Interested in learning the dynamics of conflict?
Want to receive hands-on training in communication and dispute resolution skills?
Working towards a designation in mediation?
Earn the Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership.
Developed by the ADR Institute of Alberta, the Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership provides participants with the training needed to apply for a Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) or Chartered Mediator (C.Med) designation. In the required courses for this certificate you will learn the skills necessary to build a foundation in conflict management and understanding-based mediation. Elective courses allow you to focus on specialized areas in the field.
“I have been very impressed with the support the organization gives, as well as the professionals assigned to instruct. It gives the new learner a positive learning experience while at the same time, an impression of a collaborative and non-judgmental spirit amongst the professionals involved. That is hard to come by in many organizations.”
– Andrea R.
Who should take this program?
Students interested in adding conflict resolution skills to their professional repertoire.
Students interested in working toward a designation in mediation.
What does the Certificate Program entail?
ADRIA membership is required to register in courses for this program.
Learners are expected to complete all courses and pass all evaluations within three years to obtain a program certificate.
Required Courses (80 Hours)
The following courses must be taken in order:
- Communications in ADR
- National Introductory Mediation Training
Elective Courses (100 Hours)
Choose from any of ADRIA’s specialized training courses.
The following elective courses require completion of both required courses prior to registration:
- Conflict Management Coaching Workshop
- Mediation Case Development
- Oil and Gas Fundamentals for Conflict Management Practitioners
- Separation & Divorce Mediation: Foundations, Parenting Plans, & Child Support
- Separation and Divorce Mediation: Spousal Support and Division of Property
- High Conflict Mediation: Managing Conflict and Complexity in Mediation***
The following elective courses have no prerequisites (can be taken in any order):
- Restorative Practices
- Consensus Decision-Making***
** High Conflict Mediation: Managing Conflict and Complexity in Mediation is also part of the Separation and Divorce Mediation Certificate Program.
***The Consensus Decision-Making course only requires the completion of Communications in ADR if the student wants the Certificate in Consensus Decision Making. These two courses do not need to be taken in order.
- Equivalencies for the Communications in ADR and the National Introductory Mediation are not eligible for the Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership.
- External training may not be eligible for this certificate, check with the Education Coordinator if you have a specific course in mind.
- Duplicate training will not be counted towards program credit hours.
- Any of ADRIA’s specialized and advanced training courses are eligible, even if they are not listed here.
- As courses are updated, credit hours may change. You will be granted the credit hours that were given for the course at the time you completed it.
The program courses include lecture, personal reflection, and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on practicing skills and role-playing in small groups. In most courses small groups are provided with a coach to guide the exercises and give feedback. Some homework is required. Some courses include mandatory assignments.
What will I learn?
Learn skills to manage conflict within relationships, communities, and organizations and to work toward positive outcomes:
- Develop a clear understanding of your own perceptions, biases and attitudes, and how they may impact others in conflict.
- Analyze conflict dynamics to determine the best approach to a situation.
- Learn the communication skills needed for conflict resolution with a focus on self-awareness and assertive expression.
- Apply an understanding-based mediation process.
- Integrate the knowledge and skills of effective facilitation to achieve outcomes that are inclusive, collaborative, and outcome-focused.
- Develop skills for specific contexts through chosen elective courses.
- Understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of practicing ADR.
Course manuals are included and supplied on the first day of each class (or prior to the start of the course, depending on the course and delivery format).
Any recommendations to purchase other books or materials are outlined in the individual course description.
Fees for the program total approximately $9500 – $12,000 (costs vary based on electives chosen)
Certificate Application Fee: $25 (upon completion of all courses)
Application for Program Certificate
Upon completion of the required courses and 100 hours of elective courses, please download and complete the Program Certificate Application Form. Application fee is $25.
ADR Designation Qualification
Once complete, this program meets the educational requirements for both the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) and Chartered Mediator (C.Med) professional designations. More information about ADR Designations.