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Conflict Management Level 3 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Conflict Management course online. Learn strategies to manage conflict effectively. Age conflict can destroy relationships and lead to increased stress, or it can improve our relationships and give us a greater sense of control over ourselves and our environments. Explore the causes and effects of conflict. Learn how to manage it through effective communication, active listening, and problem solving. Develop your ability to use facilitation, negotiation or mediation in group situations to achieve win-win solutions.
This course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).
This course has been accredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a "Fully Qualified Practitioner" and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters "MCMA" after your name. CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.
This accredited Level 3 course is ideal at those working in, or wanting to work in:
- Marriage guidance
- Council positions
- Correctional services
- Personnel Departments
- Customer Service Industries
- and many more.......
Lesson Structure: Conflict Management BPS201
1 Conflict Management and Anger
- Conflict Handling Techniques: Conflict Handling Styles, Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Conflict Management Strategies
- Anger: Approaches to Anger, Anger Management, Anger Management Techniques, Strategies for Dealing with Anger in Yourself and Others
- Channels of Communication
- Listening: Stages of Listening, Obstacles to Listening, Empathic Listening, Ground Rules, More than Listening,Listeners in Control, Emotions, Separate People from the Problem, Traps for Listeners
- Negotiation: Definitions, The Establishment Group, The Community Group, Bargaining in Negotiations, Win-Win Bargaining/Integrative Bargaining, Being a Skilled Negotiator
- The Joint Problem Solving Approach: Characteristics of Effective Negotiating Behaviour, Writing a Brief, Guidelines for Negotiating, Negotiation Mistakes, Emotions, Dealing with Difficult People, Finding a Solution
- What is Mediation?
- When is Mediation called for?
- The Mediator's Responsibilities
- Mediation Process: Mediation Model 1, Mediation Model 2, Case Study - Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Facilitation: Preparing for a Facilitation Meeting
- Attributes of a good Facilitator: Stress, The Fight or Flight Response
- Symptons and Effects of Stress: Confidence in Conflict Management
- A Stress Management Response Program
6 Balance of Power
- Problems with Negotiation: Re-entry, Power Imbalance, Dealing with Power Imbalances, Verbal Bullying, Asking Questions, Information and Experience, Agenda Setting, Role-plays, Needs Exploration, Ending the Meeting
7 Discussion and Group Work
- Managing Group Conflict
- Group Conflict Management Exercises: Anger Exercises, Listening Exercises, Negotiation and Mediation Exercises, Joint Problem Solving Exercises, Role Play Exercises
- Conducting Structured Exercises in Small Groups: What to Avoid, Evaluation
- Crisis Analysis: Responses to crisis (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Behavioural), Guidelines for Approaching a Crisis Situation
- Interventions: Principles of Crisis Intervention, Goals of Crisis intervention, Crisis Intervention Techniques, Debriefing
Learning Goals: Conflict Management BPS201
- Describe the nature of human conflict and ways to manage it.
- Explain the importance of listening when dealing with conflict situations, and appreciate different listening techniques.
- Define negotiation and discuss the process of negotiation
- Define mediation and discuss the process of mediation
- Define facilitation and discuss the process of facilitation
- Discuss problems that may arise through negotiation, in particular, balance of power and its connotations
- Explain the importance of working in groups as a means of learning how to deal with group conflicts
- Explain ways of understanding and dealing with different types of crisis.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Different types of conflict handling styles
- Dealing with Anger
- Controlling listening and Traps for listeners
- Empathic listening
- Negotiation between community and establishment
- Practical suggestions for negotiation, breaking the rules, alternatives
- Responsibilities of a mediator, mediation processes, agreements, team work, settling behaviours
- Factors influencing the balance of power
- Role play
- Conducting structured experiences in small groups
Conflict is destructive when it:
- Diverts energy away from important work or other issues (consider, much scientific and social progress has been made during war times. This is not to say that war is good, but that conflict can encourage progressive thought and action)
- Destroys morale
- Polarises groups
- Deepens differences in values
- Produces violence
Conflict is constructive when it:
- Opens up and clarifies important issues and helps solve them
- Increases involvement of individuals in important issues
- Makes communication more authentic
- Releases pent-up emotion, stress or anxiety
- Helps build group cohesiveness
- Helps individual growth, provided there is reflection on the conflict
This course will provide you with a range of conflict management techniques. You will gain an understanding of conflict and how we can work to avoid conflict.Â Learn a wide variety of things, through a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research, practical tasks, etc. Develop your ability to manage conflict situations, as a counsellor, manager, supervisor, or simply a concerned person.
Excerpt from the Course
When groups negotiate, they will usually expect there to be some give and take. They may have related goals, that they cannot accomplish alone, but they usually do not want exactly the same thing. This interdependence can lead to a win-lose or win-win situation and the type of negotiations used will vary according to this.
The groups will either try to
- Force the other group into meeting their demands
- Modify their opposing positions
- Move towards a compromise
- Invent a solution that meets the objectives of all parties
Once negotiation has started, the attitude as well as the skill and experience of the negotiators will determine the particular success or failure of a session. In its crude form, negotiation can be seen as bargaining, sometimes even as a game.
One of the key causes of change is the mutual adjustment that can occur during a negotiation. Both parties will be aware that if they can influence the other party, then the other party can influence theirs. Effective negotiators will attempt to understand how people adjust and readjust their positions based on what the other group does or is expected to do. Parties may exchange information and try to influence each other. The process of making concessions and give and take is necessary for a settlement to be agreed upon. If one party is not willing to accept any proposals, there may be a breaking off of negotiations.
