Interest Based Problem Solving

Does your department or team get stuck when making decisions? Are you interested in learning a collaborative model for problem solving? If yes, attend an Interest Based Problem Solving class and practice a proven problem solving method that can be applied in the workplace. Interest Based Problem Solving is a tool to engage employees and managers in discussion to jointly identify solutions to problems. This class will be highly interactive and will provide participants with a tool that will serve as a guide for decision making.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of Interest Based Problem Solving
  • 7-step process to collaborative problem solving
  • Creating a positive work environment

Who Should Attend?

  • This course is designed for and available to departments by request only (manager attendance is required)  

How will I benefit?

  • Practice a 7-step process to collaborative problem solving
  • Define the key components of Interest Based Problem Solving

Training Parameters

  • Must have ten or more employees participating in training.
  • A portion of the employees attending must be AFSCME-represented.
  • Class is 3 hours in length.


To schedule this course for your workgroup, contact the CWE Center via or call 503 418-0273.

What participants are saying:

  • "I liked that the principal idea can be applied to many situations, not just problem solving."
  • "I valued learning how people can all come together and find a common ground that pleases everyone."