We had a great mediation training this October 5-9, with 29 attendees participating. Attendees learned about the basics of how to mediate both civil and family cases and then practiced their skills in role play sessions, taking the part of the mediator as well as participants. Experienced mediators from our community served as coaches for the role play sessions, offering advice and feedback and providing real-life examples of how mediators work to help parties resolve disputes.
We are increasingly seeing participants in the training coming from a wide range of professions, and this training was no exception! Not only did we have attorneys in attendance, but also human resource professionals, counselors, psychologists, paralegals, court personnel, and students! Addtionally, we had participants not just from our local area, but from elsewhere in Missouri (including Columbia, St. Louis, Mt. Vernon, Carthage, Blairstown, Stockton, Kidder, Florissant, and Sikeston) and also Arkansas and Illinois. The growing interest in mediation is a great sign for the growth of the field, and we look forward to future trainings with such wonderful, diverse participants.
Did you attend the training this past October, or a previous training? Let us know how the training helped you! We welcome your comments on this post, or you can reach us at CDR@MissouriState.edu. Or, if you’d like to attend a future training be sure to join the CDR mailing list to be notified up upcoming training dates. Our next mediation training will be held March 14-18.