The course is unique in its psychological approach to mediation training, covering the psychological underpinning of conflict, which is so important when dealing with parties locked in combat. We demonstrate how and why parties get themselves into dispute situations and analyse the psychological strategies they adopt when trying to extricate themselves from those positions.
No. The course is aimed at a much wider audience: all those who deal with conflict on a regular basis. The skills are essentially communication skills, and will prove invaluable in all areas of life, dealing with every type of person, whether they are clients, opponents, witnesses, colleagues or staff. People from diverse professions have completed our course, including accountants, architects, surveyors, bankers, psychotherapists, management consultants and students – as well as barristers and solicitors. Once qualified as a mediator, there will be a large number of disputes in various sectors where the parties will want a non-lawyer as their mediator – in fact where they do not want a lawyer anywhere near their dispute.
Regent's School of Psychotherapy and Psychology grants its own accreditation. In addition, the course has been fully vetted by the Law Society Training Standards, and the accreditation has been approved for the purposes of the Law Society’s Civil/ Commercial Mediation Panel, to which you may be eligible to apply upon gaining accreditation (if you are a solicitor). The Bar Council has approved the course and recognises the accreditation. Similarly, the Legal Services Commission recognises our accreditation, and the LSC Funding Code Manual includes the School’s name on the list of approved mediator providers, entitling them to Legal Aid funding.
Securing mediation work requires substantial marketing and self-promotion (see below). Nevertheless, there are huge numbers of disputes in need of mediation. The courts have a backlog of a large variety of commercial and other disputes; the NHS has an enormous backlog of clinical negligence cases awaiting resolution; schools and parents are increasingly in conflict; and employers and employees would benefit from mediation of their disagreements, without the need to apply to an employment tribunal. Housing, police, education, transport and the armed services are all areas where disputes abound, and where there is an increasing need for accredited mediators.
Not at all. Some of the best mediators in the country are in their 70s. Many successful participants of the course turned to mediation as part of a change of direction in their lives, sometimes at the point of retirement. Indeed, there will be parties in conflict who specifically prefer an older person to act as their mediator. Mediation is attractive to all ages, and the skills acquired on the course do not require any age specification – all are welcome.
You will receive advice while on the course about finding work afterwards. We will put you in touch with other mediation provider organisations, which you will be eligible to join. These organisations may charge an annual fee in order to place you on their panel of mediators. When they receive an inquiry for a mediator, they search their panel database, and match the most appropriate mediator to the dispute. The University has agreements with providers of mediation work throughout the UK, such as ADR Group, Talk Mediation, InterResolve, and CALM (Confidential & Local Mediation), a voluntary organisation specialising in London local authority mediations.
Courses include a session on marketing and how to secure work as a mediator. You will be given details of the two essential routes you can take: joining one or more of the 90 mediation provider panels around the country, and marketing yourself to niche markets, according to your own background and expertise. We provide advice on the course as to personal marketing and promotion so as to assist you to get started. Although it will take diligent and persistent marketing, those who are single-minded about securing work can and do succeed.
Once you start receiving work as a mediator, the remuneration can be reasonably generous. According to the Ministry of Justice tariff (www.civilmediation.justice.gov.uk) a mediator would receive a fee of £1,700 (i.e. £850 from each party) for a full day’s mediation in a case involving a dispute with a value between £15,000 and £50,000. Cases involving lesser sums or mediated over less than one full day will attract a lower fee; whereas in cases of higher value than £50,000, or of greater complexity, the fee can be negotiated by the mediator with the parties.
Payment of this fee is usually shared by the parties. Fees are also affected by factors such as the complexity of the dispute, the amount of preparation that a mediator must do and any administrative work involved.
The course will equip you with the necessary skills competently to deal with mediation in any family dispute context. The counselling element of the mediation training is informed by psychotherapeutic principles, in which the course tutors are well trained and experienced. In order to act as a family mediator in a publicly funded litigation context, however, you will require further accreditation from a body approved by the Legal Services Commission. The withdrawal of Legal Aid for much of family and divorce litigation means this has become far less significant. We can recommend courses if you wish to expand your mediation practice to include Family Court mediation.
Yes. If parties in litigation do not have sufficient means to pay for their legal representation, they may be eligible for Legal Aid. If in the course of that litigation they choose to mediate, they can obtain funding for the costs of a mediator, provided that the mediator is accredited by one of the five organisations listed in the Legal Services Commission manual (The University is one of these organisations).