Train your mediators, set up an internal mediation service – or source external support?

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You are considering introducing mediation; you have identified the many potential benefits for your organisation and you have identified clear objectives for it to deliver and be monitored against. 

The high-level decisions are in place.  Which of the four options for getting mediation into your business will be right for you?

  1. Referring an occasional case as the need arises
  2. Setting up a call-down contract with a provider, which should come with some added benefits
  3. Training one or two individuals internally to mediate
  4. Setting up an internal mediation service

Each has its benefits and drawbacks. But without being an expert in mediation, how do you know whether your mediation service should be staffed by internal mediators or outsourced to an external mediation company?

Public training courses

If you have less than 4 delegates to train, training in-house becomes non-efficient. CMP’s public courses offer an excellent alternative for those who want to train as mediators and investigators. Endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) our programmes are interactive, strong on practical exercises and focused feedback and run by specialists with many years of experience under their belts.

The whole mediation process has gone very smoothly and very quickly, and met the needs of the parties and the organisation; the feedback from parties was that the service was very well received and they seem to be working well together since the mediation. They have been very complimentary about the process and the skills of the mediator from CMP.

 
Outsourced Mediation Commissioner, Director of HRSovereign Housing Ltd

The mediation skills training gave me the opportunity to explore my own responses to conflict and learn ways to manage, reflect back what is being said, and start to move towards a resolution, providing me a very good role model for mediation.

ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Training Delegate, General ManagerNHS Lothian

The group mediation trainer demonstrated experience and expertise. The course dealt effectively with all my concerns which boosted my confidence and encouraged effective and collaborative working with groups.

ILM Group Mediation Skills Training Delegate, HR ManagerThe Labour Relations Agency

It was very helpful to have someone there in the mediation to calm things down.  Having met her first meant I understood what was going to happen so felt more confident.  Things are much better at work. Thank you.

Mediation Party, Professora Redbrick University

The mediation training was comprehensive, interactive and interesting as well as challenging. The trainer was very patient, in what was a classroom full of very different candidates

ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, SO2 Policy and TrainingBritish Land Forces Germany

An excellent refresher course with very positive feedback. A very useful and timely refresher that brought some interesting ideas to the fore – it was really enjoyable and I felt that the course was value for money and that delegates received a boost to their confidence. CMP staff are always professional, polite, and easily accessible.

Advanced Mediation Training Commissioner and Delegate, Mediation Service ManagerThe Home Office

This was a very complex team situation; we approached CMP and an alternate provider however it was CMP that really grasped the brief for the group mediation.  CMP quickly tuned into our issues and offered the best solution. Their documentation and approach was tailored and efficient, allowing us to make a clear decision about the process.

Outsourced Group Mediation Commissioner, Director of HRThe University of Winchester

Working with such an experienced and professional organisation has been incredibly refreshing and our in-house mediation service has been enhanced as a result. The course was fantastic and people left feeling confident with the skills. The course content was comprehensive and the training techniques first class. The trainer worked with us to discuss service development and implementation. CMP Resolutions provided a lot of support which has helped immensely in getting this project off the ground.

Mediation Service Project Lead and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, HR Projects ManagerUniversity of York

The overall team appear to be happier and more relaxed and there is a much improved atmosphere. Very impressed with the whole mediation process and communication, thoroughly professional and helpful. Avoided further stress for all involved and and helped to restore professionalism back into the team.

Outsourced Group Mediation Team Managera Redbrick University

I really enjoyed the hands-on practical nature of the advanced mediation skills training. The trainer was really approachable and made it very real and memorable – I felt comfortable to try and make mistakes and then learn from them.

Advanced Mediation Skills Training Delegate ,Head of Student VoiceUniversity of Manchester

Internal or external mediators?

We will take you through the key things to consider in relation to:

  • Independence
  • Cost
  • Availability and speed
  • Cultural orientation
  • Timeliness
  • Case numbers

Your responses to the questions posed in this paper will leave you much clearer about which option is right for you.

Should you set up an internal mediation service or use external mediators?