In response to your questions, I suspect that in the USA and many other countries, the random cottage industries in relation to mediation training will continue for several decades. Each industry uses standard marketing strategies alleging mini-monopoly, and attempting to create a stream of dependent and paying mediator clients.
Compare the training, apprenticeships and accreditation of psychologists in various countries?
For a glimpse of the beginnings of systematic substantive "content" of mediation accreditation, see Schneider and Honeyman, The Negotiators'Fieldbook. Read in awe.
Rick , Windsor 12/09/11
Teaching Conflict Managment Courses
Was wondering if and when, you'll be getting around to commenting of the context of the material taught by the various entities mentioned in your 2 of # articles?
While I'm not concerned with who teaches a particular course of study related to DR, I'm more concerned with "What" they teach. Take enough of these courses from different sources and you begin to see a common theme or understanding of the field of mediation.
The problem is they are often repackaged into a "Name that tune..."type teaching formula, ("The 7 steps of Mediation", "We can do it in 5!", "The 4 areas of Mediation", "The ABC's of Mediation"). Not to mention the requirement to join a particular dues paying organization, buy yourself a designation, and then be required to "attend" a number of required training sessions per year to maintain that "designation".
IMO, the field of mediation is becoming it's own worst enemy in terms of credibility and will get what it has craved, a legislative overseer or creditation process, due to the number of cottage industry "authorities" you cite in your articles.