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Continuing Professional Development

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. CPD has an underlying ethical premise that asserts that clients have a right to expect competent and skilled practitioners. Thus every Mediator has a responsibility to maintain and develop knowledge and skills, and alongside the individual responsibility, lies the professional Institute's obligation to provide the means whereby this can happen.Most professional bodies acknowledge that CPD is a commitment to lifelong learning with an emphasis on 'home skills', thus for the MII, the emphasis is on mediation skills.The MII requires that all practising Members complete a minimum of CPD hours and has agreed a CPD points system.

Additional mandatory training required for mediating with Separating Couples - 

40 hours Separating Couples training is mandatory for members who wish to be certified to mediate with Separating Couples. See Accredited Family Training for upcoming courses


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  • CPD courses are listed for advertising purposes and are not accredited by the MII.
  • Not all courses are run the MII. Please contact the training organisations listed for the course for more information

Little Voices in Big Decisions: The Child in Family Mediation

Presented by NUI Maynooth. From Mon 21 Aug 2017 to Mon 21 Aug 2017

NUI Maynooth

Development workshops for our Graduates and colleagues in the field of mediation and conflict intervention.

On 21st August we are delighted to host Little Voices in Big Decisions: The Child in Family Mediation with Lindara Kiely on 21st August 9.30am to 5pm. The workshop looks at interventions that can happen in mediation to counteract the fact that the voice of the child can be lost when parents are suffering the trauma of separation, rejection and guilt. To apply please click below. Participants must have completed a mediation course accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland to attend.

Hearing the Voice of the Child in Family Mediation

Date:21st August 2017

Times:9:30am to 4:30pm

Session Fee:€75.00

WebsiteEdward M Kennedy Institute

Email or

Phone: 087 993 6237 - Catherine O'Connell


Mediation to manage separation and divorce is reputed to have better outcomes for children than court. However, parents in mediation are often stressed, angry, emotionally charged and / or grieving and are not always able to focus on their children’s best interests and needs at that time. Therefore, it is the mediator who must bring these voices into the room and most importantly allow them to be heard and acted upon.

This one-day practice orientated workshop will enable you to:

  • Examine the implication of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2016 and the much anticipated Mediation Bill 2017 for Family Mediators
  • Develop skills in changing the focus of parents from their conflict to their children’s issues
  • Explore different ways to bring the needs and wishes of children into play metaphorically
  • Discuss the issues around child consultation in mediation
  • Practice skill development using role play

Facilitator: Lindara Kiely, Family Mediator, M.A. Mediation and Conflict Intervention

All participants must be mediators registered with the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent.

Lunch is not provided: Restaurants are available on campus and in Maynooth town

More information and enrolment


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CINERGY™ Conflict Management Coaching Workshop

Presented by Catherine O'Connell. From Mon 17 Jul 2017 to Thu 20 Jul 2017

NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare

This four-day intensive workshop will enable participants to begin coaching clients on a one to one basis immediately to find better ways of managing conflict situations and communicating in difficult circumstances. You will:

• learn the 7 stage CINERGY™ process

• develop a good understanding of conflict dynamics and coaching principles

• Leave the workshop with an ability to begin coaching clients straight away

• experience the coaching process from point of view of coach, client and observer.

• Have access to post course support, workbook and training materials

Participants on the CINERGY™ Conflict Management Coaching workshop are often Coaches, Mediators, H.R. Consultants and Managers, Senior and Line Managers and Therapists. Persons may attend coaching to learn how to have difficult conversations, to be more assertive, to be able to attend mediation and staying on message. The course includes a large volume of highly mentored skills practice to give participants the best possible learning experience.

Dates: 17, 18 , 19 and 20 July2017  9.30am to 5pm

Venue: Edward Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University

Cost: €1,350.00 reduced to €1,050 early bird price up to 30th June

Facilitator Catherine O’Connell

Contact: Catherine at 0879936237 or

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Presented by Brendan Schutte. From Tue 04 Jul 2017 to Tue 04 Jul 2017

NUI Maynooth

A practical, skills-based approach to mediating in workplace cases involving allegations of bullying or harassment. It will be an active day with plenty of practice, questions and review of learning. Discussion of the participants’ own experience will be welcomed. Students will explore:

> Explanations and definitions of ‘bullying’ and ‘harassment’, including reference to cases.

