Custom Trainings and Conversations

Oregon Humanities can lead onsite trainings and conversations to help meet the needs and goals of your organization or community.

Custom Facilitation Training

Our staff and trained facilitators can run customized onsite facilitation trainings to help your team members strengthen their skills in planning and leading reflective conversations within your organization or in the greater community.

Oregon Humanities trainings give participants tools to get people talking about vital issues and ideas by using prompts such as poems, images, articles, and videos. We can customize our training to focus on areas of interest to your organization.

During the training, you will:

  • have an opportunity to practice new skills and techniques
  • listen to beliefs, backgrounds or experiences different than your own.

You will leave the training feeling more confident and equipped to:

  • hold space for challenging conversations
  • craft questions and activities that allow people to learn more about themselves and other people in the room
  • design conversations that are responsive to different kinds of community dynamics.

“This was a smooth and organized experience. I appreciate the meetings before starting, the materials shared, and the clear timeline. It was clear that you have an established system and that you are also flexible in adapting that system to needs. I also appreciated how once the class was underway, it was entirely handled by your organization, with check-ins as needed. I'd consider this a model for future partnerships.”

Our custom facilitation training is offered in two different formats: in person at your site or online via Zoom. Our in-person facilitation training typically occurs over two days, and our online facilitation training occurs over three sessions. We can work with organizations to tailor the length and format of our facilitation training. These custom facilitation trainings are offered on a fee-for-service basis. Pricing varies depending on length, customization of the training design, and format. 

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Jennifer Alkezweeny, Program Director, at

Custom Conversations & Facilitation Services

In addition to offering open-call facilitation trainings for the public, we also design and moderate reflective conversations for events, conferences, and workplaces around the state—for a fee and for free.

Oregon Humanities can customize conversation programs for staff development programs, retreats, and in-service days. These conversations can help with team-building by sparking new ways of thinking and working together. They can also help you engage more effectively with your employees, partners, and community by getting people talking as a way to reflect on important issues and learn about each other.

“It was extremely helpful to be able to work through the planning, agenda and objects with Oregon Humanities to tailor this training with our cohort, many of whom are Pacific Islanders or have called Pacific their home for many years.” 

We also partner with communities to design and lead public reflective conversations on any topic. Want to get your community talking about themes that aren’t included in the Conversation Project catalog? Oregon Humanities staff and facilitators are experts at presenting thoughtful, creative conversations, and we can help your organization plan and execute programming around the issues that matter most to your community.


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