This virtual course is aimed at candidates who wish to become CIArb Members and Accredited Mediators. It is also of benefit to those who wish to use mediation skills in their current profession. The course comprises of 2 half days of skills based training a week for 7 weeks, delivered by experienced, practicing mediators. The assessments take place in week 8. Mediation has been shown to be an effective method of solving complex disputes outside of court. The process engages skills that can have a positive impact on personal relationships. The key questions addressed during this course are:
• What is conflict and why does it arise?
• What does a mediator do and how does it differ from other forms of ADR?
• What core skills does a mediator have?
• What are the main mediation strategies?
Context Learning Outcomes
- Have an interdisciplinary and practical understanding of what causes conflict and the effects of conflict;
- Appreciate the differences between a variety of different dispute resolution methods, including those that do and do not involve formal intervention;
- Comprehend the underlying principles of mediation and how it differs from other forms of dispute resolution;
- Appreciate different types of mediation, including commercial and family, the different strategies involved with them and the different means through which they can occur, including through court intervention.
Professional Learning Outcomes:
- Recognise the most advantageous attitudes that a mediator can adopt depending on the progress of a mediation;
- Comprehend the main ethical and professional principles that apply to mediators;
- Understand the importance of vulnerability, diversity, inclusivity, equality and recognition within a mediation setting.
Management Learning Outcomes:
- Appreciate the difference between virtual and physical mediation spaces;
- Learn the skill of using and adapting language and other forms of communication, including emotion and body, to ensure a positive outcome;
- Learn how to assess and adjust to the environment (virtual/physical), people and situations;
- Appreciate the skill of creating a conducive and effective environment for mediations;
- Ascertain how to assess evidence and other forms of information to conduct mediations effectively;
- Become skilled at applying conflict and mediation theory in different contexts;
- Gain knowledge of different types of questioning techniques;
- Learn how to manage people and power imbalances in the mediation setting;
- Identify and minimise the different types of risk that rise in a mediation, including vulnerability;
- Learn how to be strategic, reflective and methodical in achieving a satisfactory result in the mediation.
Development Learning Outcomes
- Learn how to business develop as a mediator
- Learn the advantages of continuous professional development
- Learn how to network and become part of a community of mediation
- Learn, develop and implement relevant systems of continuous improvement
What are the entry requirements?
There are no entry requirements. The course is intended for candidates who:
- are new to the field of Mediation;
- wish to learn more about Mediation and its benefits to users;
- are aspiring to be a Mediator or a conflict resolution professional;
- are arbitrators looking to broaden their ADR service offering;
- wish to become a Member of the CIArb;
- wish to become a CIArb Accredited Mediator.
- English Language Competence - CIArb training and assessment is carried out in English it is therefore essential that candidates are proficient in both written and spoken English. Where English is not a candidate’s first language, it is recommended that they have achieved a standard that is, as a minimum, equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7 or a score of 94-101 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) system. CIArb issues this advice as a guideline and, while it will not require any evidence of this standard prior to enrolment on a course, candidates who do not have this standard of English may be disadvantaged.
What happens when I register for the course?
Upon successful registration on the course, candidates will receive confirmation they are booked on the course. Joining instructions and course materials will be sent to candidates approximately 2 weeks before the course start date by email. Candidates will be provided with an electronic copy of the materials to assist them with their studies.