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Institute for Conflict Management

Know what to do when conflict arises.

A part of the College of Leadership and Public Service, the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management assembles the best thinkers from a wide range of fields—law, business, sociology—to examine why conflicts arise and develops and teaches skills based on best practices in this important area of public life.


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Graduate Programs in Conflict Management

Gain a core understanding of the principles of conflict management through coursework. Then apply your knowledge to real-world situations, mastering skills through internships, externships and research projects. Our flexible setting and ready-to-use skills make our program unique and offer you the ability to solve complex conflicts, even while you are gaining course credit.

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Special Programs


Southeastern Conference on Conflict Management

This spring conference calls upon the leading practitioners and professors of conflict management across North America. During the one-day seminar, lawyers, judges, mediators, conflict professionals, public officials, and students meet to discuss and learn the latest innovations in the field. An essential destination for any conflict professional in the Southeast, participants make lasting connections with leading influencers in the academy.

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Rule 31 Mediation Training

Mediation is an informal process where a mediator helps people with a dispute to reach agreement. The mediation process identifies important issues, clarifies misunderstandings, explores solutions, and negotiates settlement. We host five mediation trainings annually, including general civil mediation and family mediation, and we are in full compliance with Rule 31 TN State listing. Our mediation trainings happen over the course of two weekends so as to not interrupt a typical work week.

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10.10.2020 LIVE ZOOM - Panel Discussion on "How to have Critical Conversations in Difficult Times

Title: How to Have Critical Conversations in Difficult Times

When: September 10, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Host: Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management


Tracy Allen


Hon. George H. Brown, Jr.

Dr. Phyllis Hildreth

Eric Galton

What you will learn:

How to enter into our most sensitive topics today: race, politics, equity, and how we reconcile our past with the needs of the future,
How to de-escalate yourself and others in order to advance the conversation,
How to ask powerful, provocative questions to discover the interests underlying the positions of your conversation partner,
What to do when you are unsure of your position in relation to your partner’s questions,
And much, much more.
REGISTER: Online Via Zoom at this link: