1. To equip trainees with principles, values, knowledge and skills required to practice as Mediators, in particular assisting couples following separation and divorce which includes:
a) Understanding of the theory and practice of family mediation;
b) Knowledge of conflict management strategies and family dynamics with particular emphasis on the effects of separation and divorce on children;
c) The ability to confidently deal with legal and financial issues in mediation;
d) Enhanced listening and evaluation skills; and
e) The ability to confidently and competently include the needs, wishes and feelings of children and young people in the mediation process through indirect consultation.
2. To provide those trainees who successfully complete the course with a qualification which is compliant with the standards of and recognised by the UK Family Mediation Council, and the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.
What is Stage One?
The first step to becoming an accredited mediator who may work in a Family Mediation setting is to successfully complete the Foundation Training Programme (FTP)*. FMNI is approved by both The College of Mediators (UK) and The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) to deliver a programme comprised of both generic mediation training and a specialist element for working with separating couples.
FMNI is offering the twelve day FTP (Stage One) this Autumn over six two-day modules in Belfast.
COST: £1999 – includes assessment, training materials and catering.
DATES: 20th & 21st October, 10th & 11th November, 1st & 2nd December, 12th & 25th January, 2nd & 3rd February and 23rd & 24th February. Certificates issued to successful participants.
*Stage One is also suitable for those wishing to enhance their skills base in their existing work with families and who may not wish to practice as a Family Mediator.
What is Stage Two and Three?
Becoming an effective mediator takes more than a set of skills learned during training: it also requires practical experience, self-awareness and ongoing support. Stage Two is an assessed Training Placement involving co-working with an experienced mediator for a minimum of 10-15 hours. Stage Three involves ongoing casework and the completion of a Practice Portfolio which is independently assessed.
FMNI offers a limited number of Stage Two Training Placements each year to those who have successfully completed Stage One. Candidates can also organise their own Training Placement with another organisation with the option of the required assessment being provided by FMNI.
Stage Three: FMNI uses a Panel of Trained Mediators to deliver its service across Northern Ireland and from time to time invites new members to apply to join its Panel. Panel members can then use their casework to complete their accreditation portfolio.