APAC Professional Development Workshops

APAC Professional Development Workshops are specifically designed to build the management skills of current and future leaders in the public sector. This includes government employees (federal, state, county, and local), elected officials, and non-profit professionals.

Registration For Spring 2021 is Coming Soon

Workshops will continue to be held live online in Spring 2021 with expert instruction, small class sizes, and significant engagement using online teaching and facilitation tools. A desktop or laptop computer, a video camera and microphone connected to the computer, and reliable internet are required.

Past Workshop Topics

We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year. Professional Development Workshops may also be developed to your individual needs and requirements.  If you are interested in having APAC develop a training for you, your staff, and/or for a professional organization or group, contact us to discuss.

Past workshops have included:

Arkansas Budget Process

Understand the budget process in Arkansas including the primary revenues and expenditures, the budget cycle, and key budgetary actors and their roles in creating the state budget.

Arkansas Government 101

Learn about the three branches of state government. Learn about the legislative process including how to lobby for and pass legislation. Examine the recent reorganization of the executive branch and the duties of the seven constitutional offices. Delve into the structure of the state’s judiciary and how it affects government operations.

Crisis Communication

Understand the complexities of crisis communication and preparedness. This includes learning how to create a crisis communication plan and identifying techniques for improving crisis response.

Cultural Humility

You will build your own cultural humility and learn techniques for creating an empowering and respectful work environment for everyone.

Debate for Conflict Management

Learn a flexible, repeatable process for engaging in productive conflict that will help you lead your team to develop ideas, solve problems, and meet new challenges. After this workshop, you will communicate more effectively, listen critically, and create a productive space for disagreement.

Difficult Conversations

Become more effective at navigating the inevitable difficult conversations you encounter in your professional (and personal) lives. You will learn about the factors that make conversations difficult, the underlying anatomy of a difficult conversation, and a five-phase approach for preparing for and having difficult conversations.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotions have the capacity to bring people together, but they also possess the ability to draw us apart. This workshop discusses the role of emotions in the workplace and how we can become better leaders through understanding them. The goal is to help participants better understand, develop, and leverage emotional intelligence in the workplace. Facilitator-led discussions and activities will help participants improve their emotional intelligence and put this new knowledge to work in everyday personal and professional relationships.


Discover your own personal leadership style and philosophy by examining exemplary leadership practices. Learn about the characteristics of quality leaders and analyze practical examples to improve your ability to lead.

Managing Human Resources

You will learn best practices for hiring, empowering, and holding employees accountable. This includes writing clear job expectations, interviewing effectively, creating a motivational work environment, and successfully handling performance problems.

Managing Public Disputes

Develop skills for managing multi-party public disputes and collaborative problem solving. Explore effective methods for analyzing and framing public issues. Practice procedures for engaging in dialogue and deliberation.

Meeting Facilitation

Develop the skills required to conduct effective meetings. You will learn how to develop appropriate agendas that align with your meeting goals, establish effective meeting standards, and use a variety of meeting facilitation techniques.

Organizational Values & Ethics

This workshop focuses on the responsibility of working as a public servant charged with protecting the public trust. You will refine your personal code of ethics and understand how personal codes of ethics affect decision making.

Presentation Skills

Hone your ability to design and deliver a professional presentation. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing audiences, establishing desired outcomes, organizing supporting content, and delivering key messages effectively and engagingly.

Program Evaluation

This workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts and techniques of program evaluation. Learn to develop program logic models, choose appropriate evaluation and sampling designs, and collect relevant program data.

Project Management

This workshop will teach you the best practices for project management from scoping to planning to execution. It will help you manage your own project work more effectively and help your team(s) achieve their goals.

Strategic Planning

This workshop will teach you how to plan for the future of your agency, organization, or department. It will help you develop a vision and create a road map that will guide the team towards that vision. It will further aid in your understanding of how to set strategic goals, determine actions to achieve those goals, and mobilize resources to execute those goals.

Writing for Business Workshop

In the current online work environment, writing skills become even more important. This engaging online workshop offers many hands-on opportunities to work on real-world scenarios (emails, memos, reports, and more). Learn strategies to edit for clarity, how to develop persuasive arguments, techniques for writing to different audiences for different purposes, and ways to format documents to assist with reading comprehension.



Participants in Professional Development Workshops may be eligible to apply their workshop credit toward meeting requirements for the Arkansas Governmental Managers (AGM) and Arkansas Certified Public Managers® (CPM) certifications. Participants may also be eligible for continuing education credits (CEUs) with many professional organizations.

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