Comments: Reflective Practice: How Veterans Can Benefit from Rookie Training

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Michael Lang, Sarasota FL     06/02/03
Reflective Practice
I am delighted to see how others are developing the concepts that Alison Taylor and I originated in our book, . Judy has a clear grasp of these ideas and has found a way to integrate them into mediator training and supervision at the FAA. One aspect I hope she develops further in a subsquent article is how the use of questions posed by the observer helps the practitioner identify areas for learning (both by looking at successful interventions and by examining those that did not accomplish the mediator's objectives). Creating an attitude that fosters learning through experience is a vital first step. Using an elicitive coaching model is the means to accomplish the learning objectives. Thanks, Judy.

Barbara , Portsmouth, Hants UK   05/28/03
This is a useful reminder of the need for reflection. UK mediators working with publicly funded clients (regardless of length of experience, professional background or training) must have a minimum level of professional practice consultancy (mentoring) in order to remain in practice. It is generally a helpful and supportive process and recognises that mediators should not stop developing professionally. It is also seen as a way of offering support to mediators and protection for clients.