Frequently asked questions about the DSCV mediation training program.
Why would I want to train to be a mediator?
There are many reasons why you might want to train as a mediator.
- mediation is recognised as an effective way of resolving disputes and conflict
- mediation has applications in the workplace, in business, at home, at school, and even in clubs and other organisations
- mediation skills are life skills
What sort of people make good mediators?
People with the skills to make a good mediator are those who have:
- excellent communication skills
- well developed analytical skills
- patience and ability to remain neutral and impartial
- commitment to principles of empowerment
Being a mediator is not for everybody. It requires a great deal of concentration, ability to think ‘on your feet’ and constant attention to the parties throughout the session.
What will I learn from this mediation course?
You will learn to:
- recognise your own conflict resolution style
- develop successful communication strategies
- assist parties in their negotiations
- minimise conflict within your organisation
- conduct a mediation, in partnership with another mediator (co-mediation)
Specifically, you will learn about:
- the concept of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution option
- the nature of conflict and how conflict affects our daily activities
- how to implement various negotiating techniques
- various ethical issues that may present to the practising mediator
- power imbalances in mediation – including how to identify possible difficulties for particular groups and how to implement strategies to combat possible power imbalances in the mediation process
What is unique about DSCV mediation training?
DSCV mediation training opens up different options. You can go on to become a nationally accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System.
How long is the DSCV mediation course?
The course runs for six full days. It is conducted in three two-day blocks over three consecutive weeks.
Is the mediation course only available in Melbourne?
The DSCV mediation course is usually run in Melbourne. However, there may be options in the future for a mediation course to be made available in a regional area if there is sufficient demand. In the past we have run courses in the Gippsland region and the Hume region. We have also run mediation training courses tailored for specific groups, such as the African community and the indigenous community.
What does the DSCV mediation course cost?
As at January 2017, the course costs $2,970 per person. However, we advise you check our current pricing structure at the time of enrolling.