Dublin & Nationwide
Course Structure: The course will comprise of online lectures combined with onsite practical and skills workshops. Participants will be able to access the lectures online, and the webcasts can be watched at a time suitable to the participant
Hours in training: 40
Hours outside training: Minimum 20 hours independent study
Venue: The Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place Dublin 7 and webcast online
Course Timings: Three onsite Friday & Saturday sessions with online release of supplemental lectures.
Max number on course: 30
Upcoming Programme Dates:
Next course beginning on 5th October 2022
On completion of this training programme participants will be able to:
Programme structure and approach to learning
The goal of this diploma is to provide an appreciation of the theoretical foundations of the mediation process and to equip participants with the necessary skills to successfully mediate disputes in a number of different settings. The course and the intensive interactive workshops are designed for those wishing to practice as trained mediators and the diploma is accredited by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII), subject to successful completion of the assessment (see below).
The course design adopts a flipped learning approach whereby online lessons released in advance provide an in-depth review of the process of mediation and its increasing importance in the litigation landscape. We also examine the Mediation Act 2017 which entered into force in 2018 and its objective to promote mediation as a viable, effective and efficient alternative to court proceedings; thereby reducing legal costs, speeding up the resolution of disputes, and relieving the stress involved in court proceedings. This course is designed therefore not only equip participants with the skills to act as a mediator, but also to consider fully how the practice of mediation will be impacted by the new statutory framework. The Act focuses on a number of different aspects of mediation:
Mediation role-plays form the primary focus of our participative and interactive onsite sessions, with contextual and theoretical knowledge issued online in advance of those sessions. The onsite dates are as follows:
The diploma will be assessed by means of a combination of continuous online assessment, a final written assignment and a practical role play assessment facilitated by the Mediators Institute of Ireland. Participants must attend all onsite sessions and complete the 60-hour training programme and pass the role-play assessment to successfully attain the Diploma. The successful completion of which will entitle participants to apply for membership of the (MII). The additional charge of €250 payable to the MII for the role play assessment is included in your course fee. The date of the assessments will be confirmed nearer the time.
Who should attend?
We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €200.
The course is facilitated by experienced mediation practitioners with extensive knowledge and insight of how the mediation process interacts with more traditional forms of dispute resolution.
Organisation: The Law Society of Ireland Duration: 40 hours and 20 hours outside training MII Approved: Yes
The MII accredits mediation training courses which meet set training standards.
The purpose of CPD is to ensure that Mediators keep their knowledge and skills up to date for the benefit of users of their service and for their own personal and professional development.