Division of Continuing Education (DCE) - Atkinson
107 Atkinson Building; Telephone: 416-736-5616; Fax: 416-650-8042
Non-Credit, Non-Degree Programs 2004-2005
The Division of Continuing Education continually introduces new courses and certificates. To receive further information on new offerings and continuing programs please contact our office (107 Atkinson Building), e-mail: DCE@yorku.ca or visit our Web site: http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/.
Certificate Programs (Non-degree credit)
Certificate in Dispute Resolution
Co-sponsored with the School of Social Work, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies and La Marsh Research Centre on Violence and Conflict Resolution, York University.
This 132-hour certificate program is designed to provide educational and practical skills training to those interested in acquiring knowledge in the growing field of dispute resolution. The program provides core competencies in dispute resolution for those wishing to bring new skills to their existing jobs, and is the first step leading to professional accreditation as a mediator. The program integrates dispute resolution theory and practical skill development opportunities. Successful completion of the certificate program will satisfy the education component of the membership requirements of the ADR Institute of Ontario and the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC). (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Certificates/Disputefolder/Dispute1.html)
Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution
Co-sponsored with the School of Social Work, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies and La Marsh Research Centre on Violence and Conflict Resolution, York University.
The non-degree credit Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution consists of 87 hours of classroom instruction, dispute resolution observation and supervised mediation practice. The program will present participants with a structured and supervised opportunity to apply the theories of dispute resolution "in-the-field". The program explores theoretical constructs of conflict, conflict escalation, and modes of dispute resolution; exposure to and critical analysis of best practices in dispute resolution; skill development opportunities; and development of a model for continued self-education in professional practice in dispute resolution. The program is designed for graduates of the division's Certificate in Dispute Resolution Program and other eligible practitioners who are interested in pursuing advanced-level education and training in the field of dispute resolution practice, so that they can confidently and skilfully offer mediation services to the public, in a variety of settings. The program provides students with a direct link to accreditation and the acquisition of professional designation and membership in dispute resolution associations. Successful completion of the Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution will give graduates the educational component needed to apply for the Chartered Mediator (C.Med) designation granted by the ADR Institute of Canada (for more information please check the ADR Institute of Ontario Web site at http://www.adrontario.ca). (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Certificates/ADispute/ADisp1.html)
Certificate in Dispute Resolution Internship
These optional, 100-hour internships are available to graduates of the Certificate in Dispute Resolution Program who are interested in practising their newly-acquired skills under the supervision of experienced dispute resolution professionals. Internships are available in four areas of dispute resolution practice: community mediation, family mediation, organizational dispute resolution and bilingual mediation. Interns develop individualized learning plans, in collaboration with the internship provider, which determine the range of activities and specific outcomes for their internship. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Certificates/CDRIntern/Intern1.html)
Certificate in Dual Diagnosis
Co-sponsored with the School of Social Work, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies.
This 91-hour non-credit certificate program is directed to managers, supervisors, and front-line practitioners working with clients with a dual diagnosis (i.e. developmental delay and mental health issues). It is designed to assist participants to develop networks of partnership and collaboration to provide holistic, client-specific plans of care, predicated on respect, empowerment and choice, which optimize the quality of life of the individual. Participants will have the opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge into the development/refinement of client assessment and intervention skills. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Certificates/DualDiag/Dual1.html)
Certificate in Infant Mental Health
Co-sponsored with the Infant Mental Health Promotion Project and the Ontario Association for Infant Development.
This 120-hour non-credit certificate program is designed to provide front-line service providers with essential knowledge and practical skills to encourage positive parent-infant interactions and promote optimal developmental progress in infants. The program is directed to those interested in working effectively in the field of infant development, prevention and/or early intervention including work with infants with special needs, and infants living in high-risk environments. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Certificates/IMH/IMP.html)
Certificate in Interactive Marketing and Online Advertising
The 99-hour non-credit certificate program consists of an introductory session and followed by four courses leading to a Certificate in Interactive Marketing and Online Advertising. This applied, skills-based program will provide participants with essential knowledge to fully understand the increasingly important role of interactive marketing and online advertising strategies to reach potential markets in today's global economy, and practical skills to leverage interactive media and online strategies to achieve business goals.
