4 -weeks (40 academic credit hours)
Live Session Schedule: Lectures (mandatory) Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST, role play sessions (mandatory), Wednesdays 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which spans facilitation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication, and litigation. Participants in this course will explore the history and goals of mediation, and the elements of the mediation process. This course examines the role of a mediator and delivers an overview of the skills necessary to successfully mediate.
This course introduces you to the concepts, skills, and techniques needed to mediate disputes: determining whether mediation is appropriate, the role of the mediator, guiding the process, managing emotions, and using communication skills as a mediator. Mediation is a practical method for helping people resolve their conflicts and attain mutually satisfactory outcomes. You will mediate simulated disputes involving parents, children, extended families, in-laws, neighbors, and step-parents. Emphasis is on skill development through simulated mediations assisted by OAFM Accredited Family Mediators.