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The Center for Family Studies, established in 1979, was designed to stimulate and encourage the interdisciplinary study of the family. It serves both the University and the community by fostering collaboration between faculty, students, practitioners and community leaders on curriculum development, educational conferences and seminars, research and training, and public policy relevant to important family issues.

The Center's primary goal is to facilitate the growth and development of family strengths and to enhance the quality of family life. Families and their natural societal environments are interactive and interdependent. Each influences and impacts the other; each gives and receives resources and provides value orientations. Thus, it is imperative to assess these institutions separately and in concert in order to understand the reciprocal effects and to design methods for dealing effectively with the outcomes.


The Center for Family Studies offers trainings, interdisciplinary certificate programs, and seminars, as well as engaging in collaborative research projects.

The objectives of the Center are to identify and study the critical issues related to the family and the community and to encourage and disseminate information on appropriate interventions or preventative mechanisms. The Center meets these objectives through three major avenues: research, education, and public service.

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General Mediation 12-Hour Online Training             

Graduate & Law Students:

Class #31908 3760:697-502 (1 credit hour)

Undergraduate Students:

Class #31905 3760:485-502 (1 credit hour)

Dates & Times: August 2 & 3, 2022 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Divorce Mediation 40-Hour Online Training*

Graduate & Law Students:

Class # 31904 1800:601-501 (3 credit hours)

Undergraduate Students:

Class #31906 3760:485-503 (3 credit hours)

Dates & Times: August 5, 6, 8, 9, & 10 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Domestic Abuse and Mediation Online Training*

Graduate & Law Students:

Class #31909 3760:697:504 (2 credit hours)

Undergraduate Students:

Class # 31907 3760:485-504 (2 credit hours)

Dates & Times: August 12 & 13 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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