Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mediation

Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mediation

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UALR’s Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mediation is interdisciplinary with courses in communication, law, social work, public administration, education, and psychology.  Courses are taught by UALR faculty and by national experts in the field.  The field of conflict mediation is expanding in business, government and education.  Conflict mediators assist individuals and groups in reaching agreements in cases ranging from employee grievances to child custody agreement. Elective courses allow you to tailor your program to various interest areas like school mediation, business dispute resolution programs, or family mediation.  This graduate certificate maybe perfect for you if you are interested in a career in conflict mediation, or you feel that conflict mediation skills will enhance your effectiveness in your current career.

The graduate certificate requires 18 credit hours for completion (six 3-hour courses). Courses are scheduled on two weekends for the convenience of working professionals (Fridays 5pm-9pm; Saturdays 8am-5pm and Sundays 8am-5pm).  Students can complete the program in one year or go at their own pace, and courses may be taken in any sequence.

For more information on Conflict Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution visit  courts.arkansas.gov/administration/adr; this site has an informational video, steps to becoming a certified mediator and more useful information provided by the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission.

Three courses are required:

      • Conflict Analysis and Intervention (SPCH 7323)
      • Mediation (LAW 6329)
      • Negotiation (SPCH 7324)

And, students choose three electives from the following courses:

      • Family Mediation (SOWK 8320)
      • Conflict Management in the Schools (TCED 7341)
      • Effective Crisis Communication (SPCH 7350)
      • Designing ADR Systems for Organizations (PSYC 7330)
      • Managing Public Disputes (PADM 7341)
      • Facilitating Multi-Party Conflicts (SPCH 5313)

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For more information about the program, contact Dr. Jerry Stevenson at: