The Mediation Studies programme is a new programme which was initially started in 2003, as a response to local community requests made for training in mediation services. This initiative was then developed through the collaboration of the Social Work Unit of the Department of Behavioural Sciences and the University of Denver. The programmes include a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mediation (2003), a Master’s in Mediation (2006) and public training. As of 2009, all programmes are certified by the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago. Mediation studies play a key role in building networks of experts in mediation who can then serve as trainers, teachers and supervisors in establishing the conflict resolution field and education/training services in Trinidad and Tobago.
To create a network of experts in the field of Mediation and Conflict Resolution to enhance occupational and social environments by developing competencies in core areas of Conflict Resolution, ADR and Mediation processes in students.
To be the number one (1) provider of Conflict Resolution skills and services in Trinidad and Tobago and in the Caribbean Region.
Aims and Objectives
- To educate professionals in the theory and practice of mediation
- To equip programme participants with the requisite skills base for effective practice
- To promote a culture of peaceful, non-violent, solution-seeking approaches to disputes.
- To develop expertise and capacity in the mediation field
- To facilitate the growth of the knowledge base required for ongoing training and supervision in Mediation.
- Mrs. Ann Diaz - Programme Coordinator