BRDGES Intercultural Certificate

About this certificate:

We are increasingly communicating internationally in many important aspects of our lives. For mediators, mediation advocates and those working in conflict resolution and peace-building, this Certificate adds invaluable inter-cultural dimensions to your work. BRDGES focuses on learning through active role-plays and simulations. You will interact with classmates from other regions and parts of the world. You can network with classmates from other cultures and cultural perspectives. You and your global classmates will participate from the comfort of your own home or office. You will be required to complete the five (5) modules listed below and learn to:

Intercultural Certificate Modules

Emotional Intelligence: A Critical Quality for Mediators

This workshop focuses on the relevance for mediators of the Emotional Intelligence Model and Emotional Intelligence Assessment ( EQ-I 2.0).  We will explore the critical roles that self-awareness and self-regulation play in mediator practice.  The mediator’s own emotional reactions can distort mediator perceptions and risk compromising a mediator’s ability to listen without bias, reflect with resonance, and uphold our core mediation values. Properly engaged mediator emotions position mediators to deliver more competent service to their clients.  Participants will have an opportunity to engage briefly with the assessment tool and reflect on personal areas for growth. This workshop is a combination of lecture, video, interactive activities and self-reflection.

Kathy Komaroff Goodman
Kathy Komaroff Goodman

Kathy is a founding Principal at ACCORD, a collaborative of conflict management and resolution specialists serving individuals and businesses. http://www.accordconflictresolution.com

Cultural Dimensions in Multi-Cultured Mediations

This course focuses on applying a selected theory about culture in such a way as to help the  mediator, conflict-resolution practitioner or peace-builder consider appropriate issues when  setting up and facilitating an inter-cultural mediation. The student/candidate will learn about  several recognized theories. The candidate will be assessed on what he or she has learned in  this module through the use of assignments such as written essays, mediation role-play  vignettes, and evaluations, with each student/candidate identifying applications of cultural  theories.

Ursula Caser
Ursula Caser

Multi-certified in core mediation programs and holds a European Master Degree in Mediation with a focus on inter-cultural work and positions. www.uc-mediation.eu

Intercultural Communications

Mediators and conflict-resolution practitioners need the ability to adjust their communications style to the preferred styles of participants from other cultures. The introductory course will give participants a preliminary understanding of intercultural issues as background and context. The course also will touch upon the variables of communications expressed because of cultural differences in ideas, attitudes and behaviors. The overall goal of this introductory course is to assist in communicating optimally with each other and to establish general processes to facilitate optimal communications through active, experiential learning.  

Michelle Brenner
Michelle Brenner

Author, Experienced Mediator and Conflict Resolution Practitioner in Australia. Holistic Practices Beyond Border

(P)Reflection: Invaluable Benefits of Preparation

Preparing in advance for a mediation by identifying possible or anticipated cultural patterns and preferences is imperative to success in a multi-cultured mediation. Those techniques will be discussed and simulated. Each student/candidate will design a strategy of appropriate processes and possible interventions for the final Role-Play each student/candidate will conduct as mediator in an actual multi-cultured, simulated role-play in which he or she will be the mediator.

Dave Joseph, MSW
Dave Joseph, MSW

An experienced trainer in mediation and dialogue, Mr. Joseph brings 20 years of mediation experience and 10 years of international work, primarily in Africa and his position as Senior V.P of Programs for the Public Conversations Project to the virtual classroom. Public Conversations Project

Mediating a Cross-Border Role-Play

Each student/candidate shall play the role of a mediator in a 2-hour Independently-assessed role-play. Each role-play will be an international, multi-cultured, commercial role-play approved by the USCIB. The mediator will conduct a Self-Assessment. At least one or more Assessors shall observe and complete evaluations on the Mediator’s role. Participating student/candidate peers playing the role of a party in the mediation shall also complete an evaluation of the mediator’s role. In the final hour of the module, each student/candidate shall meet with an Assessor to discuss and integrate all of the evaluations as Lessons Learned.

Lynn H. Cole, Esq.
Lynn H. Cole, Esq.

Recent Chair of the Board and President of Mediators Beyond Borders; Mediation Specialist in Bulgaria, Jordan, Kosovo and Sri Lanka; international trainer.  LynnCole.com

FAQ

Who can take these courses?

Any person who is currently a mediator, or who wants to become more effective in resolving conflicts or disputes and in building peaceful resolutions.  Also includes all mediation advocates (attorneys, judges, paralegals and others involved in the mediation process).