Mentorship — The Practicum

iStock_000021077393_ExtraSmallWhen you are ready to start your practicum, you will work with a mentor mediator.  Mentor mediators have completed many hours of mediation casework and a course on Mentoring Others in Mediation.

First, you will observe two mediations. You can observe “live” mediations with a mentor mediator or you can attend an approved Video Observation class, facilitated by a mentor mediator, and receive credit for one or two observations.  At the end of the observation/class, you will receive a Verification of Observation form from the mentor.

Before each co-mediation, the mentor will complete a Mentee Portfolio form for you, which outlines your learning objectives during a co-mediation and your progress in meeting those objectives.  After the mediation is completed, the mentor will also complete a Mentee Evaluation form evaluating your specific mediation skills and abilities.  The last page of the Mentee Evaluation is a page for you to evaluate your mentor.

For the General District Court (GDC) certification, you need to observe two cases and co-mediate 3 live cases for a total of 5 hours of mediation. You will also need to include an agreement that you wrote for one of your co-mediations. 

For the Juvenile & Domestic Relations court (JDR) certification practicum, you will need to work with a mentor mediator and observe 2 mediations and co-mediate 5 live cases for a total of 10 hours.  You will also need to include an agreement that you wrote for one of your co-mediations along with a child support worksheet.

For the Circuit Court-Civil (CCC) certification practicum you will need to do 2 observations and 5 co-mediations of live cases and include an agreement that you wrote from one of your co-mediations.

For the Circuit Court-Family (CCF) practicum you will need to do 2 observations and 5 co-mediations and you will need to include an agreement that you wrote from one of your co-mediations.