The Essentials for Ombuds is a five-day intensive training collaboration between the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman and Osgoode Professional Development.
The authoritative course for today’s Ombuds and similar investigating and dispute resolution roles.
Now in its tenth year, this unique program, both comprehensive and in-depth, is intended to meet the needs of recent appointees to the Ombuds role or Office, as well as providing those with more experience an opportunity to become conversant with both the theory and practice of the Ombuds role, wherever it is located.
You will develop a deeper understanding of the requirements and expectations for Ombuds by exploring and examining the myriad of evolving issues and challenges facing those who practise in the Ombuds field today, and by reviewing best practices of Ombuds across the country.
What You’ll Learn
You will get practical tips and strategies on key areas including:
The initial handling of concerns and complaints
Effective early resolution techniques
Inquiries and investigations (gathering and assessing evidence, developing cooperative resolution techniques and preparing case summaries)
Trend analysis and own motion investigations
Choice of path – assessing the issues and possible paths
Dealing with human rights complaints against the Ombudsman and/or Ombudsman staff
Coping with difficult people: handling disrespect, anger or rage
Developing recommendations and appropriate remedies
Chief of Staff, Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (March 2021 – Online Participant)
“The whole program was very well organized and super pertinent to the issues, challenges (and opportunities) all ombuds offices face in one form or another. Excellent choice of speakers!”
Who Should Attend
Assistant/Deputy Ombuds, and Directors in Ombuds officers
Early Resolution Staff
Ombuds (working in legislated roles or in public and private sector organizations or associations established by policy, Charter, Order-in-Council, etc.)
Investigators/Senior Investigators in an Ombuds context
Legal or other specialized counsel to Ombuds Offices
Conflict Resolution Staff working in an Ombuds context
Dispute Resolution Officers
Fairness Commissioners / Fairness Practitioners
Complaint-handling staff in both private and public sector organizations
Public Editors (at newspapers and other media outlets)
Deputy Ombudsman, Ombudsman Saskatchewan
Shirley R. Nakata
Ombudsperson for Students, University of British Columbia
Program Review Analyst, Office of the Veterans Ombudsman (March 2021 – Online Participant)
“All of the speakers were very knowledgeable and the organizers were on top of everything. I felt the days ran really smoothly. Bravo to everyone involved!”
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To receive an Osgoode Certificate, you must complete all program modules, and successfully complete an online assessment within 30 days of the last module.
CPD and Accreditation
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