Consensus to Provide Mediator Training in Bethel University's Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

Dec 20, 2010, 15:00 ET from Consensus Mediation

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Conflict Resolution (ICR) at Bethel University now offers a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution. The 39-hour masters degree will meet every other Saturday at the University's Nashville Campus beginning spring, 2011. The program will take 24 months to complete, including Mediator Certification training, according to Clay Phillips, founder of Consensus Conflict Management and Mediation Services, LLC.

The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution prepares baccalaureate graduates and post-graduate professionals from various disciplines with current study, practical application and training in mediation, negotiation, conciliation and reconciliation. Bethel ICR graduates receive a MA in Conflict Resolution, certificates for completing training in Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediation, Civil Mediation and Domestic Violence for Family Mediators.

"The Masters in Conflict Resolution prepares graduates to provide professional conflict resolution services in every area of dispute," said Phillips. "Our graduates are fully and uniquely prepared to enter this profession and address the increasing demand for their services."

Unlike seemingly similar programs, the Institute for Conflict Resolution relies heavily on a mentored experience for our students, according to Phillips. "Our faculty mentors partner with students to address issues relative to the course of study and the practice of dispute resolution, reconciliation and negotiation – our graduates are uniquely trained and prepared to be practitioners," he said.

The thesis-based practitioner program prepares graduates for immediate employment or practice as mediators – one of the countries top 50 emerging professions in 2011, according to Phillips. "Never before has there been such a demand on the professionals dedicated to resolving conflicts, whether in a divorce, post-divorce, business, community or institutional setting," he said. "It also offers the graduates opportunities in human resources, advising, consulting, law enforcement, management, professional development and more."

For more information on Bethel University's Institute for Conflict Resolution, contact the university at or call 731-352-4000.

SOURCE Consensus Mediation