.”
“Friendly, positive, safe place to learn and share. Try on new ideas. Liked ending by 3:00 (brains were full) and left time for processing, networking, and fun.”
“I was afraid it would be lofty, touchy-feely training without regard to our sometimes painful realities in our individual communities. I learned the positive is embracing our suffering but not getting stuck in it. Positive is transforming what ails us into hope that we can change. We can balance concern with hope.”
“Awesome – wonderful – recommend it to others”
“Very positive inspirational conference. I will take away lots of information.”
The Big Sky setting provides an ideal location (at off-season rates!) to reflect, re-focus, and reengage in the important work of improving health and safety. During the summer there are a plethora of activities to participate in while visiting Big Sky including hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, golfing, horseback riding, and many more. There is no better place to learn about wellness than in the fresh, clean air of a mountain resort. We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Green:
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