Our new Mediator and Mediation Skills Training course

Does conflict resolution interest you? Are you seeking to refine your mediation skills or to embark on a new journey towards becoming a mediator?

Whatever the case, there’s an exciting new professional Mediator and Mediation Skills Training course offered by Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution.

Kicking off on Monday, 8 January, the four-week Mediator an Mediation Skills Training course is a training program that not only equips you with the latest in mediation theory and practice but also offers a supportive environment for honing your skills.

This newly developed course reflects the current landscape of mediation and conflict resolution. The innovative approach of this course follows a structured model, merging theory with practice through information dissemination, small group skill-building exercises, and engaging discussions. This method empowers individuals to nurture skills relevant to their present circumstances and future aspirations.

The course begins with insightful pre-training reflections, progresses through practical skill development, and culminates in a post-training reflective journal, encapsulating your learning experience.

Prior to each training day, we will send you details of what will be included in the next session. The training is broken down like so:

  • Principles and practice of mediation
  • Stages of the mediation process
  • Ethics and values of mediation
  • Communication skills used in mediation
  • Negotiation skills and their application
  • The effects of conflict and ways of managing it
  • How trauma impacts mediation
  • Diversity and mediation

By the end of the program, participants emerge with a deep understanding of mediation theories, a reflective insight into conflict, and tangible practical skills crucial for conflict resolution. Accredited by Scottish Mediation, the course requires attendance at all four training days and an assessment.

The course emphasises support and inclusivity. The trainers, highly skilled mediators themselves, create a safe and informal environment, fostering shared learning, reflection, and group discussions. The program's commitment to accommodating special requirements ensures an inclusive learning experience for everyone.

Mock mediations take place on day five. Here, participants showcase their acquired skills, demonstrating their grasp of mediation techniques and strategies. Successfully completing this stage propels you toward meeting the standard for the first requirement of the Practice Standards for Mediators issued by Scottish Mediation.

‘I found the pace and delivery suited my learning style,’ one participant who took part in the pilot course told us, ‘which made the experience more enjoyable. The content was very relevant and allowed me to reflect on my existing knowledge and skills.’

So, are you ready to embark on a transformative journey toward becoming a skilled mediator? This course not only equips you with the tools to manage conflicts effectively but also provides an avenue to contribute positively to society. It's more than just a training – it's a catalyst for personal and professional growth. Get in touch, embrace new learning, and gear up to navigate conflicts differently!

If you would like to enrol on SCCR’s Mediator and Mediation Skills Training course or to learn more, email sccr@cyrenians.scot.

The cost of five days training – one half-day (online), three full days (in person) plus one assessment day (in person), accredited by Scottish Mediation to increase the individual’s knowledge and skills of mediation – is as follows:

£1,200 (plus VAT) for business / professionals £1,000 (plus VAT) voluntary sector / students