Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 8:00 AM EDT
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 12:30 PM EDT

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SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western 
300 Gateway Dr
Bethlehem, PA 18017

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Molly Burns 
PA Association of Conservation Districts 

2023 Verbal Judo for Conservation Districts - Bethlehem Session

This course is open to all Pennsylvania conservation district and DEP staff.

Dates & Locations

For your convenience, the course is offered in eastern, central, and western PA.
You are registering for March 28-29, 2023, in Bethlehem, PA

If you would like to register for one of the other dates and locations instead:
* Click here for March 30-31, 2023, in Harrisburg, PA
* Click here for April 4-5, 2023 in Cranberry Township, PA

Space is limited, so sign up today!

About the Course

Verbal JudoŽ is a tactical communications course originally designed for law enforcement officers, but has applications for anyone who regularly deals with the public. Drawing on his personal experiences, Mr. Freeman has specifically adapted thecourse for regulatory inspectors and other government enforcement personnel. Attendees will learn techniques to redirect handle emotionally-charged verbal attacks in order to generate voluntary compliance. Attendees will leave this course with improved verbal communication skills and enhanced professionalism.

Click Here to View the Draft Agenda

About Our Instructor

Michael Freeman has worked with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for over 28 years. As a regulatory inspector in the Hazardous Waste program, he helped build thecriminal investigation program and became its first commissioned law enforcement officer. He held this position for almost 24 years before transferring to the Land Protection Division in 2022. He is a certified Verbal Judo instructor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Hotel Information

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western
Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center
300 Gateway Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Hotel Phone: 610.866.5800

Check in: 4:00 p.m. | Check out: Noon

Room Block Rate: $115.00 plus tax
Room Block Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023

You must book by March 3 to receive the reduced rate. After March 3 regular rates will apply.

Click here to book your room online or call 610.866.5800 and ask for the “PA Assoc. of Conservation Districts” room block.

Meals & Travel

Registration includes lunch and breaks on Tuesday and a continental breakfast on Wednesday. Everything else, including travel and lodging, is on your own.

Registration deadline: Friday, March 17

Register Now!