In our continuing education courses, BRDGES’ faculty emphasize rigorous academic research, practical inter-active experiences, and best practices. We place a high value excellence in our intercultural training for mediators, mediation advocates and all those who practice resolving conflicts, large or small.

All of BRDGES Academy’s continuing education courses are virtual, with only one exception- our video on women and trauma. Across the globe, conflict resolution practitioners wanting to better understand how cultural differences impact conflict resolution are accessing our courses to improve their intercultural skills…… and, to add credentials to their practice. It is easy and inexpensive to share BRDGES cultural insights from the comfort of home or office. This means that all of your global classmates are in digital communication between each other’s computers at a specifically-appointed time and link. Your instructor works with you experientially and online during this class-time period.

BRDGES offers Courses for Continuing Mediation Education (“CME”) or Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”)

We do not conduct initial training to become certified in mediation . However, in many countries, governmental entities require that professionals working in conflict resolution stay current in their professions and practices. Many governments also require their conflict-resolution professionals to continue their education within certain time periods for a number of specified credit hours. For example, for mediators, this is called Continuing Mediation Education (“CME”). For other conflict resolution professionals such as attorneys, judges, arbitrators, human resource specialists, social workers and psychologists, to name a few, BRDGES offers courses on resolving cross-cultural conflict for Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) credits.


A Global Distillation of Mediation’s Core Values

Mediation is the world’s fastest-growing conflict and dispute resolution method. BRDGES has been asked professionals and community leaders from around the world to be develop a basic mediation training course. Many of those desiring to learn mediation have no physical access to expensive in-person mediation training. Or, they simply cannot afford it. BRDGES is providing a easily-accessible and global source to give the universal fundamentals of mediation at minimal cost. Why? Because we believe in and are deeply committed to mediation as a peace-building process. We provide scholarships to those who show a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

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Commercial Mediation – An International Perspective & Imperative

The use of mediation is rapidly growing globally. In the last decade, it has exploded. Mediation’s growth mirrors the rapid expansion of international business as large and small companies in a myriad of countries shift to a worldwide vision. Few are tied to national boundaries. As globally-linked commerce increases, the likelihood of commercial disputes incrementally increases. The use of mediation has increased exponentially to meet international business and commercial dispute resolution needs. This commercial mediation course will focus on the unique skills and processes needed to take advantage of this international growth as an international commercial mediator.

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Cultural Dimensions in Multi-Cultured Mediations

This course discusses and focuses on applying selected theories about culture to assist conflict-resolution practitioners and professionals in how to consider and apply appropriate culturally-diverse theories when setting up and facilitating inter-cultural mediations and conflict resolutions.

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Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence is a measure of a person’s capacity to function effectively in a multi-cultural environment. Students will learn the importance and fundamentals of being aware of a world view, and how that worldview impacts the professionals and practitioners of conflict resolution, mediators and parties.

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Design Your Very Own BRDGES Course

The world needs to learn more about dealing with multi-cultured conflicts. We offer qualified trainers and teachers a platform to use for relevant teaching courses which will assist in conflict resolution. Contact Lynn Cole at lhc@BRDGESAcademy.com for more information .

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How Religion Informs Conflict Resolution

Religions have presented many challenges to the world but they have also offered positive guidance on life and society. All religions have had some form of the Golden Rule as well as non-dogmatic principles related to peace and harmony. This course will first look at the peaceful principles of each religion, and then consider the principles shared by all religions. These common set of principles can help peace professionals work cross culturally and internationally.

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Emotional Intelligence: A Critical Quality for Mediators

Self-awareness of each participant in intercultural mediations will be stressed and assessed to ensure a fair, orderly and safe as well as successful meeting environment. A mediator involved in the process must have a keen sense of his or her own emotions in order to provide the most successful mediation environment. Class participants will be assessed on their understanding and learning of emotional intelligence by experiencing the fundamentals of emotional intelligence.

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Engaging Cross-Culturally in Multi-Party Disputes

Globalization has lead to unprecedented changes in how we interact in an increasingly global world which fosters new channels to interact across cultures, ideologies, countries and communities. This course will focus on way and methods to constructively engage multiple perspectives in building consensus on some of the most challenging issues we face. It will introduce tools to engage constructively in multi-stakeholder and cross-cultural contexts in order to build foundational principles and skills for multi party dialogue and multi-stakeholder consensus building in company-community-government issues and public disputes.

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Ethical Principles in Conflict Resolution

As mediation rapidly grows as a profession worldwide, there are developing ethical issues that are universal in nature, such as self-determination and confidentiality. Key ethical questions are current subjects of international discussion, such as whether the parties must act in good faith; or, if and when must a mediator withdraw? These core issues and types of questions will be the subject of in-class exercises and sharing in this unique course with diverse participants. The Dispute Resolution Center of the Florida Supreme Court lists BRDGES as provider for CME courses. BRDGES Courses also meets Florida Supreme Court and DRC live and interactive CME requirements.

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Intercultural Communications

Mediators and conflict-resolution practitioners need the ability to adjust their communications style to the cultural customs of participants from other societies. 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.

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Mediation, Dialogue and Democracy: The Conflict of Politics and the Politics of Conflict

Self-awareness of each participant in intercultural mediations will be stressed and assessed to ensure a fair, orderly and safe as well as successful meeting environment. A conflict resolution practitioner or mediator involved in a resolution process must have a keen sense of his or her own emotions in order to provide the most successful mediation environment. Class participants will be assessed on their understanding and learning of emotional intelligence by experiencing the fundamentals of emotional intelligence.

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Mediation Through a Trauma Informed Lens

Violence against women (and children) reprehensibly continues as a world dilemma.
As a mediator or conflict resolution practitioner, one must have a basic and clear understanding of how violence embeds in a human being’s psyche as trauma. Understanding how that trauma must be dealt with prior to having any capacity to mediate or learn about conflict resolution is critical. This introductory course will discuss that process and whether women who have suffered the trauma of violence and abuse can capably mediate.

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Mindfulness in the Heat of Conflict: Being Clear and Calm

Being mindful gives class participants the opportunity to respond skillfully to whatever is arising in the moment, even in the heat of conflict. To strengthen your ability to be mindful at work and play, you will be introduced to mindfulness meditation. This 4-hour course increases mental acuity and focus, promotes freedom from habitual judgments and reactions, builds our capacity to be fully present in the moment, lowers stress and promotes clarity and calmness. This highly successful in-person course now moves to the global classroom where virtually anyone anywhere with a computer can learn to pay focused, non-judgment attention to experiences as they unfold. By participating in a series of enjoyable exercises and conflict-related role-plays, you will be introduced to two practical tools of awareness, STOPSI© and Taking STOCK©, co-created by Wohl and Leonard L. Riskin, which help integrate mindfulness into our conflict resolution work and home lives.

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[P]Reflections: Invaluable Benefits of Preparation

Wherever you are in the world, global experience demonstrates that at least 80% of the work in successful mediations and dialogue happens before participants even walk into their first meeting together. This practical and functionally-oriented course focuses on the benefits of preparation to both parties and the conflict resolution practitioner. The course takes you step-by-step through how to do this skillfully. Helping the parties to clarify their purpose, to reflect on what is most important to them and how they can bring themselves constructively into the room are some of the topics class participants will explore through interactive exercises in this global classroom.

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