MII Member Assessment

Member status assessment is a skills-based assessment. The criteria for the successful outcome of the Member assessment is the demonstration of appropriate application of mediation skills in accordance with the MII Member Assessment Guidelines.

Eligibility: MII Member assessment is open to MII registered Associate Affiliates.

Assessment Process

  1. In advance of the assessment, each candidate will be issued with an outline of the on-the-day procedures.
  2. In advance of the assessment, each candidate will be given information on the role play that they will mediate. This role play will be based on a scenario from their general area of practise.
  3. Each role-play group, will, in general, consist of the assessment candidate, two role-players and an MII Assessor. There may be an additional observer/assessor and/or technical person present.
  4. The MII Assessor sits in on the mediation role-play and assesses the candidate's demonstration of mediation skills in line with MII agreed competencies.
  5. Assessment Protocol:

Your assessment will take approximately 90 minutes.  This time is broken down in the following manner: Camera begins to record

  • 5-10 minutes Preamble:
    The Assessor will ask the Candidate to outline how he/she has handled the referral to date, e.g. preliminary/preparatory separate meetings, agreed ground rules, reference to Agreement to Mediate etc.
  • Plenary session: The camera will start recording and the Candidate will begin the session by briefly outlining the Mediation process and the role of the Mediator and will mediate the dispute for up to 60 minutes.    The Mediator may work with the parties in plenary session throughout or may caucus with each party for some of this period. In such instances, the other party leaves the room and the Mediator continues to work with the remaining party with the video camera running.
  • The main purpose of the assessment is to gauge whether the Mediator has the skills necessary to carry out a competent mediation and not whether they can complete a Mediation in 1 hour.

The final 15-20 minutes is for the Assessor to complete the required documentation. Candidates will not receive any feedback from the Assessor at this point.

  1. Each candidate, on completion of their role-play assessment, will be given a copy of the videoed role-play and a Self-Assessment Form. This self-assessment form is a self-reflective piece to be completed by the candidate, and will be considered by the MII Assessor in their final consideration. The assessment candidate should complete the self-reflection piece having reviewed the video of their role-play. The form should critique the candidates's performance stating why particular techniques were or were not used. The form has to be returned to the MII within 15 working days of the assessment. The self-reflective form must be completed by the assessment candidate without input or advice from other(s). 
    Note: The Member assessment is a skills-based assessment and demonstration of a satisfactory level of skills in the core areas as outlined in the Member Assessment Form is a mandatory requirement.
  2. Each candidate is required to draft a mediation agreement. If their role-play didn't arrive at a written agreement the candidate has the option of drawing up an agreement based on what the agreement might have looked like. The agreement should be submitted with the applicant's self-reflective piece.
  3. The assessment candidates may be asked to play a support role in other role-play assessments on the day.
  4. Each candidate will be informed of the outcome of their assessment within 25 working days of their assessment.
  5. Review Process is available in the event of dispute as to the outcome of assessment.

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