Lesley Allport Dispute Resolution

Foundation Training  
2019
in Birmingham

Family Specialism (for existing mediators)

This course is appropriate for trained, experienced mediators who wish to extend their knowledge and skills to include family mediation. It assumes prior experience of mediation and the role of the mediator and begins with a 2-day overview to familiarise with the model used. In line with FMC requirements, it consists of:
ª  Eight taught days (60 hours)
ª  Assessed role play
ª  Self-study component (approximately 10 hours), including the submission of four written assignments
ª  Trainee Manual including a legal knowledge component.
The training will be taking place in central Birmingham within easy reach of Birmingham New St. 
The cost is £1,685 (there is no VAT to add). 
A deposit of £250 is required to secure a place the programme. 

By the end of the Family Specialism programmes participants will have an understanding of the similarities / differences of the family mediation model; understand / work with the trauma of separation and the needs of children; and be able to navigate the financial disclosure process and be familiar with the legal framework.

About LADR Foundation Training 

Training to be a mediator is the start of an exciting and adventurous journey. There will be skills that you bring and make good use of on the course. However, while mediation draws on a wide range of disciplines, it is a unique practice. This training will present you with new challenges, taking you into ‘familiar ground but unknown territory’. LADR Foundation Training is designed to support you through that. It gives you first of all, an understanding of conflict, where it comes from and ways that it can be approached, before thinking about how mediation is used as a tool that is distinct from other approaches. The course then builds your skills incrementally so that you gain confidence and ability to deal with complexity.

LADR training is modular in its approach in order to allow participants the opportunity to practice and develop skills alongside participation in the taught course and to build links between theory and practice. It combines delivery of theoretical material and relevant knowledge with skills development through structured role play in a ‘safe’ setting. The Overview and Introduction to Mediation Programme consists of six days spread over two modules. The first two days give an overview of mediation and the subsequent four days provide a generic training in mediation theory and practice. This can be undertaken as a stand alone course for those wishing to mediate workplace or community disputes, or who wish, for example, to extend their existing coaching or counselling skills to be able to offer mediation. The Family Specialism consists of a further two modules which focus especially on the skills and knowledge required to work as a family mediator and meet the requirements of both the College of Mediators and the Family Mediation Council. In order to be able to register and subsequently qualify as a family mediator you either need to complete both of these programmes or, if you have you have prior training and experience in another field of mediation, you need to complete the two day overview and then undertake the Family Specialism. 

Family Specialism (for those who have completed the Introduction to Mediation)

The Introduction to Mediation is appropriate for those who are new to mediation, or for those who assist people to have difficult conversations who would like to put more structure to their work. It covers the process and principles of mediation and support participants to develop the key skills of a mediator. The course consists of:  

Six taught days (45 hours) 
ª  Assessed role play 
ª Self study component (5 hours) including the submission of two written assignments 
ª Trainee Manual.
By the end of the training participants will have an understanding of conflict and where it comes from; an understanding of mediation as a vehicle for addressing conflict; a knowledge of the process and the principles of mediation and the key skills to be a mediator
The training will be taking place in central Birmingham within easy reach of Birmingham New St. 
The cost is £985 (there is no VAT to add) 
A deposit of £250 is required to secure a place the programme. 

Introduction to mediation

The Family Mediation Specialism is available for those who have attended the introductory course. It assumes a level of skill and understanding of mediation and the role of a mediator. It consists of:a further 
ª  Six taught days (45 hours)
ª  Assessed role play
ª  Self-study component (approximately 10 hours), including the submission of four written assignments
ª  Trainee Manual including a legal knowledge component.
The training will be taking place in central Birmingham within easy reach of Birmingham New St. 
The cost is £1,285 (there is no VAT to add). 
A deposit of £250 is required to secure a place the programme. 

foundation training

In order to gain the most from this training it is highly beneficial to be able to access some initial practice. The most straight forward way of doing this is to approach a local  Mediation Service and enquire about opportunities that may be available. If this proves difficult I will try to assist in any way I can. However please be aware that practice opportunities are separate to training and are not part of the training course.

Training is just the beginning! It is important that you understand the steps you will need to take in order to be able to mediate once you have trained. In the family field you need to gain experience and evidence this by completing a portfolio before you can become an accredited family mediator. For this you will also need a supervisor (or Professional Practice Consultant). You can find out more about this by going to the Family Mediation Council (www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk). I will also provide more information in your Training Information Pack and am happy to talk about this further before you make a final decision to undertake training. There is also a competency route for community and workplace mediators though the requirements are not so stringent. For more information look on the College of Mediators’ website (www.collegeofmediators.co.uk).

Practice, Supervision and Qualification

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