Advanced Mediation Course
This advanced mediation course combines ADR theory with practical application through interactive, skills-based instruction in mediation and negotiation strategies.
(5 days: 50 hours)
Prerequisites include a basic mediation course, pre-reading assignments, and a pre-attendance theoretical test. A role-play assessment of the participants will be conducted by expert assessors.
For the initial written test, the candidate is assessed on mediation theory including;
- Dispute settlement paradigms and techniques
- Negotiation theory
- Court processes
- Conflict resolution concepts
- Mediation processes and techniques
- Standards of conduct
- Ethical issues for mediators
This course will further enhance a mediator’s skill set and their understanding and ability to negotiate and assist others in the resolution of their conflicts. This course will provide advanced learning and practice in the art of mediation. We will discuss dealing with emotions, intense negotiations, multiple bargaining styles, establishing goals in mediations, keeping the mediation focussed as well as;
- Advanced dispute settlement paradigms and techniques
- Advanced negotiation skills
- Advanced mediation processes and techniques
- Advanced communication skills
- Theories for identifying areas of agreement between the parties
- Diversity issues
Training includes practical role plays in all aspects of negotiation and mediation.
Participants & Methodology
Upon conclusion of the training, participants will be assessed on the following in their role-plays;
- Overall skills and abilities: Keeping parties focused, assisting parties identify Interests. Use of pre-mediation and caucus. Consideration of the needs of others. Inclusion. Demonstrated understanding of the positions, issues and interests of the parties and ability to assist parties move through the stages of mediation.
- Communication: Use of empathy, reframing, reflection, questioning skills, active listening, use of learned ADR skills.
- Transparency: Identification of and disclosure of any real or potential conflicts of interests or bias. Consistently remaining impartial.
- Pursuing collaboration: Pursuit of collaborative options and solutions, assisting in the generation of ideas. Identification of hidden interests.
- Generating Agreements: Effectiveness in moving the parties toward finality and ‘closing’ an agreement at the appropriate interval.
- Managing the Interaction: Effective strategy development, managing the process, coping with conflicts at the mediation table. Comfort level with difficult questions.
For corporate rates (5 people or more) contact Kevin@mediationinternational.eu.
About the Trainer
Kevin Brown has over 20 years of international experience as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specialist, both as a practitioner/trainer and as an academic theorist. He is currently providing his services on the Roster of Experts with United Nations (UNDP)
He has gained valuable experience mediating conflicts in a wide variety of contexts, including posts within the non-profit, government, workplace, family, courts, and private sectors. His background includes earning a Masters degree in International Conflict Analysis and Management with Royal Roads University, Canada; designing ADR training programs for the Canadian government; facilitating over 4,000 hours of ADR training programs and significant experience in project leadership. In addition, Kevin has worked in negotiation and leadership support with international conflicts in Spain, Thailand, Rwanda, Georgia, Germany, Romania and Canada, and has conducted Monitoring and Evaluation interventions, as well as developed ADR training programs for a G-20 Summit.