AIMS OF THE COURSE
The course provides introductory training to equip lawyers and mental health practitioners to mediate alone and together with a co-mediator on all issues relating to family and divorce mediation, following the FAMAC Code of Practice.
The training is designed:
1. to bring together experienced practitioners – lawyers, therapists, social workers – who have considerable knowledge and skills in their own disciplines;
2. to help those practitioners make the transition from the role of lawyer, therapist etc to the different role of mediator;
3. to develop skills in managing conflict, facilitating communication, handling power imbalances, and dealing with deadlock;
4. to explore issues such as communication between mediators and the parties' own legal advisers; decisions to terminate mediation; the involvement of children and other family members
The course puts emphasis on developing skills through practical exercises such as role-play. There is no expectation that course members become experts in each other's disciplines in the space of five days. There is therefore very little legal education or teaching about family systems, the emotional stages of divorce and children's reactions to parental divorce. Reading lists will be provided and course members will be expected to do their own homework to fill in gaps or extend their knowledge of subjects with which they are relatively unfamiliar.
Mediators need sufficient grasp of the context – emotional, legal, economic, social – in which mediation takes place, but the focus of the course is on mediation methods and skills rather than on areas of background knowledge familiar to at least half the group. The aim is not to turn lawyers into counsellors or therapists or vice versa, but to teach a structured method of comprehensive mediation and to develop interdisciplinary partnerships between mediators from different disciplines. We are concerned to set and maintain high standards in this field of cross-disciplinary work. It offers challenges that call for personal qualities such as imagination, sensitivity, flexibility, clear thinking and the ability to trust one's co-worker. A sense of humour is probably indispensable.
FAMAC does not undertake to supply mediators with work, but all marketing carried out by FAMAC promotes accredited mediators, whose names appear on the panel which is circulated.
The 40 hour Divorce Mediation Training as follows:
** Our mediation training for 2019 has been completed. As soon as 2020 dates are confirmed, these will be posted together with amended fees **
Thursday – 09h00 – 17h00
Friday – 09h00 – 17h00
Saturday – 09h00 – 17h00
Friday - 09h00 – 17h00
Saturday – 09h00 – 17h00
Venue: The Law Clinic, Stellenbosch
Cost: R8250.00 (50% payable on application) Prices are subject to change due to catering requirements.
NGOs: R7250.00 (50% payable on application) Prices are subject to change due to catering requirements.
(Deposit not refundable if cancelled less than two weeks prior to the training)
Note: Cost includes documentation, parking, tea/coffee and meals. Full fee to be paid two weeks prior to training unless otherwise negotiated. It is essential to attend every session over the two weeks.
The FAMAC model of mediation is cross-disciplinary, as is the method of training, with an anchor mediator training together with other FAMAC mediators. The FAMAC course is accredited by NABFAM