Training your mediators
The certificated course, The Professional Workplace Mediator is the UK’s most popular workplace mediation training course and is the UK’s national qualification in mediation at work. It’s available as an in-house course and on a public basis.
Becoming a competent workplace mediator is harder than it may seem and successful completion of this programme is a genuine endorsement of mediator skills and abilities.
A workplace mediator has to help others have difficult, often demanding conversations. A workplace mediator has to put aside their own judgements and problem-solving instincts, and find a supportive and facilitative way of relating to others. This is why we spend 40 hours in classroom training, and offer 12 months phone and email support afterwards, as well as free support and free CPD webinars for mediators.
We used CMP to train Specialist Investigators to work on cases of bullying and harassment that had reached a formal stage; and to train workplace facilitators/mediators to help individuals discuss and potentially resolve their differences. The trainers from CMP were highly professional and knowledegable. The participants felt that the respective courses were hard work but enjoyable. As an organisation we feel that their skills and knowledge has given us a bank of people who are skilled and very able to help the Trust in maintaining a work environment free of unwelcome behaviour.
I was delighted with the group mediation 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.
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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed the mediation training course, the role plays were challenging but necessary and helped the team to bond. The trainer was a very good facilitator, he allowed everyone the opportunity to express themselves.
If you’re thinking about training people to become mediators in your organisation, you will want to know that you’re putting the best people forward. This is particularly true if the course – like CMP Resolutions – is externally assessed and can be ‘failed’.
This paper will enable you to make the best recruitment and selection of your mediators.
If you’re looking for mediation training, you’ll want to ensure you get the right learning to achieve your goals. Training HR to make more use of mediation needs a different course from giving managers the skills to do ‘mediation-lite’ with their teams; which is different again from the amount of learning needed to work as a professional mediator.
Download this overview of the different levels of training available from CMP Resolutions, and what each course enables the learner to do.