“Mental models are deeply held internal images of how the world works, images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting. Very often, we are not consciously aware of our mental models or the effects they have on our behavior.” —Peter Senge
If you want to make meaningful, lasting change, you have to address mental models. Using a systems thinking approach can help Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program staff increase their awareness of how beliefs and attitudes influence perspectives and actions when addressing complex challenges associated with helping adolescents make healthy decisions. Mental models are the foundation of how we see and experience the world. During this webinar, we will identify some of the mental models that TPP program staff experience in their work and identify leverage points in the system to more effectively move from superficial understanding to deeper understanding and ultimately action. Participants will learn about mental models, their impact on systems, and about tools, like the Ladder of Inference, that can be used to reflect on one’s personal beliefs and better understand others’ beliefs.
This webinar is intended for TPP program staff. Participants will be approved after registering through Zoom.
Speaker: Sheri Marlin, M.Ed., Chief Learning Officer, Waters Center for Systems Thinking