American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Mediation 101, 201 & 301

“Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”
—Matthew 5:9

Become a Certified Mediator Today!

Dear Colleague:

Today’s generations are increasingly on edge—more pressed and stressed than ever. And before long, tension and anger begin to burn, stomachs turn, ulcers bleed, tempers flare and relationships blow up. When people are hurt and conflict goes unresolved, real harm can result. Sadly, a lot of painful things are said and done at home, at the workplace, and even at church without thought or care. You know how these interactions damage and scar loved ones, friends, co-workers, staff and others—even for life.

“Mediation is more accessible and understandable to the lay person. It is less adversarial, expensive, and time-consuming than litigation and is more likely to produce an outcome that matches the interests of the disputants.”
—Texas Law Review, “A Glass Half Full.” Vol. 73:1594

Sometimes these hurts involve very complex issues. At other times, they are over the most trivial and foolish disputes. However, without resolutions, off to court we go—furthering the damage to reputations and relationships. Hopefully, it is not too late for such help, for that is when a mediator—a peacemaker—is needed. Developing a plan of resolve—making peace between people and entities who have been at war—is what we want, a just closure and an opportunity for healing is what we all pray for.

Introducing “Professional Mediation”: Our Newly Revised and Updated Certificate Training Program

It is a very practical, hands-on, skills-based approach to mediation training that concentrates on delivering the skills needed for structured mediation practice. Most importantly, this program is Christ-centered and built on a biblical foundation.

Our goal is straightforward and simple—to help you gain the skills and credentials to expand your practice into a growing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) arena that is gaining a significant place in both the legal and human service worlds, and to help others make peace—reaching mutually beneficial solutions to seemingly irreconcilable differences.

When you successfully finish this program (more than 200,000 students have enrolled in a Light University course), you will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education credits are also available, if needed, for mental health professionals.


Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LMFT
President, AACC

Professional Mediation Training

AACC’s Professional Program in Certified Christian Mediation Training is a 40-hour intensive certificate program in structured mediation skills. This will allow you entry into most court-based mediation programs in the United States, prepare you for further, advanced training in divorce and family mediation, and various other specialty mediation programs. Combining, for maximum impact and convenience, 40-hours of video-based education with six hours of face-to-face small group skills training and role-play supervision. Professional Mediation integrates the best of Christian education available in America today with the skills of structured mediation.

Each Course Includes:

  • High definition, video-based lessons on DVD (Study in your own home, at your own pace!)
  • Comprehensive worktext complete with detailed study notes, case studies, and role-play exercises
  • Certificate of Completion (suitable for framing) from Light University’s School of Continuing Education and Professional Development
You Will Learn:

  • Victim/offender mediation to help people realize justice and get back on the right track
  • Parties in lawsuits a quicker, less costly way to settlement negotiations
  • Conflict resolution for cases that are otherwise headed to court
  • Supervisors and workers reduced conflict and tension on the job
  • The promise of increased productivity between workers and administration
  • A service with a high probability of success—often over 80%
  • A service to facilitate reduced conflict and violence prevention in schools
Benefits of Enrolling:

  • Add an adjunct specialty to your counseling and ministry practice
  • Expand client base and increase income—mediators typically earn $50-$150 per hour
  • Learn mediation and peacemaking based on Christian values
  • Be prepared for advanced training and practice in divorce and family mediation, and in other specialty applications of Advanced Dispute Resolution
Receive a FREE first-year membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors

You can earn up to 40 Continuing Education credits through AACC

MEDI 101: Introduction to Christian Mediation (12 Hours)
  • MEDI 101: Introduction to Mediation
  • MEDI 102: Conflict
  • MEDI 103: Communication Skills
  • MEDI 104: Mediation Models
  • MEDI 105: Stages of Mediation
  • MEDI 106: Impasse
  • MEDI 107: Co-Mediation
  • MEDI 108: Coping with Difficult People
  • MEDI 109: Dealing with Third Parties
  • MEDI 110: Mediation Strategies
  • MEDI 111: Ethics in Mediation
  • MEDI 112: Legal Issues in Mediation
MEDI 201: Conflict Dispute Resolution: Peacemaking, Forgiveness & Reconciliation (14 Hours)

  • MEDI 201: The Judeo-Christian Model of Peacemaking and Biblical Confrontation
  • MEDI 202: Planning Strategy, Establishing Boundaries and Approaching Conflict
  • MEDI 203: The Languages of Apology: Regret, Responsibility, Restitution, Repentance, and Requesting
  • MEDI 204: The Role of Different and Difficult Personalities in Dispute Resolution
  • MEDI 205: Mediating Strategoes for Special Populations
  • MEDI 206: Forgiveness and Peacemaking: What It Is and What It Isn’t
  • MEDI 207: Obstacles of Peacemaking: Emotions and Behaviors that Sabotage Mediation and How to Negotiate
  • MEDI 208: Essentials of Good Conversation: Emotional Presence, Honesty and Responsibility
  • MEDI 209: Restorative Justice: Acknowledging Freedom and Responsibility
  • MEDI 210: Cultural Issues in Mediation
  • MEDI 211: Religious Differences and Spiritual Issues: How They Impact Mediation
  • MEDI 212: Ethics and Liabilty Issues in Mediation
  • MEDI 213: Gender Issues in Mediation: Making the Differences Work in Your Favor
  • MEDI 214: Mediaion Role-plays and Debriefing Exercises
MEDI 301: Domestic and Family Mediation: Divorce & Child Custody Cases
(14 Hours)

  • MEDI 301: Understanding the Domestic Mediation Process and the Mediator’s Role
  • MEDI 302: Case Assessment: Understanding Family Dynamics and Family Conflicts
  • MEDI 303: Hands-on Skills to Mediate Custody, Visitation and Child Support Issues
  • MEDI 304: Domestic Violence and Mediation
  • MEDI 305: Creating Parenting Plans: Psychological and Cognitive Issues
  • MEDI 306: Communication Skills for Domestic Conflict and Conflict Transformation How-To’s
  • MEDI 307: Mediation and Divorce Process
  • MEDI 308: Strategies for Working with High-conflict Parents and Managing Impasses
  • MEDI 309: Mediation in Special Situations: Never-Married’s, Domestic Abuse, Infidelity and Blended Families
  • MEDI 310: Division of Property and Finances: Part 1
  • MEDI 311: Division of Property and Finacnes: Part 2
  • MEDI 312: Negotiation within Mediation: Anger, Power Struggles, Aggression and When to Use Caucus
  • MEDI 313: Bargaining and Drafting Agreements: Parenting Plans and Memorandums of Understanding
  • MEDI 314: Mediation Role-plays and Debriefing Exercises
MEDI 401: Face-to-Face Training & Role-Play Supervision
(6 Hours; Required; Conducted at AACC Conferences)
Upon successful completion of the entire program, you are eligible for certification as a mediator!

Professional guidelines for practicing mediation is a state-by-state process—every student is responsible for verifying their state’s regulations to practice.

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