How to become a mediator

There are several elements of becoming a mediator

Training

A person wishing to become a mediator should seek details of available training programs. CRS periodically offers Accredited Mediator Training.

Accreditation

A person who has completed an appropriate training course can apply for accreditation as a mediator through an RMAB.

Panel Membership

Once accredited, a mediator can then seek employment with mediation providers. In CRS’ case, when there are vacancies on its mediation panel applicants can seek one of those places.

Upgrading your skills

Mediators are expected to complete a minimum amount of training/professional development each year to maintain their accreditation. CRS offers a program throughout the year to assist mediators to upgrade their skills, through supervision sessions with experienced mediators, and through exploring subject matter on topics of current importance. Some examples in the recent past have been – mediation theory and practice today, workplace conferencing, family law mediation, domestic violence, solution-oriented questioning, power balancing in mediation, and ethics and codes of conduct.

Mediators can also upgrade their skills through participation in courses run by other organisations. CRS is willing to accept evidence of such involvement when assessing the ongoing professional development of mediators on its panel. Usually in December each year mediators are expected to undertake individually and in a group a reflection on their practice.

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