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The teaching period will involve 2 evening sessions (6 hours per week) over 24 teaching weeks. There is also one Saturday workshop. Read more
The teaching period will involve 2 evening sessions (6 hours per week) over 24 teaching weeks. There is also one Saturday workshop. This structure may be subject to some modification (contact the Course Co-ordinator for further information). Evening courses take place at the ISE, Dublin. The Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies course is designed to encourage an understanding of the nature and causes of conflict in political, ethnic, community, civil and related environments, and provides an overview of prevailing systems of remedy and redress and dispute resolution. The course examines the causes of conflict in corporate, statutory, voluntary, political, and community-based settings and provides training in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes such as adjudication, facilitation, ombudsmanship and mediation, and addresses internationally significant commissions and tribunals on post-conflict justice. This one-year course interests those who wish to study non-adversarial dispute resolution processes. It is of particular interest to those, in both the public and private sectors, who wish to study civil mediation and other non-adversarial dispute and conflict resolution processes which are increasingly a part of legislative and management structures in the EU and internationally. It aims at achieving standards of best practice for those who recognise the value of alternative dispute resolution processes in resolving commercial, community, workplace and other pre-litigation disputes and in minimising damage caused by conflict. Through an alliance with Mediation Forum-Ireland those who complete the CDRS course will have the opportunity to have their names included in the relevant specialist panel of Accredited Mediators. Students are required to take all core compulsory modules: Course Content:

Understanding Conflict,
Aspects and Dynamics of Conflict,
Theories and Processes of Conflict Resolution,
Processes and Skills for Moving Beyond Conflict.

The assessment is based on two essays of approximately 4,000 – 4,500 words each, a 4,000 – 4,500 reflective log, and on a practical skills-based assessment to be completed by 1 August. One essay will focus on the underlying theory and philosophy of conflict, the other essay will focus on the theories and processes of conflict resolution. To complete the Diploma satisfactorily a pass mark of 40% must be achieved in the two essays and the log and practical assessment must be undertaken to a satisfactory standard.

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Overview (General information) This one-year part-time flagship Diploma programme is a comprehensive learning and practice experience. Read more
Overview (General information) This one-year part-time flagship Diploma programme is a comprehensive learning and practice experience. The course is based on the theoretical foundations of mediation and includes analysis of conflict theory, negotiation theory and approaches to conflict intervention and marries this with intensive practice skills development throughout the year. It explores multiple fields for the application and practice of mediation and conflict intervention in society today including Families, Workplace Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Restorative Justice, Conflict Resolution in Education, Peacemaking, Community Mediation and Multiparty Policy Disputes. The programme prepares students for professional certification in mediation with the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland.

The course is structured around theoretical presentations and skills development through exercises and role-play and the introduction to specialised areas of mediation practice as mentioned above.

Accreditation

The Diploma is aimed at those who wish to develop mediation skills for application in their area of work or for developing a career in mediation. Graduates will receive a Diploma in Mediation from the Edward Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University and those who successfully take the Mediation Roleplay Competency Assessment can apply to the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland for Certified Status as a Mediator.



Gain knowledge of the theory and practice of mediation, conflict paradigms and conflict intervention theory principles and practice, so that they have a strong theoretical base to their practice.
Develop mediation and conflict intervention skills through the application of theory to practice in role-play so that they are skillful mediation practioners.
Develop self awareness in their communication skills through reflective exercises and coaching so that they are aware and reflective in their mediation practice.
Gain ability to analyse conflict through systemic analysis so that they can process and plan conflict intervention strategy.
Have knowledge and practice skills in reality testing, bargaining and negotiation to enable negotiations between parties in mediation.
Recognize and can work with power issues in mediation.
Are congruent in their practice with the value base of mediation.
Are ethically sensitive and competent.
Have ability in conducting caucus, shuttle mediation and co-mediation through knowledge and role-play so that they are able to enact these practices in mediation.
Are competent in drafting mediation agreements using clear and concise and neutral language.
Have ability in facilitating expressions of regret and apology between parties in mediation.
Are prepared to take a Mediation Competency Assessment.
Have an introduction to Community & Workplace Mediation, Mediation & Labour Relations, Multiparty Mediation for Public Policy Disputes, School and Family Mediation, Peacemaking and Restorative Practice.

The course comprises five modules each of five days duration, held on Mondays from 09.30 to 17.00 over the academic year (end September to beginning May). Students learn through lectures, skills training and project work. Students are obliged to attend 80% of the course.

