About the course
This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict mediation processes. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) is geared for all professionals who are focused on “interest-based bargaining.” This course takes the mystery out of settlement processes and focuses on reaching reasonable solutions. Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Topics include: Why Conflicts Escalate, Why Mediation Works, The Mediation Process, The Role of the Mediator, Coming to an Agreement, Problems Encountered in Mediation, Developing ADR Programs for Government, Business and Personal Disputes, and Divorce Settlement Mediation.
Lesson 1: Introduction, History and Origin of ADR-Mediation.
Lesson 2: Techniques for ADR: The Mediation Process & Role of the Mediator.
Lesson 3: Business Disputes, Settlement Issues in the Business Sector, Employment Disputes and Employer/Employee Relationships. Job search strategies and placement possibilities will also be discussed.
Participants will be expected to complete reading and homework assignments and will choose or be assigned project reports that deal with ADR topics. Independent project development is encouraged. Final projects will be presented for grading to The Center for Legal Studies as a prerequisite of course completion.
About This Course
Participants will learn negotiation skills and how to select the most cost-effective and least intrusive ADR method to achieve the most positive result for both parties. Students will understand the processes and methods of ADR techniques; learn the proper application and limits of ADR techniques; appreciate the ethical considerations involved in ADR; and develop a basic ability to apply ADR methods.
Instructor: Jaimee L. Ward
Participants will demonstrate the following skills through successful completion of all required coursework and assignments:
- Comprehension of the functions of Alternative Dispute Resolution and its purpose
- Compare and contrast the differences between Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation
- Examine the different approaches in Negotiations
- Explain the functions of a mediator
- Demonstrate problem-solving techniques for mediation
- Discuss the process of the Summary Jury Trial
- List the advantages and disadvantages of the Summary Jury Trial
- Explain the process of the Mini-Trial
- List the advantages and disadvantages of Mediation-Arbitration
- Discuss the process of Private Judging
- List the advantages and disadvantages of Private Judging
- Explain Early Neutral Evaluation and Private Neutral Fact-Finding
- List the advantages and disadvantages of Private Neutral Fact-Finding
- Discuss the “Principle of Exclusivity” and the role of the union as a bargaining representative
Reading Assignments for Lesson Topics:
Lesson One: ADR: History, Origins, and Growth
- Read Chapter 1 in Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Nutshell (Nutshell)
Lesson Two: The Art Of Negotiation
- Read Chapter 2 in Nutshell
Lesson Three: The Mediation Process
- Read Chapter 3 in Nutshell
Lesson Four: Arbitration
- Read Chapter 4 in Nutshell
Lesson Five: Other Forms Of ADR
- Read Chapter 5 & 6 in Nutshell
Lesson Six: Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
- Skim through Appendices A – O in Nutshell
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.