Upon completion of the program, participants will have demonstrated their understanding of interactive marketing and online advertising strategies, planning, and processes, and skills necessary to develop an effective online and interactive marketing plan. (http://www.iabcourse.yorku.ca)
Professional Development Courses
Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations
This 24 hour non-credit course is designed to assist staff and volunteers of non-profits to prepare a fundraising plan for their organization and to become familiar with a range of strategies and tools to be put to immediate use to successfully face the realities of today's financial climate. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/Fundraising/Fund1.html)
Harm Reduction - Theory, Policy and Practice
Co-sponsored with the School of Social Work, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies and Field Development, Faculty of Education, York University
This 24 hour non-credit course is designed to introduce service providers, administrators and policy makers to the basic principles, philosophy and application of harm reduction. Harm reduction is a term that refers to a specific set of approaches and corresponding policies that underlie those approaches to reduce risks for people who use drugs and/or engage in behaviours that put them "at risk". Increasingly harm reduction is deemed to be a realistic, pragmatic, humane and successful approach to addressing drug problems and other self destructive behaviours of individuals and communities. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/harmreduction/)
Professional Development Courses/Workshops in Dispute Resolution
This professional development series is designed to assist mediators and other practitioners to develop and refine their skills within specialized areas of practice and management. The series will explore three key areas of specialization: Dispute Resolution in the Workplace; Building a Successful Mediation Practice and Family Mediation.
Introduction to Dispute Resolution in the Workplace
The workplace constitutes a complex and fascinating area of study for HR managers, supervisors and other practitioners, and for students of dispute resolution. In the workplace, the broadest range of disputes arise such as daily inter-personal conflicts, important issues of workplace regulation, efficiency, productivity, safety, and issues of human rights. In this 18-hour non-credit workshop, participants will explore the dispute resolution options that are available within the workplace, in the context of relevant statutes and laws. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/ProDev_DR/ProDevDRDesc.html)
Labour Relations: Options for Dispute Resolution
As a matter of law, every collective agreement in Ontario must contain an arbitration provision. This ensures a timely hearing of grievance arbitrations and provides a predictable pathway to grievance resolution. This intensive, interactive 18-hour non-credit workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to take a careful look at grievance arbitration, examine its process, and its alternatives. For greatest impact and relevance, fact situations used in the workshop will be based on the participants' actual workplace experiences and relevant arbitration awards. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/ProDev_DR/ProDevDRDesc.html)
Managing Harassment in the Workplace
In every organization, interpersonal conflicts may result in complaints of harassment. This 18-hour non-credit workshop discusses positive workplace culture and reviews the processes and procedures for managing harassment complaints in the organizational setting. It provides a complete system for managers to deal effectively with complaints and their resolution. This workshop will provide the information to ensure that your organization is in compliance with the required processes for dealing with harassment and as a result provide employees with a positive work environment. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/ProDev_DR/ProDevDRDesc.html)
Building a Successful Mediation Practice
To establish and maintain a successful mediation practice practitioners must have business know-how, marketing skills and administrative expertise. This 39-hour non-credit course will help dispute resolution practitioners develop these skills, design the kind of practice they want, attract a desirable clientele, and lead their business in profitable new directions. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/ProDev_DR/ProDevDRDesc.html)
Introduction to Family Mediation
This 39-hour non-credit course will explore major issues in family mediation including custody and access; custodial designation; expectations of referral sources, clients and mediators; screening for appropriateness of mediation; interim arrangements; property and support; asset evaluation and distribution; and termination. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/ProDev_DR/ProDevDRDesc.html)
Advanced Family Mediation Skills Training
This 21-hour non-degree workshop will enable participants to move to a more advanced level when dealing with complex financial and child-related cases in family mediation.
Participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills with a coach/student ratio of 1:5, along with receiving videotaped feedback on their role-play(s). The course utilizes the performance-based training model, in which the role-play becomes the learning forum, rather than an extension of the lecture. There will be demonstrations by the instructor during the workshop. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/ProDev_DR/ProDevDRDesc.html)
Assessing and Screening for Domestic Violence
Research suggests that power and control issues that underlie domestic violence may heighten during separation/divorce proceedings and child custody disputes. Mediators and other professionals who work with families involved in divorce proceedings need to be concerned about domestic violence. This 21-hour non-degree credit workshop will assist mediators and other practitioners to develop theoretical knowledge and practise skills in recognizing domestic violence and determining whether and under what conditions divorce mediation is appropriate.
