An ADA webinar will focus on advocacy efforts in an increasingly divided political environment both in Washington and at home.

A free American Dental Association webinar in August will offer potential solutions on how to address and overcome politically motivated thinking in light of the challenges presented by growing partisanship in Washington, D.C. and the country as a whole.

Presented by the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention, The Science of Advocacy will live stream August 18, from 7-8 pm CT, and one hour of continuing education credit for participants is pending approval.

The webinar host is Jacob Thompson, PhD, director of general education and undergraduate curriculum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Having served as a professor-in-residence in UNLV’s Department of Communication Studies and head coach and director of UNLV’s debate team, his research and teaching focus on presidential and political campaign debates, persuasion, advocacy, and argumentation.

“Today, in America and across the world, people are increasingly divided along partisan lines,” said Thompson. “That’s truly unfortunate because all of the important challenges of our time, from public health to climate change, and everything in between, all require our collective efforts to address. Effective public policy advocacy can help to bridge those partisan divides and persuade people to work together for the common good.”

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to identify the role that political passion and partisanship play in undermining basic reasoning skills and the ability to think clearly and explain how values shape political conflict over facts.

The webinar will also offer a variety of effective deliberative strategies for resolving such conflicts consistently with sound empirical data from studies of cultural cognition and create successful advocacy strategies for issues that matter to their group.

Registration for the webinar is available online.

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