Starting in October 2017 ADRIA started a new initiative to offer Learner Sessions, introducing new mediators to discussions on techniques and process. Learner Sessions are an opportunity for students and new mediators to take learning beyond the classroom and build a network of peers. The first part of each session will have an initial topic for discussion with time for Q&A. Following the discussion, you can form groups with your peers to practice your negotiation or mediation skills. Each session is hosted by an experienced coach/mediator to answer your skills-based questions.
These sessions are offered at no cost however registration is required.
After you have completed the Communications in ADR or the National Introductory Mediation course, you may wonder how to integrate your skills and move to the next level. Many students decide to get together with their classmates to create practice groups. This is a great idea to start building your skills and your professional network.
Once you have practiced with your cohort, you are encouraged to engage a coach to help make sure you are not developing bad habits, neglecting key skills, and to bring you to the next level. A coach can join a practice group to give general feedback, or can give role-play feedback and one-on-one coaching.
Coaches can help you prepare for:
Contact Jocelyn for a list of coaches in your area. Even if you are not in Calgary or Edmonton we may have a coach in your area of the province. If we do not, take a look at our Online Practice Sessions (below). Some of our evaluations can even be done online.
Coaches are private contractors and rates vary. Please contact coaches for rates.
Online Practice Sessions
Using a web-based platform, learners can connect with each other from anywhere in the province to role-play negotiation or mediation scenarios while one of our experienced coaches observes and provides feedback and guidance.
Objectives and Benefits
Learners will get the most out of these sessions if they have some conflict resolution or mediation training.
The web application used requires you to have a computer with an internet connection, web cam, headset (or microphone and speakers) and a basic comfort level with this type of technology.
How It Works
Using the Zoom online meeting system, participants are able to role-play a mediation or negotiation scenario from the convenience of their home.
All online practice sessions are coached by experienced mediators with a minimum of a Qualified Mediator designation.
For negotiation role-plays, each session is 1½ hours, allowing for a 40 minute role-play, followed by feedback from the coach. For mediation roleplays, each session is 1½ hours allowing for one hour of role-play followed by feedback from the coach.
If you want to be the skilled negotiator or mediator, it is your responsibility to arrange role player(s) and to choose a time that works for all of you. Make sure the date you pick is at least one week away to allow our staff time to find a coach. To help you find role players, you can use ADRIA's learner forum to connect with other members, request role-players from anywhere in the province, offer to role-play for others, and suggest times. Note that forum participants must be ADRIA members.
Once you have arranged role-players and have a date and time, please register and pay for your session online. Only the person who will be practicing as the mediator in the role-play needs to register - you will be asked to provide the names of your role-player(s) and the time and date you have agreed to. When ADRIA has confirmed a coach for your session, you will receive a confirmation email.
Communication Skills or Negotiation
Total: 1.5 hours (40 minute role-play followed by feedback, questions, drills)
Total: 1.5 hours (1 hour role-play followed by feedback)
You can choose your own role-play or you can ask ADRIA to choose one for you and distribute to your role players.
If you have specific materials or competencies you wish to cover in the role-play, please inform ADRIA when you register.
Sign up for an Online Practice Session
If you need a reminder, here is a copy of the facilitative Mediation Model.
Note that our online practice sessions do not qualify as a mediation or evaluation for the purposes of applying for an ADR Designation, but if you are working towards a Qualified Mediator Designation you can check the Qualified Mediator Supervised Mock Mediation form for the criteria you would be asked to demonstrate. If you are working towards a Chartered Mediator Designation, you can review the Chartered Mediator Assessment for the criteria you would be required to meet.
Alberta's association of mediators and arbitrators.
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