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After How Much Training Can You Call Yourself A Mediator?

by Tammy Lenski
March 2010

From the Mediator Tech blog of Tammy Lenski.

Tammy Lenski
Cafe MediateAfter how much training can you call yourself a mediator?

Diane Levin, who facilitated the latest episode of our new collaborative podcast, Cafe Mediate, launched conversation with that very question. Diane, Amanda Bucklow, Jeff Thompson, Vickie Pynchon and I dove in to answer and we weren’t shy with our opinions (Jeff, we particularly loved your choice of the word “absurd” in response to one rule in a certain new Nevada mediation program!).

We invite you to stream the 40-minute audio from the Cafe Mediate site, get it from iTunes, or subscribe to get new episodes automatically.

We’re taking on certification as our next topic, which we’ll cover in two parts. Have a topic you’d like us to discuss? Leave us a comment to let us know!

Many thanks to Amanda, Jeff, Vickie and Diane for another engaging discussion – it’s a tremendous gift to have such good colleagues to join in invigorating conversation.


Dr. Tammy Lenski helps people resolve conflict in ongoing business and personal relationships and bring their "A" game to difficult conversations. Since founding her NH-based conflict resolution firm Myriaccord LLC in 1997, Tammy has worked with individuals and organizations worldwide as a master mediator, executive coach, speaker, and educator. Author of the award-winning book, Making Mediation Your Day Job, she recently received the Association for Conflict Resolution’s prestigious Mary Parker Follett award for innovative and pioneering work in her field. Her second book, The Conflict Pivot, was released in 2014.


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