Mediation might be a good career path for you if you like to help people and can resolve conflict. Here's what you need to know.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which you help two or more parties resolve a dispute. Mediation is often agreed upon by all parties instead of going to court.
What are the benefits of mediation?
Mediation has many benefits, including:
- Faster than going through the court system
- Less expensive than litigation
- Can help parties develop a creative solution
- Can improve communication and relationships between parties
- Less adversarial than court
What are the basics of mediation?
There are four basic steps to mediation:
1. The mediator meets with the parties separately to assess each party's interests.
2. The mediator then meets with the parties together to help them develop a mutually agreeable solution.
3. If an agreement is reached, the mediator drafts a written agreement for the parties to sign.
4. If an agreement is not reached, the mediator may provide the parties with information about other options, such as arbitration or going to court.
What is a certified mediator?
A certified mediator is a professional trained to help resolve disputes. A certified mediator is not a licensed attorney, however.
What is the role of a certified mediator?
A certified mediator's role is to help parties reach a mutually agreeable solution to their dispute. The mediator does not make any decisions for the parties and does not provide legal advice.
How do you become a certified mediator?
Every state has different rules and regulations for becoming a mediator. However, most require mediation training with or without a certification exam upon completion. Additionally, many states require that a certified mediator is of good moral character and require a background check to ensure that you do not have any felony convictions.
In Minnesota, for example, mediation training with a sponsor is required for all potential mediators, which are appropriately called 'neutrals' in that state.
What do you learn in certified mediator training?
In certified mediator training, you will learn about the mediation process, including"
- How to be neutral
- How to assess each party's interests
- How to facilitate communication
- How to help parties reach a mutually agreeable solution
Additionally, you will also learn about different mediation styles and techniques.
Becoming a certified mediator can be a rewarding experience. You help to resolve disputes faster and hopefully more amicably than going to court, allowing people to move forward with their lives. For more information on certified mediator training, contact a professional near you.