> What typically happens when this issue is raised?

> Dilemmas in B&H cases; Can they actually be mediated?

> Bias and pre-conceived ideas in B&H cases.

> Some important concepts: - Labels, Listening and Reframing

> Skills practice: opening meetings, introductions, joint meeting sharing, joint meeting and agreement.

> Mending the ‘broken record’

> Increasing empathy

> Learning review

Facilitator Brendan Schutte, Workplace Conflict Management Specialist Practitioner, Lecturer and Author; B. Comm., Postgraduate Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Intervention

Tuesday 4th July from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Price: €75.00

Lunch is not provided: Restaurants are available on campus and in Maynooth town

All participants must be mediators registered with the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent.

For further information please contact Catherine O’Connell 0879936237

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Cognitive Systemic Mediation for Complex and High Conflict Cases with Judge Nancy Flatters CA

Presented by Judge Nancy Flatters. From Wed 31 May 2017 to Thu 01 Jun 2017

Kennedy Institute NUI Maynooth


Summer Sessions Developing Professional Competence

Cognitive Systemic Mediation for Complex and High Conflict Cases with Judge Nancy Flatters CA

This is a rare opportunity for Mediators to work with the seasoned mediator and trainer and retired Judge Nancy Flatters from Alberta, Canada. Judge Flatters teaches participants to work in the Cognitive Systemic Model of mediation from the Milan School as advanced and developed by Dr. John Haynes. This style of mediation gives further practical skills to mediators in all contexts and in particular when working with complex cases and high conflict clients. Participants will:

•    Learn about the theory of and practice using the Five Stage Haynes Mediation Model 

•    Explore the Role of the Mediator particular to this model of mediation the Role of Questions in Cognitive Systemic Mediation 

•    Develop proficiency asking different types of questions for different objectives and contexts 

•    Gain  proficiency  in  being  able  to  de-escalate  conflict  in  the  room to enable clients to work 

•    Develop skills using the model by practicing in family mediation and workplace contexts 


Dates: 31st May and  1st June  9.30am to 4.30pm        Price €250.00 for two days including work materials and refreshments:  Discount of €55.00 applies for payment received by 19th May, 2017 

All participants must be mediators registered with the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent.  

For further information please contact Catherine O’Connell 0879936237

To book online please apply here


 “If you can’t see good in your clients, then dig for it!” John Haynes (1932 – 1999) 

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Introduction to Elder Mediation

Presented by Later Life Mediation. From Thu 09 Mar 2017 to Thu 09 Mar 2017

Avila, Bloomfield Avenue, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
7 CPD Points

Organisation/Trainer: Frances Stephenson and Brian O’Neill, Later Life Mediation

Price: MII members: €150.00/Non-MII members: €175.00. Tea/Coffee will be provided at breaks in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not provided. Facilities are available if participants wish to bring a pack lunch. There are also a number of cafes in the area.

Course Details

This course provides an introduction for mediators to the specific knowledge base, sensitivities and complexities involved in mediating age-related issues in adult families.

The training hours are recognised by the MII for 7 CPD hours and by the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN) for certification purposes.

For more information contact Later Life Mediation by email or phone 087 390 2547

Course Content 

• Overview of the specific knowledge  and skills required for Elder Mediation including Dementia, Capacity, Legal issues, Elder Abuse, Bereavement, Grief and Loss, Ageism and managing intergenerational dynamics

• Case Studies revealing the specifics of Elder Mediation

• The Emergence of Elder Mediation internationally and in Ireland


• Transfer of learning through skills practice

 Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain an insight into:

• the specific knowledge and skills required to function as an Elder Mediator 

• the benefits of Elder Mediation to adult families 

• challenges encountered by presenters in their own cases. 

The course will be interactive and will allow time for discussion and questions.

Later Life Mediation is a not for profit company specialising in Elder Mediation  and Training. Later Life Mediator mediators are internationally accredited with EMIN and members of the Mediators Institute of Ireland.


First come, first served based on payment received.  Email for a booking form

Minimum number of  participants is 12


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