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Workshop on VCAPS Facilitation Planned


Jennifer Dorton, 910-962-2777,
Jessica Whitehead, 919-515-1686,

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

North Carolina Sea Grant is hosting a free, two-day workshop designed to train people on how to conduct and facilitate the Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios, or VCAPS, process.

This event will be held at the NOAA-NERR Auditorium on Pivers Island in Beaufort, N.C., from Dec. 10 to 11. The first day will focus on the VCAPS process. The second day will provide facilitation training to enable participants to run a successful VCAPS session.

VCAPS is used to initiate community discussions of the outcomes, consequences and decisions that can be made in response to environmental hazards. This workshop will provide an overview of VCAPS and facilitation training through numerous interactive exercises that give participants the opportunity to practice making VCAPS diagrams and facilitating VCAPS groups.

At the end of this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Determine when VCAPS may be appropriate to initiate group discussions on environmental hazards.
  • Identify the elements of a VCAPS diagram.
  • Assign VCAPS training roles.
  • Create VCAPS diagrams from group dialogues.
  • Conduct a VCAPS exercise in a group setting.
  • Follow up with communities to report VCAPS results and determine next steps.
  • Become better facilitators for VCAPS training events.

Sessions will be led by Jessica Whitehead, North Carolina Sea Grant; Seth Tuler, Social and Environmental Research Institute; and Ann Weaver, NOAA Coastal Services Center.

Registration is required for this free event. Lunch will be provided both days. Go to to sign up.

A block of rooms is being held at the Beaufort Inn for the nights of Dec. 9 and 10. The conference rate of $69 per night, including breakfast (single occupancy), is available for reservations made by Nov. 15. Call 252-728-2600 to book your room and mention Sea Grant when making these arrangements.

Hotel cost will be your responsibility, but Sea Grant has some limited funds available for travel assistance. Contact Jennifer Dorton at 910-962-2777 or to request travel support, or indicate that such help is needed on the registration form.


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