Would you like to train to be a Mediator?

CAOS Conflict Management can help you, or your staff, to train to be a Mediator.

Next CAOS Mediation Skills Training Course:

Dates: Weds- Fri: 22nd - 24th April 2015 and 6th - 8th May 2015

Venue: Key House, 106, High Street, Yiewsley, Middlesex, UB7 7BQ

Call us on 020 3371 7507 to discuss the course or use the form below to register your interest.

Here is a video which gives detailed information about our training course:

The trainers that provide our mediation course have all had extensive experience in mediation in a range of different fields and are committed to taking the mystery and complexity out of the practice.

It can often seem that to be a mediator you need various different academic qualifications - you need to have a background in law, you need a psychology degree etc.

None of these are requirements to train to be a mediator.

In fact they can sometimes get in the way of effective practice as they can lead us to believe our role as a Mediator is to advise other people how they 'should solve' their conflict.

If we don't question that belief, it can negatively affect our mediation practice.

What is needed to become an effective mediator is a continuous commitment to self-reflection, development of self-awareness, a recognition of others' capacities to create their own answers to their difficulties and a willingness to acknowledge that we all, (including mediators!), struggle with unresolved conflict and communication breakdown and that they can be opportunities for learning and growth.

Mediation Accreditation?

Click Here to get the 'low down' on this ambiguous issue in the mediation world.

Alternatively, read this post on 'Mediation Accreditation - Red Herring, Rip Off or Real Sign of Quality?

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The CAOS approach to mediation training supports a particular approach to unresolved conflict.

Many approaches to unresolved conflict seek to suppress it.

At CAOS we are interested in supporting the creative and constructive expression of conflict.

Many approaches to unresolved conflict seek to avoid it.

At CAOS we are interested in supporting the creative and constructive engagement with conflict.

When you train to be a Mediator via the CAOS approach to mediation training, you will learn and practice the skills that provide that support.

And you will also be challenged on a personal level:

  • To look at how you perceive and respond to conflict.
  • To look at how you perceive and respond to others involved in unresolved conflict.
  • To look at the personal challenges involved in really walking the talk of what mediation is about

But to get started as a Mediator you need more than just to attend a training course.

Click here to find out about some of the potential pitfalls you may encounter in starting a career as a Mediator and click here to find out how CAOS Conflict Management can provide more than just a training course to help you with this.

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Some Testimonials about our training and links to other pages about our
Mediation Skills Training Course…..

"Alan provided excellent training for mediators at Common Ground Mediation which was challenging but also thoroughly enjoyable.

He led us through various interactive exercises to help us reflect on the mediator's role and impartiality. I would highly recommend Alan as a trainer for mediators."

Morag Steven Director of Common Ground Mediation, Edinburgh, Scotland.

"In my 20 years experience as an academic this is the best ‘in-service’ training I have experienced."

Dr Meretta Elliott -Senior Lecturer-School of Arts-Brunel University

This is what Brian Parry, Group Strategy Director at the Government Central Office of Information, said about our February 2012 course:

"Very challenging but also excellent opportunity to acquire new skills. The skills are useful not just as a mediator but also in other workplace situations and throughout your life. Training is well thought through/structured over 6 days so you have a chance to learn through trial and error.

Really enjoyed the course and thank you to Alan and Susie for their enthusiasm and encouragement!"

And this is what Chantelle Bramley said, who was training for her role as Mediator at The Bridge Housing Services in Charnwood, Leicestershire:

"I really enjoyed the course. It met my expectations and more. I felt that the environment created by Alan and Susie was very relaxed and trusting. I always felt comfortable, and always felt I was able to ask questions no matter how small/silly they seemed. The small group also meant that i got to know people really well, and this made the role plays/activities comfortable and enjoyable. Thank you Alan and Susie!"

Update from Chantelle, 6 weeks after the course:

"Just a quick update, everythings going really well. I've got 16 open cases at the minute, and on average have two appointments a day!"

Would you like to Train to become a Mediator? Click on the link to find out a bit more about our course.

"I feel like this course is infiltrating into all aspects of my life right now! I'm currently really busy managing a team of students and I think I'm a better listener and a more empowering leader because of the course."

Rebecca Howard who attended our February 2012 Mediation Training Course

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When and Where is our next Mediation Skills Training Course?...and other stuff...

How much for the CAOS Mediation Skills Training Course?

Our course costs £1595 and we usually give early booking discounts so sign up for more information about our courses so that you can be notified of early booking discounts.

Payment by instalments is usually possible if booking is made far enough in advance of the course for a payment plan to be established.

"Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict." - Dorothy Thompson

What is Accreditation and Why Do You Want It?

An explanation of the qualification offered by CAOS and comments about some misconceptions relating to the status of 'accredited' mediator by Alan Sharland, Director of CAOS Conflict Management.

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"It only takes one person to end a war, and you're the one. What a perfect set up!" - Byron Katie

What is the CAOS Approach to Mediation that our course will train you in?