Live, in-person training in transformative mediation only happens in a few places.  And if you’ve gone to those places to get trained and have returned home, it can be impossible to find ongoing training in your town.  Good news! The ISCT now offers the Virtual Institute, which so far caters to people who have had transformative mediation training and want more.  Trainings for newbies may be available soon.
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Carol Bloom offered a 3-part course for transformative mediators called “Deepening Mediation Skills”.  That course started in March and has received glowing reviews.  I’ll be teaching the next course, “Mediating with Lawyers Present” on May 12th and on June 21st, “Honoring the Victim’s Voice” (a discussion of a project that addresses the presence of domestic violence in mediation for civil cases) will be presented by Jody Miller, Maritza Garcia, and John Tolliver, and moderated by Kristine Paranica.  You can register for these courses here.
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The technology used (provided by Zoom) allows you to see, be seen, hear, and be heard.  And you can do it from your computer or phone.
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“Honoring the Victim’s Voice” will explore the Domestic Violence and Mediation Safety Project, The goal of that project was to increase safety and support decision-making for victims of domestic violence. You’ll learn about how the project came into existence and you’ll gain insight into the tightly threaded collaboration between mediators and domestic violence services.  You’ll also learn why transformative mediation works in these cases.
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In the course I’m leading, I’ll show clips from a simulated mediation I conducted.  We’ll look at brief snippets and then discuss the choices I made as a mediator, and what choices you would have made. Present at the mediation were the Plaintiff, her lawyers, the insurance adjuster, and two lawyers representing the defendants.  We’ll discuss how a mediator can be most helpful to a group such as that; and we’ll see that the transformative approach provides a process that lives up to the full promise of mediation.
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Contact the ISCT here with any questions or to register.
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posted by Dan Simon

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