Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution
The State of California increasingly favors resolving disputes before they evolve into litigation or, alternatively, before litigation requires a trial. Mediation is the primary method of "alternative dispute resolution" because it allows disputants to resolve their issues voluntarily and quickly with the aid of a trained mediator, thereby reducing costs for both the disputants and the court system.
CSUDH College of Extended and International Education’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certificate program offers the most comprehensive practicum training available in any single-semester program in this fast-growing field. Examples:
- While the majority of California mediation-training certificate programs provide only enough training to meet the state's minimum educational standards (25 hours), most California courts require a minimum of 40 hours of mediation education. CSUDH's MCX program provides 100 hours of training.
- California law requires that mediation-training programs cover landlord-tenant, neighbor-neighbor, and customer-merchant disputes. CSUDH's MCX covers not only these areas but also workplace and other matters commonly seen in community mediation centers or courts statewide.
- Though many other mediation-training certificate programs provide no actual experience for their students, CSUDH's students start by observing mediations and the vast majority of them will "co-mediate" actual litigated cases by the end of the program.
NOTE: Because this certificate program is so comprehensive, it is also valuable for those seeking careers or career advancement as counselors, educational administrators, teachers, human resource professionals, managers and others who must deal with conflict in professional and personal situations.
Additional advantages of the CSUDH MCX certificate program:
- During the practicum, students network with top mediators in the field and work directly with organizations that utilize mediators.
- Students who complete the program receive a certificate 1) intended to meet the educational and training requirements of the Dispute Resolution Program Act (DRPA) of California; and 2) intended to satisfy the educational requirements of most California Court panels.
- Graduates of the certificate program are eligible for membership discounts with the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).
Participants in the MCX certificate program are eligible for MCLE credit.
What You Will Learn
The Graduate Mediation and Conflict Resolution Program actively engages mediation providers in the community to develop opportunities for its students. Participants receive hands-on mediation and conflict resolution training that actively reinforces the classroom training.
Who Should Attend
Because this certificate program is so comprehensive, it is also valuable for those seeking careers or career advancement as counselors, educational administrators, teachers, human resource professionals, managers and others who must deal with conflict in professional and personal situations.
To be admitted into the program, an applicant must:
- Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Have been in good academic standing at the last educational institution attended
- Have a strong command of English both orally and in writing
- An official transcript from the institution where you received your highest degree
Students will have the opportunity to network with LA’s top mediators and work directly with organizations that utilize mediators. Students who complete the program receive a certificate intended to satisfy the educational requirements of the Dispute Resolution Program Act (DRPA) of California. Students in the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Masters program at CSUDH will be able to use these courses as electives in their program.
Students are eligible for MCLE credit.
It is the responsibility of the student who is no longer attending classes to formally withdraw from the program. To formally withdraw from the program, students must notify the program director in writing and submit a change of program form. Please see “Official Withdrawal Policy” in CEIE Bulletin or on the website.
Note: Simply not attending class, notifying the instructor of intent to drop the class, or calling a University office to express intent to withdraw does not constitute formal withdrawal.
To reach Dr. Jack R. Goetz, MCX instructor for 2 of the 3 required courses, email email@example.com
For further information contact Jack Goetz: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register, call 310-243-3741.