Mediation is a challenging but ultimately rewarding profession which requires the candidate to undergo a stringent training program. Many of the professionals in mediation have legal experience of some kind, and some may even practice the law (as solicitors, barristers or lawyers) side by side. This is because a deep and complete knowledge and understanding of the way the law works is a huge bonus for mediators. Their familiarity with how courts operate equips them to mediate with an expert’s knowledge of how a similar discussion would play out in court. However, legal training is not compulsory as every family mediator has to undergo a strict training regime with the Family Mediation Council which gives them a thorough grounding about all topics which would be relevant to family mediation as a career.
The whole professional is presided over by the Family Mediation Council, which is officially associated with state bodies like the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Services Commission. There are many different Family Mediation Council accredited bodies such as Family Mediator’s Association, ADR, The Law Society, The College of Mediators, Resolution and National Family Mediation which offer training programs for mediators. We, at Country Wide Mediation, also offer an accredited training module for people who want to get the necessary qualifications to become a mediator. Our program is well structured and designed to produce mediators who are highly professional and accomplished at mediating tense family discussions.
Family mediation, unlike many other types of mediation, is highly regulated. Professionals in this area are required to work to high standards of professionalism and expertise. To this end, a Professional Practice Consultant is assigned to every family mediator. They are the supervisor or mentor for the mediator, not just during the training but throughout their career. They work as a kind of support system for the mediator, offering assistance and advice as and when required; this is to make sure that they are able to provide highly professional and ethical services for all clients. They also ensure that the mediator works with the highest ethics and never crosses any professional or moral boundaries. This is very important as family mediators deal with touchy and sensitive issues which have to be handled with the utmost sympathy and delicacy. At the same time, the mediator has to maintain their neutrality.
Training for a mediator is on-going throughout their professional life. They have to constantly show that they are adhering to the highest standards of professionalism. They should also be up-to-date with any changes in legislation and law pertaining to family matters.
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