Audience: Individuals who wish to work as mediators in the conflict engagement field or others such as health care professionals, teachers, attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and individuals already in or aspiring to be in positions of leadership and/or management.
Length: 7 weeks (3 credits)
This seven-week course is taught online, with two required half-day, on-campus workshops. The course introduces students to the theories, models, skills and techniques used in mediation, a major conflict engagement process. Students are given opportunities to practice various techniques used by mediators during the mediation process through online discussions, demonstration role plays, active learning exercises, videos and readings. Students will also explore:
- The impact of various issues, including trust, forgiveness, culture, gender and power on the mediation process
- The role of the mediator, parties and attorneys in mediation
- The connection between mediator ethics and Ignatian values
- Challenges that arise during mediation
The mediation workshop, together with the seven weeks of online instruction, fulfills the Basic Mediator Training requirements and it is approved by the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR), Nebraska Supreme Court. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a Certificate of Participation in the ODR-approved workshop, which also fulfills the prerequisite for taking the Family Mediation Training in Nebraska.