SOWK 554 - Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

  • 3 credits

Workplace mediation is an emerging specialty within the field of mediation. The high costs of workplace conflict are driving companies and regulatory agencies such as the EEOC to use mediation and other conflict resolution practices in the workplace. Building on theory and skills introduced in SOWK 551 this on-line or face-to-face course begins with an overview of workplace conflict and the costs involved for companies, application of mediation practice to the workplace environment, strategies to handle difficult workplace behavior, and a summary of informal and formal arbitration practices.

The course covers the process of planning workplace mediation within profit, non-profit, and governmental workplace settings and specifically addresses unique workplace mediation issues including civil rights, sexual harassment, and disability disputes. Special issues such as power and emotions along with cross-cultural and multi-party cases are also covered and the course concludes with a presentation of emerging concepts of appreciative inquiry and its application to workplace disputes.

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SOWK 551 (Core Mediation).

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Mediation in the Workplace: A Guide for Training, Practice, and Administration, 1st Ed. (2001)
    Weinstein. R.J.
    ISBN: 1-56720-336-1
  • The Conflict Resolution Toolbox: Models and Maps for Analyzing, Diagnosing, and Resolving Conflict, 1st Ed. (2005)
    Furlong, G.T.
    ISBN: 978-0470835173


Scott Woods

(970) 402-2561 |

Scott is director of programs with Colorado State University Division of Continuing Education. Prior to joining CSU, he served as a regional director of academic affairs, responsible for adjudicating over 5,000-student code of conduct cases on an annual basis. Scott’s background also includes serving as a mediator for the Maricopa County Superior Courts. Since 2010, Scott has served as volunteer with non-profit organizations serving Central America, in an effort to resolve natural resource and land conflicts.

Scott earned his Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. He also holds a MBA and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.