Assessment

Students must complete two assignments per module and take part in a competency assessment of mediation skills at end of year.


The Diploma is aimed at those who wish to develop mediation skills for application in their area of work or for developing a career in mediation. Successful graduates of the programme will receive a Diploma in Mediation from the Edward Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University and will have passed a competency assessment whereupon they may register with the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland as a certified mediator.

Graduates will generally find work in this field through self employment. Agencies which provide a conflict management consultancy and/or mediation service employ mediators. Many graduates use the knowledge and skills gained on the course for application in their current employment.

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The MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention at Edward Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University provides a learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation and conflict intervention knowledge and skills. Read more

Overview

The MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention at Edward Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University provides a learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation and conflict intervention knowledge and skills. The programme delivers specialist professional training in the areas of Organisational and Workplace Mediation, Family Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Restorative Practice and Peace Process Studies, providing the professional knowledge and skills necessary for practice in these areas. Students complete nine modules of 10 credits each over a two-year duration.

This highly experiential programme provides ongoing opportunities to learn reflectively through exercises and in practice through feedback and coaching while formal presentations provide background theory in the specialist areas. Students gain a strong theoretical foundation coupled with skills and practice development leading to a solid grounding in the best practice of constructive conflict intervention processes.

The MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention is designed for those people who are intently interested in furthering their skills base and knowledge in the field of mediation and conflict intervention. Participants will usually have been working directly or indirectly with people in conflict as a professional or as someone required to handle conflict situations in their work or personal lives. Participating in this programme will further develop theoretical knowledge and applied skills in conflict analysis, mediation and other specialist chosen areas of study. The programme is designed to be an intense learning experience where small class sizes encourage strong skills development and engagement in a continuous and collaborative learning environment.

The course is accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII) and students who are not already certified mediators with the MII must undergo and pass the first module (MC615) via assignment and competency assessment. This will enable students to register with the MII as a certified Mediator with eligibility to practice. Completion of the Masters programme will provide further requirements for Practitioner Accreditation. This senior status is achieved when the student has successfully completed the course and also has completed cases to MII standard (see Mediators Institute of Ireland website: http://www.themii.ie).

Course Structure

Two Year Part Time Programme

Each year has a different schedule with some modules repeated each year.

In the academic year of 2017-2018 the first semester delivers the following modules. Research (MC603), Mediation Knowledge and Practice (MC615), Family Mediation (MC604), Mediation Theory into Practice (MC628), Values and Relationship in Mediation and Conflict Intervention (MC601) and Restorative Practices (MC608). The second semester modules are Commercial Mediation (MC607), Workplace Mediation (MC605), Peace Studies 1 - Resolving Protracted Conflict (MC629) and Peace Studies 2 -Post Conflict Challenges in Implementing Peace Agreements (MC630).

Year two modules include Mediation Knowledge and Practice (MC615), Family Mediation (MC604), Mediation Theory and Conflict Analysis (MC601), Organisational and Workplace Mediation (MC605), Conflict Resolution in Education (MC611) and Restorative Practice in Schools (MC616).

Schedule

The course is structured in modules of 6 days each. Each 6 day module in turn is (usually) broken down into two 3 day blocks (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). The Restorative Practices Module (MC608) is structured in three blocks of two days, Thursdays and Fridays. The majority of modules are delivered on campus, however some course days are delivered off campus ( MC608, MC629 and MC630), in the North of Ireland or Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Enniskerry. Students take the internship module Mediation Theory into Practice (MC628) off campus.

Students must complete one compulsory module MC601 or MC606 each year, whichever is being delivered in the year. Students without appropriate accreditation as a mediator must complete and pass MC615, the first module on offer each year. Students complete nine modules in total over two academic years.
While every attempt will be made to keep to dates advertised it is important to note that all dates are provisional and will be confirmed upon commencement of the programme.

Career Options

Graduates are provided with the knowledge base for practice in the specialist areas of mediation and many other conflict intervention systems taught on the course. Graduates who have completed module MC615 and passed the competency assessment may apply to register with the Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII) and advertise their practice as a certified mediator. On completion of supervised cases, graduates may apply for assessment to the advanced level of Practitioner Member with the MII. Graduates may incorporate their learning into their current employment or the development of their future career. Others may choose self-employment offering a variety of services including mediation, conflict analysis, conflict management, facilitation and other conflict interventions to prospective clients. Some agencies, providing a mediation service, employ mediators, which provides another option.

How To Apply

Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity

PAC Code
MH50M / MH51M

Closing date
Late applications may be considered if there are places remaining on the course

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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