Our Advanced Practice Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies provides professionals with a greater understanding of conflict dynamics and the knowledge and skills to support conflict resolution.
This certificate is one of many offered through the California Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Behavioral Science, Public Safety, and Justice at the California School of Forensic Studies— An institution dedicated to providing law enforcement, security professionals, other first responders, and mental and allied health professionals with practical forensic education and training.
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Pathway to Master’s
The credits from this certificate coursework can be applied toward earning your Master of Science Degree in Forensic Behavioral Science or Forensic Leadership Administration.
Our Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually and on your time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule.
You will be trained by the field’s top professionals who will help build your expertise in evidence-based skills to support conflict resolution.
Course One: The Fundamentals of Mediation
This course examines mediation theory and practice and provides and in-depth exploration of selected aspects of the mediation process is it relates to the larger conflict resolution context. The course addresses topics such as resistant parties, overcoming impasse, mediating with individuals and groups, using a decision-tree analysis, and employing counterintuitive and “mindful” mediation strategies. Ethical issues and public policy concerns, such as the limits of confidentiality and expectations of procedural fairness, are also explored.
Course Two: Communication and Human Factors in Crisis & Conflict
This course addresses communication and human factors as they relate to crisis management, effective mediation, and conflict resolution. The course incorporates challenges to effective communication caused by interpersonal, intrapersonal, intergroup, or intragroup conflict, and the role of communication in resolving such conflicts. The course focuses on the human, psychological, social, cultural and emotional aspects of conflict and effective communication strategies, including the roles of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, culture, and generation, and addresses concepts such as group processes, identity, needs, cooperation/competition, and barriers to effective communication in conflict or crisis contexts.
Course Three: Conflict Management, Resolution & Peacebuilding
This course incorporates theory and contemporary evidence-based models and best practices to analyzing conflict and achieving positive outcomes in a variety of contexts. Explores barriers to effective resolution and peacebuilding and methods for overcoming those barriers, as well as differences among approaches. Includes an emphasis on analyzing ethical responsibilities and dilemmas in third-party intervention and employs case studies to examine and formulate ethical approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the modality of this program?
The Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually and on your time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
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At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.
The California School of Forensic Studies is dedicated to graduating rigorously educated and trained professionals who impact society, public opinion, and policy by applying science in the service of preventing, investigating, and mitigating conflict and violence.