Comments: Mediation Skills Development Around the World - with Skype

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Giuseppe Leone, Kaneohe HI     03/07/12
Pamela: Our online mediation simulations via Skype have indeed the same purpose of face-to-face simulations in a classroom. In addition, >> Our simulations have a 60-minute time limit – which indirectly motivates the mediator to decide which objectives can realistically be achieved in such short period of time. >> In our simulations, the fact that at the end of those 60 minutes the parties have been able to reach an agreement or not is totally irrelevant. For the purpose of our simulations is only to allow mediators (1) to use any mediation method and techniques they choose; (2) to explain later (during the debrief session) to the other two mediators the rationale behind their choices; and (3) to hear directly from the two mediators who played the role of the parties whether the mediator's choices had the intended effect or not. >> The underlying assumption of our simulations is that, in order to gain experience, a mediator has to be willing to make mistakes. And therefore, the more mistakes a mediator makes during our simulations (or observes in other mediators) – the better (the more he or she will learn). >> And finally, our simulations take place in an environment which is non-judgmental, positive (all mediators/participants share the same interest to learn from each other) and convenient (many mediators participate in our simulations from the comfort of their homes). Giuseppe Leone

Pamela  , Kathmandu     03/06/12
Simulations vs real mediations
Very interesting idea. How does your program view the simulations in comparison to observation of real mediations? In the court-annexed program I worked with in the US, we required new mediators to observe a certain number of mediations, as well as do co-mediations, before being allowed to go solo. Are simulations as good as real-life cases for giving new mediators experience?