Welcome to our about Mediation Institute page!
Updated: 1st June 2018
Mediation Institute was established in 2013 to provide specialist training in Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution. Our training meets and exceeds the highest standards established in Australia for these courses.
Our goal in establishing Mediation Institute was to make mediation training more flexible, accessible and improve the quality of the training by focusing on ethics, regulations and the needs of clients and mediators in practice.
Goals and Values
We established Mediation Institute to achieve four main goals.
- Flexibility – we designed in flexibility into our courses right from the start. No lock step, time bound old fashioned training for us! We train mediators, not soldiers.
- Accessibility – our director of studies, Joanne Law, is from a farm near, Gulargambone. Gular is a villiage in the Central Western plains of NSW 382 km’s North West of Sydney as the Gular flies. Without accessibility people in regional areas, full time employees and those at home with care-giver responsibilities could not possibly complete the training.
- Quality – too many courses that say they are online learning are really just email enabled correspondence courses. Fair enough in the 1900’s but not good enough for this century and the current evolution of the internet. Our goal is to never compromise on quality in the interest of flexibility and accessibility.
- Innovation – tradition is all well and good if you like playing dress ups and pretending you live in another century. We are all about innovation for the sake of improvement. If it’s broken, fix it. If it’s not broken, improve it!
In order to achieve our goals of flexibility, accessibility, quality and innovation we make heavy use of technology.
Winner of the eLearning Excellence Awards
We thought we had developed a pretty special course so in our first year of operation we entered the eLearning Excellence Awards in the vocational education category. We were hoping for some peer feedback and benchmarking so you can imagine our absolute delight when we won the category!
Some training providers believe that all training should be delivered face to face during workshops. We don’t.
We believe that pre-learning theory, reflection, discussion and activities done BEFORE workshops vastly improves learning and helps to ensure that when it comes to skills development you are much better prepared.
You can’t learn mediation out of a book. You have to participate in role plays to bridge the gap between theoretical understanding and practical application. In the past mediation training has required students to travel to workshops for their training.
This was very difficult for a large segment of the potential learners. If you live in a rural area, don’t have the ability to request leave to attend a workshop or have carer responsibilities your dream of becoming a mediator may have remained just a dream.
Technology allows Mediation Institute to offer specialist mediation training via online learning making use of video technology for role plays and practical skills development. We still think that workshops are worth it if you can attend even if it is just for the conversations in the tea and lunch breaks but participating in the online activities is of great value.
Our not-for-profit Interact Support
The services provided by Interact revolve around ensuring that people have the right information and support to make good decisions in regards to Family Law, protection from Family Violence and in building up their emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
Visit the Interact Support Website to find out more. www.interact.support
Our Mediator Membership Body
Mediation Institute RMAB shares our values of focus on the individuals, leveraging technology and ensuring that we provide services that innovate rather than duplicate.
Visit the Events Calendar to find out about Professional Development activities coming up.