Volume 11, Issue 2 (1982)
The Olympia Program Process
W. Alan Coulter, Sharon Z. Petty, A. Jerry Benson
A futures conference for 330 school psychologists seems like an impossible ambition. The future can be a vague, uncertain, often worrisome, and frightening experience. An individual’s anxiety associated with the future and the preconceptions for what that future may be can serve to facilitate or inhibit a positive, active approach to a futures experience. To construct a programmatic experience which will apprise the participants of possible futures and present examples of skills and techniques to design futures will require inevitable compromise given the limited amount of time available for the conference. Realization of the complexity of the task facing the Olympia Conference Committee members served to increase their own anxieties and strengthen a commitment toward preserving each participant’s responsibility for creating his or her own involvement in the conference. The flexibility inherent in this commitment required that although some structure and content could be prescribed within the conference, self directed activities would constitute a major part of the program. Evolving from these assumptions, the conference committee designated an administrative plan and formulated operating premises, conference goals, activities, and related events. Key to the development of the program was the formation of a program subcommittee which formulated program recommendations for the Olympia Conference committee.
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