Certified Mediator and Arbitrator

Certified Mediator and Arbitrator

Whether you are looking to improve your conflict resolution skills and abilities in the workplace, at home, or in private practice, the Certified Mediator and Arbitrator program is for you. This three-course program will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and skill set and end with a Certification Exam based on your studies.

In this program, you will learn how to effectively help others negotiate and collaborate through difficult disputes. This program provides Mediators Without Borders...

Details + Objective

You Will Learn

  • Articulate the use of the InAccord® Conflict Analysis model for use in mediation and arbitration
  • Examine the three phases and four stages of the InAccord® model used in mediation and arbitration
  • Explore the pre-interview and post-interview phases of the InAccord® mediation and arbitration model
  • Apply the Touchstone Skills of questioning, reflecting, and reframing to simulated mediation and arbitration cases
  • Apply InAccord® surveys to simulated mediation and arbitration cases, and analyze the results
  • Examine and apply the InAccord® model to the most common workplace disputes

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours

How you will benefit

  • Use your improved conflict resolution skills to solve disputes in the home or workplace
  • Understand how to effectively help others negotiate and collaborate through disputes
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a mediator or arbitrator within the state or local government, finance and insurance industries, or in private practice
  • Be prepared to become Certified in Mediation and Arbitration
  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | Registration will open soon

    Course: TBD

    Tuition: $4,295 | Prospective students of this program may be eligible for full or partial federal tuition assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Outline
    • Begin the course by working toward receiving your mediation certificate. Learn about resolution disputes within the justice system and elsewhere. Cover an overview of InAccord® Conflict Analysis Model and learn its phases and stages.
    • Continue on to learn about the touchstone skills, parts I and II. You’ll also learn how to craft the memorandum of agreement, all above special issues in mediation, and various legal processes and ethics.
    • Master an understanding of InAccord® conflict analysis and how to apply touchstone skills to practice.
    • Facilitate InAccord® phase interventions, staging multiple phases of various intervention practices. Complete this module by learning about ethical dilemmas and mitigation.
    • Conclude the course by learning about best arbitration practices including how justice and ethics come into play. Understand the conflict analysis model for arbitration and how to hold a preliminary conference.
    • Understand how a hearing is directed and closed. Learn how to render an award and the fundamentals of international arbitration.
  • Requirements

    There are no pre-requisites for this program. Skills at using a computer browser and Microsoft Word are necessary to complete the assignments and navigate the online campus. Students should have basic computer skills and be comfortable navigating the Internet and using e-mail. Students must be willing to learn to write at a professional level in order to generate contracts and fulfill various written tasks related to mediation.

    This program can be taken on a Mac or a PC. On a PC, it is compatible with Windows Vista and later operating systems and IE 8 and later browsers. With a PC, Microsoft Word 2003 or higher is also required. On a Mac, the program is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 (with Java 6) and later operating systems, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari 5.1.9 or later browsers. Microsoft Word 2011 or higher is also required on Mac.

    We highly recommend that you use Internet Explorer in place of other web browsers.

    Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

    Windows Media Player and Skype are also required for this program. Free downloads are available online.

    You need to have a microphone installed on your computer to participate in the role play practices. If you do not have a microphone installed, you are required to purchase a headset with a built-in microphone prior to enrolling.

    The following textbooks will be provided with the program:

    • In Justice, InAccord®
    • Touchstone Skills for Authentic Communication
    • Basic Skills for the New Arbitrator
    • InAccord® Conflict Analysis for Arbitrators

    Please note: some materials are in digital format.

  • Instructors

    Judge M. Sue Kurita is a native El Pasoan and has served as a judge for over 26 years. She is the presiding judge of El Paso County Court at Law Number Six since the court was created in 1998. Prior to 1998, Judge Kurita served as a Municipal for the City of El Paso for 9 years, including 4 years as the Presiding Judge. Judge Kurita has served on the boards of Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas, and on the National Association of Women Judges. She was elected Vice-President of the National Association for Women Judges and also served as the Chair for the New Judges Program for NAWJ. Judge Kurita was an official U.S. delegate to the Latin America Seminar on the 1980 Hague Convention Child Abduction Treaty. In September 2010, the Texas Supreme Court appointed Judge Kurita to serve on the State Commission for Judicial Conduct and currently serves as Vice-Chair. Judge Kurita was awarded the inaugural Daniel H. Benson Public Service Award from The Texas Tech University School of Law Alumni Association. Since 1994, Judge Kurita has been an adjunct professor for Park University and Excelsior College, teaching military personnel and their families. She has been the Commencement Speaker for both colleges. She was named the Excelsior College, School of Public Service 2015 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year. She also was a community supporter for the Fort Bliss Garrison, Basic Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program, organizing a holiday host programs. Judge Kurita is a 1975 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (BA). She earned a Masters from Webster University in 1981; and her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1985. Additionally, Judge Kurita was a Commandant List graduate in the Modern Greek Language Course at the Defense Language Institute. Judge Kurita has received certification in Criminal Law and Civil Law from the Texas Center for the Judiciary, Judicial College.

    Brian Luther is a Colorado licensed attorney and certified mediator and arbitrator with over 15 years of mediation and alternative dispute resolution experience in a variety of settings. Brian has a BA in English and History from Rutgers University, and a Juris Doctorate from Western New England School of Law. Brian has been a lead Instructor and Internship Supervisor for the past 4 years. In addition, Brian has presided as an impartial hearing officer in Longmont, CO, and is an alternate board member for the City of Longmont Board of Adjustments & Appeals, a quasi-judicial city board. As an attorney and mediator with an innovative mind-set and advanced practice skills, Brian brings enthusiastic dedication to his teaching and his work.