Certified Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES407
Hours: 240
Fees:  USD


This online Certified Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist (ADR) program will help you learn the methods of dispute or conflict resolution that are used as alternatives to litigation. Offered in partnership with Mediators without Borders®, this three-course program delivers a highly comprehensive conflict resolution education that will help you advance in your present job, add a sought-after skill to your resume, or set up a private practice as a mediation dispute resolution specialist. Also included is a 60-hour online internship that lets you practice with simulated cases. These cases are presented in weekly practice sessions where you can call a toll free number and participate as an observer, disputant, or mediator.

Alternative Dispute Resolution encompasses mediation and practice in a growing number of specialty fields, such as Construction or Eldercare Mediation. We've designed this program to include the Certified Mediator training as the required foundation course. Then you'll select two specialty courses to complement your mediator training. Please see the specialty course options below.

Core Curriculum: Certified Mediator Course

Your Selection of Two Specialty Courses:

  • Divorce and Parenting Time Mediation Certificate
  • Workplace Mediation & ADR Certificate
  • Arbitration Certificate
  • Eldercare/Probate Mediation & ADR Certificate
  • Construction Mediation & ADR Certificate
  • Restorative Justice Certificate

Upon completion of the mediator training and your two specialty courses, you'll be eligible to become a Certified Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist through Mediators without Borders®.

While you're in this program, you'll also have access to a variety of services in the Mediators without Borders® Professional Society with the option to join this society as a paid member when your studies are complete. The Mediators without Borders® Society provides you with networking opportunities, consultations from our experienced faculty, professional insurance, and discounts on International Mediators Without Borders conferences and continuing education seminars.

Upon registering, you're given an initial six months to complete this program.  Should you need more time beyond the six months, an extension of six months is available with a fee of $199.

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