Conflicts are inevitable in all interdependent relationships. The differences that make us unique individuals are also potential causes of conflicts. Even the teeth and the tongue, in their age-long symbiotic relationship, conflict sometimes. Conflict management competency then becomes requisite for ALL who have need to interact with others. Some take their disputes to court, but litigation is very formal, technical and inflexible and is best suited for criminal, constitutional and other “Rights Based” issues. For interpersonal and commercial conflicts, the process adversely affects personal and business relationships, leaving the parties exhausted, embittered and often impoverished.
Alternatives that will supplement litigation must therefore be sought as a matter of urgency for civil and commercial cases. Even in some criminal cases, the concepts of ‘Victim-Offender’, ‘Plea-bargaining’ and ‘Restorative Justice’ are increasingly gaining grounds. Further, modern contracts now contain Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Clauses – making it pertinent for ALL dispute resolution stakeholders to acquire relevant and requisite skills in these processes.
Mediation is one of the major ADR mechanisms for the effective administration of justice and for promoting peace and harmonious coexistence at home, at work and in the society at large. Mediation skills are life-skills for building and sustaining relationships. There is therefore compelling need for administrators, leaders, directors, public relations officers, lawyers and other judicial officers and indeed EVERYBODY to acquire Mediation skills – good communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills for lubricating relational motion, for managing differences and for enhanced team work and increased productivity.
This training brochure comprise courses that will provide participants with deep knowledge and understanding of human nature, requisite skills for managing own conflicts and assisting disputing parties in an assured, confident and professional manner. Each course is a rich blend of legal and therapeutic disciplines – creating an inspiring learning experience. The International courses especially provide a global perspective on conflict management, ADR and a good net-working platform for global affirmative action and relevance.
Mediation Training Institute (MTI-Nigeria) is registered in Nigeria (RC 653923) to provide requisite Certification training in Conflict Management, Mediation Skills and Leadership. It also provides Mediation and Consultancy services for individuals, corporate bodies and the government. It trains prospective candidates, develops best practices and standards in the field and encourages organizations and institutions to adopt Mediation as primary mechanism for addressing inter and intra – institutional disputes. With headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, MTI-Nigeria organizes and runs both local and international training programmes.
To create a New African Order, where Peace and Harmonious Coexistence will thrive; where divisive national frontiers, the burden of military spending and man’s stolid inhumanity to man will be things of the past. An African Order where Peace and Justice along with Good-Governance would be promoted as the panacea for Peace, Justice, Stability, Growth and Sustainable Development.
To provide requisite skills and resources for managing differences, for promoting peace and harmonious coexistence at home, at work and in the society at large through conflict management and mediation skills training and the promotion of mediation and other non-adversarial methods of dispute resolution in private and public sector practice; establishment of Multi-Door Courthouses and Mediation Centres – thereby enhancing team-work and increased productivity in organizations and ensuring efficacy in our justice delivery system.