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Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)/Certificate Program

The Certificate in Dispute resolution is a 14-unit program offered to students currently pursuing an MFT through Pepperdine's Clinical Psychology Program. It consists of the following requirements:

Straus Institute Required Courses - 6 units

One Arbitration Course:
    Arbitration Law*+, Arbitration Practice and Advocacy* or
    International Commercial Arbitration
Negotiation Theory and Practice
Mediation Theory and Practice

GSEP Required Courses - (2 courses, 4 units captured)

PSY 606 Interpersonal Skills and Group Therapy
**Replaces SOL's "Interviewing, Counseling and Planning" course"
PSY 622 Cross Cultural Counseling
***Replaces SOL's "Cross Cultural Dispute Resolution" Course

Straus Institute Elective Courses - 4 units required - (2 courses)

Advanced Mediation Seminar
Advanced Trial Practice+
Appellate Advocacy+
Arbitration Law*+
Arbitration Practice and Advocacy*
Communication and Conflict
Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution:
      London/Geneva
      Hong Kong/Beijing
Dispute Resolution in Education
Dispute Resolution and Religion
Divorce and Family Mediation
Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
International Commercial Arbitration*
International Investment Disputes
International Litigation+
Introduction to Legal Processes (non-law students and non-attorneys only)
Lawyering Process+
Psychology of Conflict
Restorative Justice
Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:
      Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
      Dispute Resolution Systems Design
      Dispute Resolution and Technology
      Employment Disputes
      Entertainment Industry Disputes
      Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
      Healthcare Dispute Resolution
      Ideological Foundations for Third Party Processes
      Intellectual Property
      Labor Disputes
      Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
      Mass Torts
      Ombuds
Trial Practice+
Trial Preparation and Settlement+
or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval (non-law students only)


*If this course was not taken to fulfill the arbitration requirement, it can be taken as an elective.

+This course is only available to law students, law school graduates or LL.M. candidates.