Lipscomb University - Institute for Conflict Management

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Lipscomb University - Institute for Conflict Management
  • Country: USA
  • City: Nashville
  • Type of organization: non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 2006
  • Interests: Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Formation

[edit] Description

“Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management (ICM) provides academic and business specific resources to equip students, organizations and professionals with skills to minimize the costs of unresolved conflict. Growing out of the internationally recognized dispute resolution work of Professor Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University President, the ICM provides degrees, certificates, seminars and research dedicated to the advancement of conflict management disciplines.

The ICM’s masters degree, certificate, research and conference offerings impact most areas of commerce and education, model evolving best practices in conflict management, and instruct participants in more cost effective and efficient solutions for unresolved conflict.

The Certificate in Conflict Management will be awarded after completing 15 hours of designated coursework focusing on negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution in various settings as well as a clinical internship. This program will be open to students, professionals and other interested parties in the community who seek training and/or certification in dispute resolution. The certificate program is also available for students enrolled in other graduate programs on campus.

The Master of Arts in Conflict Management will be awarded after completing 36 hours of designated coursework (15 hours are included in the certificate curriculum).

In addition to the academic curriculum, the ICM also offers programs featuring national leaders and experts in dispute resolution.

The Institute for Conflict Management was launched in 2006, building upon the work of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Dr. L. Randolph Lowry, president of Lipscomb University, founded the Straus Institute which is consistently ranked number one in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Growing out of two decades of experience, ICM takes the legacy forward in bold and innovative ways. Moving from Dr. Lowry’s pioneering work, the Institute now embraces a mature field, new approaches of practice, a global perspective and the opportunity to serve the Southeastern United States. It is an important time for a field described by Harvard University’s president as “the most exciting social experiment of our time”. Lipscomb University recognizes that the field of conflict management is not the possession of any specific academic discipline but, in fact, an interdisciplinary field. The Institute for Conflict Management draws the very best thinkers from law, business, social sciences and religion to create a program that combines the best of different fields. The truly interdisciplinary program gives students a richer learning experience and equips them in a more comprehensive way. Since its creation, ICM has hosted numerous conferences and summits to increase awareness and to promote collaboration in the community and has developed an educational program that is innovative, interactive and highly-rated.

The work of the Institute is supported by individuals who believe in the mission of ICM. One committed supporter of ICM stepped forward to anonymously endow the Randy and Rhonda Lowry Chair for Conflict Management with a one million dollar gift. It is through the work and support of individuals such as this that ICM’s mission in dispute resolution and reconciliation can impact the world”.

[edit] Programs of Study

The Institute offers two academic program choices:

  • Certificate in Conflict Management. Students who desire introductory instruction and skill development in negotiation, communication and the culture of conflict management will benefit from the certificate program. The certificate will enhance the career of individuals whose employment requires some degree of conflict management skills. This academic program consists of 15 hours of coursework.
  • Master of Arts in Conflict Management. Students who require advanced instruction and skill development in cross-cultural, business specific and high-level professional development will want to seek the M.A. in Conflict Management. The master’s degree will equip students to offer professional level expertise in conflict management and dispute resolution. This is a 36-hour non-thesis or thesis program.

In the Fall of 2009, the Institute for Conflict Management and the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at the University of Tennessee College of Law formed a collaborative agreement to offer the graduate certificate of Conflict Management and Master of Arts in Conflict Management on the Knoxville campus.

UT Law students and alumni have the opportunity to study an additional field that is a critical skill for attorneys. The certificate and master’s degree from ICM provide law students, alumni and regional professionals with relevant training and experience. This initiative furthers UT Law’s leading role in legal education that merges theory and practice emphasizing specialized advocacy, dispute resolution training and clinical opportunities for law students.

[edit] Mediation Training

ICM is quickly positioning itself as the leading resource for aspiring and professional mediators in the Southeast. In February 2007, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) granted ICM’s request to provide Rule 31 mediation training.

ICM is the only Rule 31 training institution housed in a university in the state of Tennessee and is pleased to be able to meet this professional training for the state's dispute resolution professionals.

[edit] Preparing mediators for the future

Mediation is a valuable resource in resolving disputes. Mediation is a facilitated process in which a mediator helps people with disputes reach an agreement. This process identifies important issues, clarifies misunderstandings, explores solutions and facilitates the negotiation of settlement. A primary goal of the Institute for Conflict Management is to train professionals in the skill of mediation.

The ICM has quickly positioned itself as the leading resource for aspiring and professional mediators in the Southeast. In February 2007, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) granted ICM petition to provide Rule 31 mediation training.

ICM is the only Rule 31 training institution housed in a university in the state of Tennessee and is pleased to be able to meet this professional training for the state's dispute resolution professionals.

The training offered at ICM is built on the highly rated, interactive courses presented at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. Participants in the ICM Rule 31 training have the opportunity to receive world-class training from the top mediation and dispute resolution professionals in the nation.

[edit] Programs Offered

The Institute offers four Rule 31 programs. Rule 31 is the Tennessee Supreme Court rule that defines the work of mediators and prescribes their training for court-related mediations.

  • Rule 31 40-hour Civil Mediation Training
  • Rule 31 46-hour Family Mediation Training
  • Rule 31 30-hour Civil to Family Mediation Crossover Training
  • Rule 31 16-hour Family to Civil Mediation Crossover Training

[edit] Faculty from Across the Nation

Visiting faculty from across the nation, who are experts in their respective field of work, conduct our courses and offer attendees the opportunity to learn about this discipline, which is continually changing and growing.

[edit] Contact

One University Park Drive. Nashville TN 37204-3951 - USA

Tel: 615.966.6680 • 800.333.4358, ext. 6680

Email: Request online

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