This workshop is also designed to meet the Domestic Violence Training requirements set by the OAFM and FMC for their members. OAFM requires that all mediators who are seeking certification have a minimum of 15 hours of domestic violence education/training. FMC requires that their members receive 21 hours of similar training. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/ProDev_DR/ProDevDRDesc.html)
Family Mediator Certification Preparation
This 21-hour non-credit workshop will provide participants with a review of the family mediation literature and field of practice, an understanding of the correlation between the literature and the credential examination offered through Family Mediation Canada (FMC), and examination requirements and exam writing strategies. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/ProDev_DR/ProDevDRDesc.html)
The Changing Face of Grief: Time, Trauma and Transformation
Co-sponsored with the Department of Psychology, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies
As children and adults confront death, grief and trauma, they work not only to adjust emotionally but also to regenerate a sense of self and to reconstruct their world. This public forum and two-day professional development workshop will provide a unique opportunity for psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, nurses, social workers, therapists, hospice workers, funeral directors and others to gain insight into the changing face of grief and process of transformation after loss. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/Grief/Grief1.html)
Women Abuse Series Seminars
These half- and full-day seminars focus on a number of key issues and practice challenges that front-line workers face in their work with survivors of woman abuse. The series is directed to a range of front-line workers, including counsellors, support workers, women's advocates, crisis line workers, shelter workers, health practitioners, child care workers, and others who come into contact/work with women who have experienced violence in an intimate relationship. The program will also be of interest to students currently enrolled in a related degree or diploma program. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/Professional/WAbuse/WASem1.html)
University Preparation - Admission Credential Courses
CEPP910 Humanities: Aspects of Canadian Culture
CEPS3910 Social Science: Canadian Social Issues
These non-credit admission credential courses are offered over 14 evenings and are designed for people who intend to apply as mature students to York University for degree-credit study in the Faculty of Arts, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Environmental Studies, or Glendon College. Students who earn a minimum grade of B or better in the pre-University course, will be considered for admission to York University.
To be considered as a mature student, student should: be 21 years of age or older as of the first day of enrolment for the expected undergraduate program; have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years; have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college; not have any recent unfavourable academic performance. For greater detail please refer to the York University Office of Admissions at 416-736-5000. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/PreU/Admis.html)
Preparatory Course for AK/MATH 1710 6.00
CEPM3910 Mathematics: Elementary Mathematics
This non-credit course is offered over 26 evenings and is designed to upgrade students' skills in elementary mathematics. It is useful for students who have been away from mathematics for some time and are in need of a refresher course. Topics to be covered include beginning skills in algebra, analytic geometry, Euclidean geometry, and equation solving, as well as an introduction to trigonometry.
Students already admitted to Atkinson who earn a grade of B or better in this course will gain automatic entrance to AK/MATH 1710 6.00 and will be exempt from taking the preliminary test. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/PreU/Math/MatP.html)
University 100 Course
Co-sponsored with the Atkinson Counselling Centre and the Office of Student and Academic Services.
This 24 hour non-credit course has been specifically designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to attain academic success at York University. U100 has been developed to meet the specific needs of students new to Atkinson, as well as the needs of Atkinson students who are experiencing academic difficulty. This course will assist participants to understand their specific learning styles and to develop requisite skills for academic success. The eight sessions have been scheduled to provide support to the participants throughout the semester, and to provide ongoing feedback of their actual classroom experience. (http://www.atkinson.yorku.ca/~dce/Programs/PreU/Uni100/Uni1.html)
Preparatory Programs for Professional Association Examinations
Flight Dispatcher Program
A flight dispatcher plays a pivotal role in the aviation industry in Canada. As an employee of an airline, the flight dispatcher has overall responsibility for flight planning and air safety. With few and very limited exceptions, aircraft belonging to an airline, carrying passengers and operating from a Canadian airport may not depart without the consent of the flight dispatcher. All flight dispatchers must have passed the generic Transport Canada Flight Dispatcher Examination before being permitted to work in flight dispatch.
This intensive, non-degree credit course was designed to assist flight dispatch candidates to prepare for the Transport Canada Certificate Examination.