The Mediate.com Qualifications Disclosure Program (“QDP”) allows Mediators the opportunity to identify themselves as “Associate,” “Practitioner” or “Senior” Mediators based upon their degree of training, experience and their commitment to a comprehensive set of professional standards. Mediators may also (as an option) indicate the number of cases that they have mediated in specific areas of practice and provide readily available references.
Here are some of the most common questions and answers regarding the QDP:
Mediate.com established the QDP to assist consumers to assess the degree of overall experience of a mediator and experience in specific areas of practice.
Mediate.com also wants to support mediators subscribing to the recognized leading standards of mediation practice, to encourage continuing mediation education and to assist participants to easily offer reference information to potential clients.
At least 30 hours of training must be in a single integrated basic mediation training offered by a lead instructor who meets Senior Mediator standards. Additional mediation training may be obtained at any international, national, regional, provincial or state mediation conference, as well as through private advanced mediation training, academic programs and online training. Note that all training must be mediation training. As an example, training in financial matters per se will not qualify, whereas training regarding how a mediator manages the discussion of financial issues will qualify.
Participating mediators must subscribe to these Standards of Mediation Practice and, as applicable, these Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation.
For purposes of the QDP, “Mediation” is defined as: “a process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.”
A “Mediator” is defined as: “an individual, of any profession or background, who conducts a mediation.”
Continuing mediation education may be obtained at any international, national, regional, provincial or state mediation conference, as well as through private advanced mediation training, academic programs and online training.
In the event that you do not meet the requirements for a certain desired mediator status, you are encouraged to work toward satisfying these requirements! The reason that the QDP has credibility is that the stated requirements are, in fact, substantial and taken seriously.
While we strongly encourage you to, in fact, disclose your specific number of cases mediated in various areas of mediation practice, this is not a requirement. We offer you this opportunity to provide this information to consumers. Do, however, note that providing this information makes a mediator much more “findable” in specific area of practice searches.
While we strongly encourage mediators to list references, this information is not required. This is an opportunity to provide this information to consumers. Do note that should references include actual mediation participants, mediators should first obtain such participants’ approval.
If you have an existing Mediate.com Directory Listing or Premium Referral Listing, go to www.mediate.com/account and enter your user id and password. Once you have accessed your record, click “Order More” and order the QDP service. Be sure to then click on “Mediator Qualifications Disclosure Program” when you are returned to your record, to complete your information.
If you do not have an existing listing with Mediate.com, please go to www.mediate.com/services and order a Mediator Qualifications Disclosure Program listing.
Go to www.mediate.com/account and enter your user id and password. (If you forget your user id and password, you can request that this information be sent to you.) Once you have accessed your record, click on “Mediator Qualifications Disclosure Program” to update or complete your information.
The Mediate.com Premium Membership includes the QDP and is $29/month or $299/yr. Your Mediate.com Premium Membership and Directory Listing allow you to be found by last name, business name, all geographic (country, state, province, city) searches as well as area of mediation practice, additional professional service and key word searches at www.mediate.com/Search. Your Premium Membership and listing also uniquely allow you to receive referrals from our “short form” referral system at www.mediate.com/mediator.
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