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Advanced Mediation Training


Advanced Mediation Training

Advanced mediation training, although this is primarily aimed at the newly qualified mediator. It works just as well for any mediator whatever stage they are at in their mediation career. Even if they have undertaken mediation’s.

You have obtained your accreditation, possibly even done your observations, but have not mediated, or conducted only a few mediations. The role plays you conducted on your accredited mediation training would have only given you an insight of what it is really like to mediate.

In reality they would not have been more than ninety minutes. Or two separate one-hour sessions. Depending on which provider you trained with, the role plays would have varied from extremely basic and not realistic. To average, verging on difficult and possibly based on real life cases.

In my infinite wisdom I have created this advanced mediation training. Having mediated across all sectors for nearly 20 years. I have mediated every possible dispute imaginable. With the most pleasant of parties and solicitors, to the other end of the spectrum.

Whereby parties and or their solicitors have been extremely difficult. Some have been between highly educated, and intelligent individuals to those who are even illiterate. The CEO, high flying director, to the one-man builder in his van. Out of which I have picked my most memorable mediations. Recreated them, and thrown in the odd hurdle from what really happened on that particular case. Or something else I have experienced on another case.

Mock mediations, nothing new there?

You will be the mediator and conduct the mediation. Which will be completely different to the role plays you mediated on your training, for several reasons;

  1. The role plays are 100% based on genuine cases that I have mediated.
  2. Each role play is designed to last for up to 3 hours. Not the 60-90-minute ones you mediated on your training.
  3. The role plays are not basic, they are littered with obstacles, which you as the mediator must overcome. Alongside building rapport and leading the parties to a solution, where possible.
  4. They are purposely designed to trip you up.
  5. Some are designed not to settle, but will make you use every mediation skill you have been taught.
  6. The mediation will be from start to finish, to include pre mediation meetings, the mediation itself, and actually assisting to, (drawing) draw up an agreement, Consent / Tomlin Order.
  7. With COVID and the increase in use of mediation via Zoom, you will also have to manage the IT.
  8. Deal with any surprises such as unwanted guests, power cuts, loss of Wi-Fi connectivity, me popping in and causing havoc, and who knows what?

So, you think you can mediate? Prove it, why attend?

  1. Refresh your memory, how long has it actually been? When did you qualify, when did you last practice your opening statement? Can you even remember how to mediate? Attending will keep you sharp.
  2. Start building your mediation experience which you can include on your CV. For example, I have experience in X type of mediation’s.
  3. Get your CPD points. Rather than just observing a mediator conduct a mock mediation, conduct it yourself.
  4. See if you can really handle the pace, as it will be a 10-hour day, for which you mediate for 3 hours.

 How does it work?

1. Sign up, whereby you will be required from 9.00 – 19.00.

  • 9.00 – 12.00          You act as the mediator
  • 12.30 – 15.30        You act as a party for another mediator
  • 15.45 – 18.45        You act as another party for another mediator

The timings are tight, purely to replicate a real mediation, deliberately being a long day. Giving you little in breaks.

2.  As the mediator choose the type of case you wish to mediate. One in your specific field, or one you have no knowledge about at all. Which will take you completely out of your comfort zone.

3. Choose to have the papers, extremely detailed briefs, prior to your mediation, or opt to go in blind. Not have the papers at all. However, your parties will have their full briefs beforehand. All briefs are sent one week in advance.

4. As this is via the Zoom platform, it will be recorded, which you get a copy of. So, you can see exactly how you perform and come across. Giving you the opportunity to further improve.

5. Your mediation will be thoroughly marked by me. Although you just have a 3-hour slot, in reality it takes anywhere between 3 – 5 hours to mark one video. This is marked against an extensive criterion. Which will be sent to you one week in advance of your slot.

6. You will get a detailed report of what you did well, and what you need to improve on. I have trained and assessed hundreds of mediators since 2007 across the globe, namely the UK, Ireland, Greece, Dubai, Turkey and Kenya.

In 2007 I was invited, (admittance is usually by application) to sit on the global mediation faculty of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. From 2018 – 2020, I was the Head of Mediation Training for the ADR Group.

Your report will be sent to you within 2 weeks of undertaking your mock mediation which we would discuss over Zoom, at a time, date convenient to you if you wished to.