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This hands-on workshop provides an overview of the six phases of Appreciate Advising, an approach that provides a framework and strategies for increasing advisor and student success.


Appreciative Advising harnesses the power of the organizational development theory of Appreciative Inquiry and the positive psychology literature. It is the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials.

We will first define the terms academic advising and Appreciative Advising and look at the important role that advising plays in student success. The six phases of Appreciative Advising – Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle – will be defined. Participants will learn what each phase means and have the opportunity to learn specific techniques for implementing each of the phases.

This workshop is geared towards advisors, but instructors can also benefit from learning how to use the techniques to engage and motivate students.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Define Appreciative Advising and the research underpinning the approach.
  • Identify the six phases of Appreciative Advising.
  • Apply specific techniques for engaging and motivating students at each phase of advising.
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
04/29/2016 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston Street, Ahlfors Building, Room 111 ALF
Worcester, MA 01606
PD Center: 

Career Pathways

SABES Program Support PD Center - Career Pathways
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Career Pathways
College and Career Readiness
Education and Career Planning
Educational Leadership
ESOL/English Language Learner
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