Summer 2009 Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certificate Programs Offer
Key Skills for Challenging Times
Special Reduced Two-Program Fee for University of Nevada, Reno Beginning and Advanced Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certificate Programs in July
In times of crisis, mediation and conflict resolution skills are critical to keeping organizations running smoothly.
This summer, Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno will offer both 40-hour Beginning and Advanced Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certificate programs for a special reduced fee for those who register for both programs at the same time.
“Conflict resolution skills are especially helpful during times of challenge,” said Trip Barthel, program facilitator and founder of the Neighborhood Mediation Center, a private, nonprofit organization that works with courts, law enforcement, schools and community organizations to provide conflict resolution services throughout Washoe County.
“During difficult times, we need to make the best decisions with limited resources, so coming to better solutions is even more important than in typical circumstances.”
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that involves the skillful intervention of a third-party professional to help resolve disputes that arise between two or more parties. Mediators help the parties clarify key issues, build possible outcomes and devise solutions that work well for all involved.
The weeklong, 40-hour Beginning Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certificate Program will be held Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The University’s 40-hour Advanced Meditation and Conflict Resolution Certificate Program will be held July 16-18 and July 30-Aug. 1, Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., and Fridays-Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Both programs are held at the Continuing Education Building on the University campus, 1041 N. Virginia St., Reno.
The course fee for each program is $1,150 or $750 for each program if registering for both the Beginning and Advanced Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certificate programs at the same time (total fee for both programs is $1,500). Fee includes all course materials, parking each day, and continental breakfast and lunch for sessions held 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Optional Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for an additional $20 fee.
Developed by Extended Studies in partnership with the Neighborhood Mediation Center, the programs cover such topics as organizational dispute resolution, recognizing and resolving conflicts early, cultures and conflict, and ethical decision making, among others. According to Barthel, skills acquired through the programs may be beneficial to professionals working in a variety of fields and to individuals facing diverse challenges.
“Mediation is a forum used in all walks of life. Businesses use it to resolve employee and customer issues, landlords use it with tenants, married couples use it, neighbors use it,” Barthel said. “Organizations with these skills can resolve issues more quickly with improved satisfaction for both customers and employees. Mediation is based on communication and problem-solving skills, so it is valuable in a wide range of situations.”
For registration and more information, click here or call (775) 784-4062 or 1-800-233-8928.