In the foundation training for mediators, the focus is naturally on core skills and process management. The idea of creativity is ever present  in the foundation training and the opportunity for creative solutions is one of mediation’s great advantages.  However, newly accredited mediators need to develop the skills and experience to be able to generate creative solutions and that is more art than science or theory.

In this series of advanced skills courses, creativity is a central theme. The skills and practices used by artists, musicians, actors,

photographers and other creative disciplines are reframed for mediators, senior managers and professionals who want to take their interpersonal and negotiation skills to the next level.

Join us for what we promise will be a very stimulating series of professional development courses and an opportunity for you to reflect and learn from your own experiences with the help of seasoned professionals.

Book 6 courses and pay for 5. Use Code BK62022 when you check out.

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Mediation: Inclusion and Neurodiversity

One of the reasons why mediation works so well is that it is a process and not a procedure and we can adjust the process to meet the needs of the parties.

In this two-hour webinar, you will learn the skills and strategies for designing a process which meets the needs of neurodivergent parties.

At the end of this short course, you will

  • understand what might need to change and how that can be achieved.
  • understand what builds trust and what might break it.
  • have approaches which will support the inclusion of neurodiverse people.

Date: 27 October 2022

Course Programme

17:00 – 18:00 Teaching and exercises
18:00 – 18:10 Break
18:10 – 19:00 Questions and examples from the audience

Chatham House Rule applies.

Leading the Conversation
Leading the Conversation

This course is suitable for HR professionals, senior managers, project managers and anyone who chairs meetings.

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Leading the Conversation

One of the great advantages of mediation is that it can deal with complex issues in a much shorter time than the courts can: hours rather days or weeks. In this two-hour webinar, you will learn skills and strategies for

  • planning an important conversation
  • leading a conversation that increases mutual understanding
  • achieving an effective balance between speaking and listening
  • meeting the needs of those who want more structure
  • managing people who take over the conversation
  • understanding adaptors, illustrators and other forms of non-verbal communication

You will also have the opportunity to share examples of times when things went well and not so well.

Date: 10 November 2022

Course Programme

17:00 – 18:00 Teaching and exercises
18:00 – 18:10 Break
18:10 – 19:00 Questions and examples from the audience

Chatham House Rule applies.

Art of Negotiation for Mediators

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The Art of Negotiation

Mediators generate negotiation between the parties. That requires particular skills and approaches which are more nuanced than negotiating directly. Very few mediators get the chance to refine their skills outside the mediation room.

This short course will give you a chance to take risks, learn new skills and how they work and practice with real life examples. It will also give you a better understanding of risk assessment and ‘reality testing’.

Date: 17 November 2022

Course Programme

17:00 – 18:00 Teaching and exercises
18:00 – 18:10 Break
18:10 – 19:00 Questions and examples from the audience

Chatham House Rule applies.

Mediation is Like Photography

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Mediation is Like Photography

In this two-hour webinar, you will learn strategies and approaches to up-skill your mediation practice, including

  • preparation of self and the parties
  • bringing focus to what matters
  • how to edit and reframe information
  • language and metaphor

This course will help you improve your information-gathering skills to help the parties generate options and choices.

Date: 24 November 2022

Course Programme

17:00 – 18:00 Teaching and exercises
18:00 – 18:10 Break
18:10 – 19:00 Questions and examples from the audience

Chatham House Rule applies.

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The Art of Mediating Online

There are particular skills for mediating online. These skills go a long way in rebalancing the absence of in-person engagement and they can improve your effectiveness for in-person mediation as well.

In this course, you will learn approaches for

    • preparing effectively for online mediation
    • making sense of body language from the shoulders up
    • adjusting your own body language
    • managing energy
    • sharing documents
    • dealing with questions about the security and privacy of the online process.

Date: 8 December 2022

Course Programme

17:00 – 18:00 Teaching and exercises
18:00 – 18:10 Break
18:10 – 19:00 Questions and examples from the audience

Chatham House Rule applies.

Improvising in Mediation

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Improvisation for Mediators

An exceptional jazz musician regularly practises scales and arpeggios which makes it possible to improvise in the moment. Mediators must do the same so they can deal with any situation that arises with confidence and natural authority.

In this short course, you will learn the art of improvisation from experienced mediators and how the skills can improve your effectiveness.

Date: 15 December 2022

Course Programme:

17:00 – 18:00 Teaching and exercises
18:00 – 18:10 Break
18:10 – 19:00 Questions and examples from the audience

Chatham House Rule applies.

Trees with Sunlight

Mediator Recharge, Reboot and Renew

Start the New Year with this booster programme!

Our work is about helping others to make good decisions. Sometimes the route to a good decision is paved with strong emotions, fear, aggression and sadness. Our commitment to confidentiality and the isolated nature of our work can make it difficult to process the after-effects of mediations which may touch on feelings that we have ourselves.

In this two-hour webinar, you will learn the signs, skills and strategies for building the capacity to manage the effects of mediating cases where strong emotions and very difficult situations have taken their toll.

At the end of this short course, you will

      • be able to spot the signs that you need to pay attention to your own well-being.
      • find strategies for recharging and rebooting your ‘hardware’ and ‘software’.
      • find strategies for managing cases which might trigger your own experiences.

    Date: 4 January 2023

    Course Programme

    17:00 – 18:00 Teaching and exercises
    18:00 – 18:10 Break
    18:10 – 19:00 Questions and examples from the audience

    Chatham House Rule applies.

Improvising in Mediation

One to One Coaching

This course comprises 10 hours of coaching sessions. Each session is 2 hours and scheduled at two-week intervals.

We offer personal conflict coaching to support you with a specific work or relationship breakdown.

5 x two-hour sessions spaced over two and a half or three months. During the sessions, you will

  • understand the issues which underpin the conflict
  • learn approaches for de-escalating conflict
  • learn how to re-set, re-boot and re-engage

We focus on developing strategies and approaches to support you in dealing with a conflict or relationship at work or in your personal life.

We offer a 30-minute introductory session to allow you to understand the process and how we might work together. There is a nominal charge for that session of £50 plus VAT which will be deducted from your invoice should you decide to proceed with the full programme.

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