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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:
      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
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 LLM candidates.