January 7, 2016

Family Mediation Foundation Training

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Introduction 

Successful completion of this course is the first step in becoming an accredited mediator with the Family Mediation Council.

Our training programme is unique in using the transformative mediation framework. We also have practice placements to assist trainees become accredited family mediators.

Our training programme is designed to equip trainees with the foundation skills and knowledge they need in order to begin to practice as a mediator. In particular trainees will consider:

  • arrangements for the care and welfare of children
  • the division of property and assets

Trainees will undertake a detailed study of the legal and policy framework and learn how to support client decision making within this context.

Trainees will learn the application of transformative mediation skills and how transformative mediators navigate particular practice challenges.

In addition to the face to face modules detailed below there will be self study elements to prepare for each module and to consolidate the learning in each module. This will be a minimum of an additional 2.5 hours per module

 

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Course Outline 

The foundation programme consists of 5 modules and lasts for 11 days.

Trainees need to complete all the modules.

 

Module 1

Transformative mediation skills (3 days)

By the end of this module trainees will gain an understanding of:

  • Transformative conflict theory and the concepts of empowerment and recognition
  • The relationship between the mediator’s motivations and the interventions they make in practice
  • The skills to focus on and support the clients’ interactions
  • The ability facilitate with non-directive interventions, which respect the parties competence and capacity for self-determination
  • The ability to take a responsive rather than a directive or evaluative role in mediation

 

Module 2

The mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM) (2 days)

By the end of this module trainees will be able to:

  • understand the family justice system and the legal context for MIAMs
  • observe the theory and principles of transformative mediation in practice in an assessment meeting
  • explore and understand the concepts of voluntariness, confidentiality (including limits), impartiality, neutrality and client self-determination within the frameworks of transformative mediation and family justice
  • explain all aspects of mediation and the alternatives available to clients
  • understand and be able to identify the likelihood of client eligibility for legal aid
  • understand the need for and be able to undertake screening for domestic abuse and safeguarding
  • know and be able to explain the range of services and options available to clients within and outside mediation

 

Module 3

Mediating children’s matters (2 days)

By the end of this module trainees will:

  • demonstrate understanding of the legal context of mediating children matters
  • demonstrate understanding of theories of child development and the impact of separation on children
  • observe and understand the theory and principles of transformative mediation in practice in a child mediation
  • apply the theory and principles of transformative mediation in practice in a child mediation role play
  • understand the process of child consultation and the route to becoming a child inclusive practitioner
  • understand the need for and demonstrate the ability to produce appropriate internal records and client outcome summaries

 

Module 4

Mediating financial matters (2 days) 

At the end of this module trainees will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the process of divorce/dissolution and the legal context of mediating financial matters
  • understand the rationale, principles and process of financial disclosure, including ‘openness’
  • observe and understand the theory and principles of transformative mediation in practice in a financial mediation
  • apply the theory and principles of transformative mediation in practice in a financial mediation role play
  • understand the role of outside third parties in mediating financial issues – legal advice, financial advice, benefits advice
  • understand the need for and demonstrate the ability to produce appropriate internal records and client outcome summaries

 

Module 5

Assessment, other family mediation scenarios and progression (2 days) 

At the end of this module trainees will:

  • demonstrate the theory and principles of transformative mediation in practice in an all issues mediation role play
  • understand good practice in drafting Memoranda and other Mediation Outcome Statements
  • understand the legal context for financial mediation with co-habitees and the consequences for mediation practice
  • understand and consider the progression process from training to FMCA, including portfolio building, PPC and CPD requirements

Cost: £2160 in VAT

Practice placements

The second stage of becoming an accredited family mediator is to build a portfolio of practice and submit it to the Family Mediation Council for assessment. Trainees can find placements for themselves, working with an accredited mediator and getting supervision from a Professional Practice Consultant  (PPC). We have some practice placements available.

Placements include the following:

  • 1/2 day per week working with an accredited mediator developing from observation to being a lead mediator working on cases for the FMC portfolio
  • 2hr monthly group supervision exploring practice issues and portfolio building
  • 1hr per quarter one-to-one supervision

Cost: £100 per month inc VAT

We cannot guarantee placements. If there is competition for places, allocations are made by interview.