Conflict often arises between an "establishment" group (e.g. Municipal council, police or business management) and a "community" group (e.g. association of tenants, a workers’ association or parents’ committee). It also arises between two individuals where one or both parties wishing to tackle conflict issues. Negotiation is called for, sometimes urgently, but how can we start to arrange it? It is useful to begin by looking objectively at the nature of the two groups. Here are some of the main differences:
The Establishment Group
The Community Group
Often a single entity (church, government department)
Often a group of autonomous organisations. Membership fluid and not always clearly defined.
A permanent institution
Usually a temporary or ad-hoc grouping of organisations
Stability can fluctuate
Clearly defined structure
Usually clear lines of authority (Can move outside formal structure)
Unclear power structure; shifts of power not uncommon
Usually capable of quick action
Action may require lengthy consultation with membership. Extended internal negotiation may be required before decision making.
Primary concern is usually with substantive programs (e.g. implementation of specific laws or regulations)
Often perceives issues in terms of justice, fairness and other beliefs related to human rights
More power and resources
Less power and resources
The above comparisons provide a general background to the main problem, which is that of getting negotiation procedures started. It is also important to analyse the specific reasons why either or both parties are not willing or ready to come to the negotiating table in a specific situation. This will indicate the areas in which facilitative groundwork has to be done, either by members within the groups, or by third parties. Here are some of the reasons which may prevent constructive negotiation.
The Establishment Group
- Doesn't recognise the problem
- Doesn't recognise the seriousness of the problem
- Believes conditions will improve without negotiations
- Doesn't acknowledge the legitimacy of the protest group
- Doesn't trust the protest group
- Doesn't believe the protest group is representative of the community
- Doesn't believe the group can sustain the protest
- Lacks the political support necessary from its constituency to negotiate with this group at this time, on this issue
- Bad timing, overriding political concerns (imminent election contract renewal)
- Doesn't want to give up power or resources
- Would appear to be backing down if it agreed to negotiate
- Is bound by strong ideological background
The Community Group
- Needs time to build community support
- Needs protest activity to gain community support
- Needs time to heighten community awareness
- Hasn't finally decided on what is and what is not negotiable
- Internal dissension (power struggle for leadership
- Personal agendas of leaders (fear of losing jobs or losing elections)
- Doesn't trust the establishment
- Wants to go to court for legal precedent
- Would appear to be backing down if it agreed to negotiate
- Bound by strong ideological principles
EBook to Compliment this Course
An invaluable guide to the theories and practicalities of leadership – this fascinating in-depth guide helps to explain what makes a good leader and how the skill can be developed.
by the Staff of ACS
Leadership eBook course online. What makes a good leader? Is it an innate personality trait or a skill that can be aquired? This book is an excellent guide to the theories and practice of leadership. It is full of interesting facts about social dynamics and examples of leadership styles. For those who are curious or in need of some leadership skills, this book will provide both entertainment and advice.
Leadership is a two-way relationship and it is important to recognise this. If there are no followers, there is no leader. Leadership therefore involves the obedience and willingness of followers. Leadership is also based on good will and cooperation. Leadership can exist through force and threat, but a leader will not usually maintain this relationship for long. Leadership can also be specific to a certain situation.
There are differences between leadership and power.
Where leadership generally suggests that following the leader is optional, power suggests an ability to control or command others, where the person does not have the option to follow – they are either forced to follow, or are so overwhelmed by the power that they follow without thinking. When we think of historical leaders, we generally think of people that inspired others to greatness, such as Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi. If we think of people in history with a lot of power, we think of political dictators, or people such as Adolf Hitler, who had control over people without them necessarily having a choice. Power, of course, does not have to be a bad thing. In combination with high integrity, a leader with power can create the extraordinary.
In the home environment, the difference between power and leadership can be demonstrated in a different way - a baby has the power to change the behaviour of his/her parents, but this influence is not the same as leadership in the family.
Is there a specific personality that demonstrates that a person is a “great leader”? Whilst some personality traits lead to a natural inclination to be a leader, personality traits will not necessarily determine a person’s leadership aptitude.
A leader may also have other qualities such as superior tact, superior intelligence, superior strength, superior knowledge, superior oratory skills, or superior power. Some or all or none of these can lead to attaining leadership. These things may be important, but they are not necessarily essential. It is also the ability to set new goals and reach new expectations for themselves and for the group they influence.
CHAPTER 1 NATURE, SCOPE & SCALE OF MODERN LEADERSHIP
- What is leadership?
- The nature of leadership
- Leadership and group behaviour
- The roles of leaders
- Functions of leadership
- Leadership and motivation
CHAPTER 2 LEADERSHIP TOOLS
- Leadership training
- Personal skills
CHAPTER 3 LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS
- Modern contingency approach
- Leadership expectations
- Managing group values
CHAPTER 4 PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS
- Group dynamics
- Problem solving
- Case study
CHAPTER 5 RECENT HISTORY OF LEADERSHIP
- Leadership styles
- Situational factors
- Decision making
CHAPTER 6 CHOOSING A LEADER & LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- Leadership selection criteria
- Types of leaders
- How people become a leader
- Risk factors
- Leadership opportunities
CHAPTER 7 CASE STUDIES
- Specific cases
- The dark side of leadership
- World leaders
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice