Online professional certificate in conflict resolution now offered
MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's College of Health and Human Sciences, Department of Applied Human Sciences and Global Campus are launching a professional certificate in conflict resolution.
This program is available as a noncredit option and signifies a level of professional achievement in the area of conflict resolution. The coursework has been offered for many years as an undergraduate and graduate certificate but is now available for those who would benefit from the training but do not want or need the academic credit.
"This professional certificate will meet the needs of people from across the spectrum of life," said David Thompson, program director.
Professionals reported spending increasing amounts of time dealing with conflict in the workplace before COVID-19, Thompson said. Since then, there have been profound changes and uncertainty about the future, leading to increased stress and anxiety levels.
Conflict is inevitable, whether professionally or in personal relationships. When coupled with rapid change, increased skills to effectively manage and resolve conflict will be crucial. Employers are looking for employees with cultural awareness and effective communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to deal with situations arising daily in the workplace — the very skills this program provides, Thompson said.
Participants will learn career and life-enhancing principles and skills through these courses. For only $250 per course, this will be one of the best investments a person can make in advancing her or his career, and is now offered at a highly reduced price, Thompson said.
"Our mission at K-State Global Campus includes the facilitation of coursework that meets the educational needs of all professionals, not just those looking for academic credit," said Katie Linder, executive director for program development at Global Campus. "This professional certificate streamlines the process for those looking exclusively for this skill set."
The courses are available online and range in length from eight to 16 weeks. Each course will take place at the same time and follow the same pacing as the for-credit option, allowing participants to choose whether to participate in the live Zoom sessions or watch the recordings at a later time. This format makes the learning accessible for busy professionals while providing opportunities for interaction and consultation with professors who are focused on their success.
More information about the certificate is available at online.k-state.edu/programs/certificates/graduate-certificates/conflict-resolution.html.