Training 2020

Cost: R8 750.00 (50%  payable on application) Prices are subject to change due to catering


NGOs: R7 750.00 (50% payable on application) Prices are subject to change due to catering


(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


training together with other FAMAC mediators. The FAMAC course is accredited by NABFAM


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.

Click link for application form: Application 2020

N.B. Please include a copy of your formal qualification and ID

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