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Conflict is something everyone avoids, but avoidance does not help. The best solution is to develop skills and knowledge so that you can approach conflict with confidence.  The Certificate in Managing Conflict is a natural fit, a three seminar certificate consisting of one required and two electives from a choice of three offerings.

The Foundations seminar focuses on your individual attitudes and approaches to conflict resolution with a large focus on effective communication skills. You will explore key strategies, concepts and methods used to address and resolve conflict effectively. This will minimize the impacts on situations, on yourself and others, and contribute to more healthy personal and work relationships. 

The remaining three elective seminars allow you to pick your area of focus. Workplace conflict has common elements and in this seminar you’ll work through everything from conflict coaching to the impact of technology and conflict resolution. Rounding out our options are hands-on seminars that will focus in the area of Negotiation and Third Party Neutral skills and strategies. The options allow you to pick and choose based on the experience you have already and the needs of your organization and the roles you’re likely to play in addressing conflict.  

These seminars will have a large element of practice, application and feedback using role plays, exercises and simulations.  

Certificate Requirements

The certificate must be completed within a two-year period. Participants must complete one required and two of the three elective options.

6 Day Certificate


Fee: $2,625
Facilitators: Bridget Brownlow, BA, MA, Con. Res. Cert., Michael E. Petitpas,  BEd, CRCert., and Terry H. Wagar, LLB, PhD
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS


Required Seminar

Foundations of Conflict Resolution – Powerful and practical approach to dealing with conflicts effectively 

  • 2 DAYS
    October 15 - 16, 2019
    March 11 - 12, 2020 

Choose Two Elective Seminars

  Managing and Resolving Conflict in the Workplace – Conflict coaching and designing informal interventions

  • 2 DAYS
    January  29 - 30, 2020
    Apr 15 - 16, 2020

  Negotiation and Dispute Resolution - Get hands-on opportunities to negotiate, mediate and/or litigate

  • 2 DAYS
    November 6 - 7, 2019
    May 11 - 12, 2020

  Third Party NeutralUnderstand how you prepare, convene and support parties in conflict 

  • 2 DAYS
    February 18 - 19, 2020
    June 10 - 11, 2020