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Teaching Mediation

Teaching Mediation

What motivates you to help others learn about mediation?

 

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I suppose probably it is that I want people to do the best they can every time they do it. If they can get a little bit of knowledge that helps them polish their performance, then that’s got to be a good thing.

 

I think mediation’s a very solitary profession. I think the more we’re able to share with each other, the better it is. I think there is undoubtedly a real camaraderie amongst mediators generally. Therefore, having the opportunities to come together and share experiences is good and therapeutic and so on.

 

I just want the standards to be so high that whenever a mediator’s performing, they’re absolutely at the top of their abilities. Provide opportunities for that based off experiences I have is the way that I feel is best.

 

I always feel the training should come from experience, not from theory. The two go together, but there’s nothing better than saying, “This bit works. This is what I do. Try it out for yourself. It might not work for you, but so be it. There might be something else.”

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The late David Richbell was one of the most respected mediators and most experienced non-lawyer mediators in Europe. David had been a full-time mediator since 1996. He was the founder of MATA, one of Europe’s leading training provider for advanced mediator workshops and David was arguably one of the best mediation trainers around. Chambers Directory thought of him as ‘possibly the nicest person in mediation’ – judge for yourself when you... View Mediator