Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday : 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Based on findings from the social sciences, this course examines how individuals think about and relate to one another in the context of conflict. Students acquire a theoretical framework for understanding and assisting parties in conflict. Concepts explored for their usefulness in conflict resolution include the following: personality development and differences; neurotic styles; difficult people and psychological disorders; predictable cognitive biases; sources of psychological resistance to dealing with conflict such as fear of abandonment, shame, guilt and unresolved grief; stages of conflict including escalation, stalemate, de-escalation, and resolution; social origins of conflict, including differences in values, beliefs and morals; socialization of aggressive and cooperative behaviors; emotional intelligence, self awareness and empathy; trust and altruism; anger and the limits of argumentation and rationality; prejudice and the need for enemies. The course includes at least one self-assessment instrument to enhance student awareness of individual differences in psychological styles.
Richard C. Reuben is the James Lewis Parks Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law and co-director of the Missouri Center for the Study of Conflict, Law & the Media. Reuben is co-author of Dispute Resolution and Lawyers (4th ed. 2009), a leading ADR casebook; a reporter for the Uniform Mediation Act, a project of the American Bar Association and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; and is one of the leading authorities on confidentiality in ADR processes. He is also the founding chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Committee on Public Policy, Consensus Building, and Democracy, a member of the Editorial Board of the Section's Dispute Resolution Magazine, and the American Law Institute.
This class will examine each of the themes of Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation. A spectrum of definitions and meaning of each theme will be explored. A variety of approaches on how to implement each theme will be discussed. The material will be addressed from the context of governing our own lives, providing professional advice to another as an advocate, and serving as a mediator. Class material will include religious and non-religious perspectives on these themes.
Peter Robinson is managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than 39 states and foreign countries. He has served on the boards of the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, Southern California Mediation Association, and California Dispute Resolution Council. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006.
This course explores conflict in the context of religion, with a focus on how religious beliefs can generate and affect conflict as well as provide guidance on its resolution. It examines special considerations important in managing religious disputes and unique factors to be taken into account when facilitating the resolution of conflicts set within the context of religious organizations, including those that do not involve religious issues per se. Techniques to help parties integrate their own religious beliefs into their approaches to conflict are given special emphasis. The course uses the Judeo-Christian perspective as a starting point for examining other religious heritages, to gain an appreciation for how various religious beliefs can influence an individual's approach to conflict resolution and reconciliation and how religion contributes to regional and international political strife.
Timothy Pownall is an assistant director of the Straus Institute. Pownall focuses on the Institute's international initiatives, faith-based ministries, and cooperative joint-degree programs. He serves as the chair of the board of the Center for Conflict Resolution, a faith-based, non-profit enterprise that provides dispute resolution services in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Pownall has provided consulting services in conflict management and training programs in negotiation and dispute resolution skills as a senior associate with Strategic Resolutions Group, LLC. He earned the Master's in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law and his BA in Psychology and Religion at Pepperdine University.