A new six-credit Mediation Certificate is now available for registration. Three of the credits will be offered during the Spring 2016 semester on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Swenson Hall room 1056.
The Summer 2016 session will feature the final three credits of the certificate. Family Law Mediation (MEDI 471) will run from June 6 to July 1. The class will meet in person June 6 - 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Swenson Hall room 2016. There will be two weeks of course work after June 10.
Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral, trained, third-party helps groups or people who are in conflict to find a "middle ground" in which they may work together to find solutions upon which both parties can agree.
Mediation skills are used in a wide range of professional settings, both formally and informally. Careers in the helping professions have long seen these skills as important. Today, management professionals are increasingly recognizing these competencies as crucial to success.
Research indicates at approximately 40 percent of supervisors and managers' time is spent in dealing with conflict, making these skills relevant across all disciplines. The interpersonal competencies involved in learning to identify key issues and help people in conflict establish successful resolution to problems are sought by employers of college graduates. Graduates who have sought this type of education and can demonstrate the skills will have enhanced strengths in competitive settings.