Summer Institute

Summer Institute in Conflict Management 

Kennesaw State University’s School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development is hosting the 2019 Summer Institute for Conflict Management Professionals in the beautiful Savannah, Georgia. The Summer Institute is the premier convention of professionals, practitioners, and scholars in mediation, k-12 education, higher education, social work, counseling, legal and courts, individuals who work in restorative practices, or anyone who could benefit by learning conflict management skills in these rich, interactive sessions. Individuals seeking to expand or improve their abilities to engage conflict constructively will find value in these trainings.

The Summer Institute represents a great networking opportunity for working professionals in the field of conflict management and offers a great opportunity to receive continued education or CLE credits.

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Participants will be responsible for booking their hotel stay during the Summer Institute for June 17 to June 20, 2019 using Kennesaw State University's discounted rate. Discount applies to availability of rooms at time of registration.                                        

Location: Savannah, GA. Hotel TBD

Date & Time:
June 17 - June 21, 2019

Workshop Summaries

The Summer Institute will have a choice of 3 different workshops taught by conflict management experts. The workshops include 28-Hour General Mediation Training, Restorative Justice Practices taught by Dr. Susan Raines, and Ombuds Workshops taught by Dr. Timothy Hedeen.

28-Hour General Mediation and Practicum

The first 28 hours of mediation training focuses on an understanding of the mediation process, communication skills, problem-solving skills, agreement writing, and mediation ethics. Mediation skills are taught in a highly interactive format through short lecture, group discussion, focused exercises, and coached role-play. The training is designed to prepare the participant for mediation in civil cases. In addition, this intense four-day experience is designed to hone life skills that can enhance the participant’s ability to interact effectively with others. The training provides an understanding of the theory behind conflict while developing an effective skillset in resolving conflict.

The training meets general mediation training requirements for registration with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GODR). In addition, the training is approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours (28 regular, 3 ethics, and 1 professionalism).

Participants who complete this training will demonstrate the knowledge and skillset of the mediation process. The importance of confidentiality, understanding the ethics, regulations, practices and policies of mediation and the recognition of diversity issues in mediation.

Who should take this course?

  • Individuals interested in working on court cases.
  • Individuals interested in being registered neutrals with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
  • Individuals desiring a clear and concise understanding of communication, and resolving conflicts.
  • Individuals who have taken general mediation training, but need to add the practicum.

Restorative Jucstice Practices

Taught by Dr. Susan Raines, Associate Director of the Schoole of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Experience a thorough introduction to restorative practices concepts during this cornerstone event. The aim of restorative practices is to develop community and manage conflict and tension by repairing harm and restoring relationships. Attendees will receive copies of the Restorative Practices Handbook an- Restorative Circles in Schools.

Introduction to Restorative Practices - Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships.

Who should take this course?

  • Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Administrators
  • School Social Workers
  • Youth Serving Organizations
  • School Resource Officers

Ombuds Workshops 

Taught by Dr. Timothy Hedeen, Ombudsman and Professor in Conflict ManagementWorkshop



Schedule and Pricing (Monday-Friday)


Training/Workshop Trainer Cost Dates
28-Hour General Mediation Training TBD TBD June 17-20, 2019
Restorative Justice Practices Dr. Susan Raines TBD June 17-20, 2019
Ombuds Workshops Dr. Timothy Hedeen   June 19-21, 2019

Hotel Reservations

Participants will be responsible for booking their hotel stay during the Summer Institute for June 16 to June 20, 2019 using Kennesaw State University's discounted rate.

Last Day to Register is May 15, 2019

Registration Link Coming Soon

Contact Information:
Ellen Lahtinen / email: / Phone: (470) 578-6115