Belfast. Need a 3-credit course for this Spring? Or are you just interested in the topic of Mediation (and reconciliation) and want to gain the skills to enter the mediation field? Then consider this: UMaine Peace and Reconciliation Studies is offering a one-week intensive course, PAX 451 – Mediation: Its Premises, Practices and Policy at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast in February.
The course can be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit. The University of Maine Hutchinson Center is again offering the popular three-credit college course, PAX 451: Mediation: Its Premises, Practices and Policy beginning Monday, February 19h and continuing all week, ending on Friday, February 23th. The class will run from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm each day (Monday through Friday). The instructor is Will Galloway, who has been teaching for the University and Hutchinson Center for over 13 years and is very well respected in the peace studies field as well as the midcoast community. Mediation is about conflict and resolution, and is very much individualized to each situation. Some people choose mediation as a way to resolve a difficult situation. Others use it to begin a difficult conversation. The end goal is to work together to reach an agreement or understanding.
The course introduces students to the theory and practice of mediation. Participants will reflect together on the nature and origins of conflict and its impact on society and individuals. Student will acquire and practice the skills needed for effective conflict management. Successful completion of this course may assist students gain future certification in the field. In April, the Hutchinson Center is offering PAX 452: Advanced Study in Transformative Mediation, which deepens one’s understanding of the principles of the transformative orientation to mediation practice, and builds on the learnings in PAX 451.
The skills gained in this course are useful in so many fields: community, human resource, community development, social work, restorative justice, peace studies and everyday life. For more information or to register for the class please contact the Hutchinson Center at 338-8000, toll free 800-753-9044 or stop in the main office. You can visit our website at www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.