Welcome to the MII web site. Conflict and disputes are part and parcel of everyday life, whether between family members, neighbours, colleagues or organisations. Mediation offers a flexible and accessible mechanism for people in dispute, or those who want to prevent a dispute arising, to constructively manage their situation.
Mediation is a process whereby an independent, neutral Mediator(s) assists the parties to come to agreement through collaborative engagement. The Mediator’s role is non-judgmental and non- directive. The Mediator is neither judge nor arbitrator and does not adjudicate or give decisions on the rights or wrongs of the actions of the parties. The Mediator supports the parties in identifying their issues and needs, in exploring how those needs can be addressed and facilitates them to reach agreement.
MII Definition of Mediation
Mediation provides a confidential and safe environment for the parties to air their issues and concerns with the other party at first hand and to hear the complaints, issues and concerns that are being made against them. The content of the mediation is confidential to the parties and the Mediator and can only be shared with a third party with the expressed permission of all parties except where natural disclosure would occur. The parties and the Mediator agree the terms of the mediation at the outset of the mediation.
The MII recognises that there are many schools of mediation and the MII does not advocate any one approach or process over another. While the principles of confidentiality, voluntary engagement and self-determination remain the same, the format of the mediation process may vary depending on the Mediator and the type of dispute. Sometimes there are pre-mediation meetings and sometimes the parties spend most of the mediation in the same room and in other cases the parties may never be in the same room or for only a very small part of the mediation.
For more information on the mediation process, please go to Mediation Overview.
The Mediators' Institute of Ireland (the MII) is the professional association for Mediators in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Established in 1992, the MII, a not-for-profit organisation, promotes the use and practice of quality mediation as a process of dispute resolution.
The MII accredits Mediators and mediation training programmes in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It has accessible and transparent assessment procedures, registration procedures, Complaints and Disciplinary procedures and a comprehensive Code of Ethics and Practice which provide clarity and guidance to both Mediators and and those who use mediation in relation to the ethics and use of mediation.
Practising MII Mediators have a high standard of training and accreditation that meet international and professional standards. All Mediators in receipt of a current MII Practising Certificate have been subject to skills assessment, have a compulsory programme of Continuing Professional Development and are bound by the MII Code of Ethics and Practice. They are also required to have appropriate professional indemnity insurance in place and are subject to independent regulation by a majority of non-Mediators.
MII accredited Mediators work throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and further afield, in greatly varying areas and types of dispute resolution. Many work in private practice or in partnerships, while others work within organisations and semi-state bodies, for community organisations and peace initiatives.
For a full listing of MII accredited Mediators available for work and access to their profiles, go to the Find a Mediator facility which lists Mediators who hold a current MII Practising Certificate and are available for work. You may search by location, name, speciality (e.g. Commercial, Family, etc.), region, member type or word (e.g. Construction; Separating Couple; Health etc.) and each profile outlines the Mediator's specific qualifications, training and experience. We suggest that you review a number of profiles and engage directly with a number of Mediators to ascertain the Mediator most suited to your requirements.
To check the membership status of any MII registered member and to ascertain whether a particular member is in receipt of a current MII Practising Certificate, please go to the Registered Members page.
The MII recognises and values the contributions to mediation from people across all areas of society and actively encourages learning and participation at all levels of mediation.
Membership is open to all - from mediation professionals to those who have a general interest in mediation but with no wish to practice.
The MII has Six Categories of Members:
Membership of the MII allows for a range of important benefits to Mediators and those interested in the provision of mediation including:
For information on how to become an MII accredited Mediator, please view our Become a Mediator section.
There is lots of information contained in the MII web site – see below site map. If you require any further information or have any queries, please do not hesitate in contact us by email of phone at 01 609 9190.