Let's Talk 1: A Science of the Positive Approach to Community Conversations

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Led by Jason Anderson of the Itasca County Probation Department. Hosted by the MN Regional Prevention Coordinators and MPRC.

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So much of the work of prevention centers on conversations. It is in conversation that the gaps between perceived and actual community norms are explored. At the meeting. In the hallway. Sitting in the bleachers next to another parent. This is where perspectives can be shifted. Equipping coalition/team/community members with skills to effectively facilitate these conversations without raising defensiveness provides a significant impact. In these skill-building workshops, Jason will introduce the concepts of “Let’s Talk” while providing examples of the advantages of this communication style versus other approaches.


  • This is a two-part, interactive training. To register for the 2nd session, please click here.
  • You will need a microphone to participate in breakout rooms via Zoom.
  • Priority will be given to people who live and work in Minnesota.

Session 1 Agenda:

  • Introductions and brief overview of Cycle of Transformation
  • The power of your “Why”
  • What is your “Why” and how do you talk about it? Who should you be sharing your “Why” with?
  • Empathetic Reflections
  • Effective strategies for responding to those who are less-than-enthused about our prevention efforts



JASON ANDERSON - Upon his discharge from the United States Army, Jason obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (Minor in Psychology) at Moorhead State University. He has worked in the field of probation since 1998 – spending a decade as an adult felony probation/parole agent and 5 years as an Evidence-Based Practices project manager/trainer for the MN Dept. of Corrections. Jason became the Director of the Itasca County Probation Department in 2013. In addition to his duties as a probation officer and manager, he has served as a trainer of various topics since 2001. He is an active member of 2 school-based substance abuse prevention coalitions in his community. Jason began curriculum development and training delivery for The Montana Institute in 2016. A father of 2 boys (ages 17 and 20), he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, singing in his church choir and dabbles in community theater.

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