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Are you a CIVIL MEDIATION professional? Would you like to work at INTERNATIONAL level in the resolution of cross-border disputes between individuals, companies, organizations, and public administrations?

As part of the Erasmus+ Project InMEDIATE we are offering a FREE course for experienced practitioners who are interested in developing ad hoc skills to act as international mediators in cross-border civil disputes.

 

IMPORTANT

 

  • Free-of-charge
  • The course consists of 3 phases:
    • PHASE 1 – 3-day Face-to-face preparatory course: 24 to 26 January 2022
    • PHASE 2 – 54-hour Online training course
    • PHASE 3 – 3-day Mediation lab and follow-up of the training: 20 to 22 September 2022
  • Peer coaching activities in small groups of professionals
  • Learn-by-doing approach to stimulate brainstorming and teamwork
  • Online forum to facilitate interaction among participants
  • Networking opportunities with leading experts in the mediation field

The InMEDIATE training course is targeted at trained and experienced civil mediation practitioners and professionals.

What are the expected benefits for you?

  1. You will be equipped with an additional set of interdisciplinary competencies and intercultural skills, enabling you to effectively handle cross-border mediation cases
  2. You will gain a final certification validating your learning outcomes according to uniform training standards and quality assessment criteria
  3. You will improve cooperation and synergies with colleagues from other countries interested in the cross-border civil mediation sector
  4. You will have access to useful didactic materials and other practical outputs developed by InMEDIATE qualified partners

Methodology

The proposed training combines online and face-to-face activities, to prepare the participants to practice cross-border mediation. The interactivity will be enhanced through:

  • Online Group Discussion (peer coaching activities in small groups of professionals), moderated by an expert
  • Mediation labs with learn-by-doing approach to stimulate brainstorming and teamwork
  • Online forum to facilitate interaction among participants
  • Networking opportunities with leading experts in the mediation field

Content and structure

PHASE 1 – 3-day Face-to-face preparatory course

(Germany, 24 to 26 January 2022)

This phase will allow trainees with different cultural backgrounds to know each other and to share their professional experiences, ideas, and perspectives on mediation practice, styles, and methods. The participants will be introduced to the structure, organization, and methodological framework of the training program.

PHASE 2 – 54-hour Online training course

(Online, March 15th – August 15th, 2022)

  • 9 recorded video-lessons (1h each)
  • 27 h of self-study and self-assessment
  • 18 h of group discussion in small groups of professional trainees

Lessons will cover the following topics:

  • Legal framework and mediators’ responsibility
  • Conflict analysis
  • Culture and communication
  • Mediation stages
  • Communication and mediation techniques
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Co-mediation
  • Mediation styles and code of conduct
  • ODR

PHASE 3 – 3-day Mediation lab and follow-up of the training

(Poland, 20 to 22 September 2022)

This face-to-face laboratory builds on the theoretical knowledge and technical competencies gained during the online training to provide practical skills through learn-by-doing experiences.

With regards to methodological aspects, the activities will be carried out by working in small groups and through practical exercises, case studies and role-play. The expected benefits for participants are the following:

  • enhanced awareness about the impact that cultural differences, stereotypes, and attributions have on key dispute resolution processes and conflict generally
  • enhanced capacity to settle cross-border cases and to handle possible risks thanks to the practical approach of the teaching activity
  • improved ability to work within international environments and to deal with professionals holding different cultural and linguistic backgrounds

Assessment

The assessment and validation of the learning outcomes on completion of the course are jointly developed by the 3 universities involved in the project and specific arrangements

have been undertaken to ensure and guarantee quality standards of the validation process.

At the end of the training course, a certificate of participation in the course will be issued to each participant. The acquisition of the certificate is subject to compliance with the attendance requirements, equal to 100% of the online modules and 80% of the hours in presence.

The application form must be submitted online before 23:59 (CET), 30th July 2021. For additional questions, please write to info@inmediateproject.eu.

 

A) Admission Requirements

36 trainees will be selected for the InMEDIATE training, 12 from each involved country (Italy, Germany, and Poland).

The minimum requirements for selection are:

Residence/domicile

In Italy, Germany, or Poland

Language qualifications (English)

EU certifications or other certificates or self-evaluation equivalent to English B2

Education

University degree

Basic mediation training

Minimum 50 h

Basic civil mediation experience

Minimum 2 cases

 

B) Evaluation Criteria: STEP 1

Applications meeting the minimum eligibilty criteria will further be evaluated based on the following selection factors:

Selection Factor Unit of evaluation
Mediation experience (of at least one joint meeting, national and international)Number of cases
Co-mediation experienceNumber of cases
Additional mediation trainings (workshops or study groups, national and international in a foreign language)Number of hours
Accreditation following a selection procedure as mediator to a National or International Mediation Center or to a Mediators Network/Association (any)Yes/No
Attendance of Conferences or Seminars or Webinars on Mediation of at least 4 hours eachNumber
Publication of books or articles on mediationNumber
Training as trainer (only including trainings of at least 16 hours)Number of hours


The candidates will be expected to provide reasonable proof for their accomplishments in the form of certificates, experience letters and other relevant documents.

To ensure transparency, a detailed version of this selection criteria alongwith the scoring system used to select the applicants for the next step will be published on the website after the application deadline.

 

C) Evaluation Criteria: STEP 2

Following the first step of the selection, a ranking will be drawn up.

The first 12 from each country with the highest score will pass to the second selection step (including the tie with the last one in the ranking): web-based interview for verification of skills and motivations.

The candidates will be requested to provide the certifications until 3 days before the interview.

 

D) Results

The first 36 candidates who, on the basis of gender and national equality and the score acquired at the outcome of the selection, will be admitted to participate in the training, will be informed via email of the acceptance of the application. In case the candidate renounces the selection, the next most eligible candidate will be selected for the training and informed via email.

 

 

The training is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses for the training will be reimbursed according to the terms and conditions defined in the Project. Only the participants who attend the entire training course can be reimbursed. The payment will be made by bank transfer after the end of the course.

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