Unlike professional development programs that focus on skill enhancement, Carleton’s Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program combines an interdisciplinary study of theoretical foundations of conflict resolution with practical skills development. Assessment is a critical component of the program. Throughout your studies, you will be encouraged to reflect on the development of your skills and the performance areas that need additional improvement through an Independent Learning Initiative. You will be offered strategies to enhance your skills as an effective conflict manager, mediator, and communicator. Once you have finished your course work, you will participate in an assessment of your ability to mediate real-life conflict situations.
Department of Law and Legal Studies GDCR students earn graduate level credits in a program which blends conflict theory and practical application. The Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution (GDCR) program is delivered in an executive style format to accommodate the busy lives of working professionals. Whether you are working towards professional advancement, hoping to transition into a new career, or striving to enhance personal relationships, you will develop the skills to understand and effectively intervene in conflict situations.
What makes the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program distinctive?
- Faculty – students are taught by individuals who are both researchers and practitioners in their field of specialization.
- Insight Mediation and the Insight Approach to Conflict – core teachings within the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution curriculum, developed at Carleton University by researchers, theorists and highly skilled practitioners.
- Independent Learning Initiative (ILI)- is a core component of each course. The ILI involves journaling, role-playing and self-insight activities that encourage students to become aware of their strengths and challenges as conflict practitioners.
- Skills Assessment – Undertaken after the completion of all course work, the Skills assessment provides students with a clear indication of their level of competency to work as a sole practitioner.
- Insight Mediation Coaching Program– while preparing for their Skills Assessments, students become a part of a “Community of Practice” where they are coached and mentored by alumni of the Graduate Diploma Conflict Resolution.