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.

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

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

A very informative and useful course that should be part of core management training.

Mediation Skills for Managers Training Delegate, ManagerBournemouth Borough Council

I have better understanding of Mental Health and mediation and confidence that it’s not about the issue but about the management of the session. Both trainers were excellent and fielded all questions with confidence and ease.

Advanced Mediation Skills Training DelegatePrivate Consultant

Our SMT found the training to be extremely helpful. The programme was customised to meet our specific needs. We were pleased with the balance of theory, case studies and role play, which enabled us to test our new skills in a safe environment.

Mediation and Conflict Management Skills Training Commissioner and Delegate, Senior ManagerWelsh Assembly

The mediation training provided by CMP was excellent in both context and format, and both challenging and enjoyable to all those staff who participated. It has certainly opened our eyes to the potential that mediation provides in resolving neighbour disputes and conflict management in other areas of housing work.

Mediation Skills Training Delegate, Tenancy Enforcement Team LeaderCity of Lincoln Council

I was very pleased with the ILM Professional Workplace Mediator training provided for our new staff mediators.  The six-day programme was well-structured, and the content was presented clearly and concisely.  The trainer was flexible and sensitive to individual needs, and our trainees found the course challenging and highly stimulating.  I would be very happy to use CMP again in the future.

Mediation Service Set-up Commissioner and former ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Head of ER DEFRA

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

I was delighted with the training. It got straight to the point and didn’t go over old ground. It left me room to personalise the information to my needs and situation and provided a structure and method for ‘group mediation’ which most importantly could flex to the needs of the situation and participants.

Advanced Mediation Skills Training Delegate, Experienced mediatorCroydon Health Services NHS Trust

My test of a good training provider lies not with it’s “off the shelf” courses, but in how it applies its skills to the context of the customer. The tailored mediation training provided by CMP not only met my benchmark test, but exceeded it by some margin.

From commissioning to organising the training, then the delivery and follow up CMP have been exceptional as they are interested not only in the quality of what they deliver but in the quality of what we as a customer can then do.

Mediation Service Set-up Lead and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Senior HR ManagerHighlands and Islands Enterprise

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?