Six Rivers Master Mediator Volunteer Program

In 2009 Six Rivers initiated the Master Mediator volunteer development program as a way to ensure continued skill building opportunities and proficiency for our mediators.

As a Six Rivers volunteer you will be presented with many opportunities to grow and develop as a mediator; this four phase program allows volunteers to gain varying levels of mediation certification and encourages continuous progression with a series of skill development classes, mediation practice groups, mediation observations, and community outreach presentations.

Phase 1:

1. Successfully complete Six Rivers’ 40 hour Mediator Training Course and associated program materials. Alternative training programs are acceptable with Director’s approval.
2. Develop a list of professional goals pertaining to your future as a mediator; this list will be reviewed and assessed with Director prior to advancement to Phase 2.
3. Observe 3 mediations facilitated by Lead Mediators or Mediator Mentors; take notes on your observations and actively participate in the debriefing session.
4. Attend 5 mediation practice group sessions, acting as mediator in at least 3 sessions.
5. Co-mediate at least 5 mediation sessions, 2 must be within 6 months of proceeding to Phase 2. (A total of three mediation or practice group sessions must be observed by Director)
6. Meet with Lead or Mediator Mentor that you mediated with to discuss co-mediation, skill development, and successes as a mediator.
7. Attend at least 4 Continuing Education Classes offered or approved by Six Rivers.
8. Further your knowledge by reading 2+ books and/or watching videos from the Six Rivers Master Mediator Library.
9. When you feel that you are ready to advance to Phase 2, schedule a meeting with the Director to discuss and analyze your progress thus far as well as future goals and necessary skill development.

Phase 2:

1. Co-mediate at least 5 mediation sessions, participating in debriefing sessions afterwards; practice groups can count for 2 mediations. 2 mediation sessions must be within 6 months of proceeding to Phase 3.
2. Participate in at least 4 more mediation practice group sessions. (A total of two mediation or practice group sessions must be observed by Director)
3. Assist Lead Mediator and/or Mediator Mentor with 2 education outreach presentations aimed at teaching conflict resolution skills to the broader community.
4. Attend a minimum of 5 Continuing Education Classes offered or approved by Six Rivers; 2 classes must be within 6 months of proceeding to Phase 3.
5. Read Getting to Yes, by Roger Fisher and William Ury, in addition to 3 articles from the Six Rivers Master Mediator Library.
6. Reflect on your professional goals that you developed as a Mediator Intern and note what you have accomplished and how you will work to accomplish those goals which you have yet to obtain.
7. When you feel that you are ready to advance to Phase 3, schedule a meeting with the Director to discuss and analyze your progress thus far as well as future goals and necessary skill development.

Phase 3:

1. Continue participating in mediations, at least 6 mediations over a 2 year span. Practice groups can count for 2 mediations; 2 mediations must be within 6 months of proceeding to Phase 4.
2. Design and implement 2 education outreach presentations aimed at teaching conflict resolution skills in the community; at least 1 presentation must be dedicated to youth. Other options include but are not limited to: Community Groups, Neighborhood Associations, Attorneys, etc.
3. Attend a minimum of 3 Continuing Education Classes offered or approved by Six Rivers, (not including classes lead to fulfill Lead Mediator requirements.)
4. Co-teach a minimum of 2 Continuing Education Classes for Six Rivers.
5. Read 1 book from the Six Rivers Master Mediator Library.
6. Develop two new professional development goals to be added to the list created as a Mediator Intern, identifying areas of weakness in which to focus attention; this is a good time to identify if you are interested in working to become a Mediation Mentor.
7. When and if you have the desire and feel that you are ready to advance to Phase 4, schedule a meeting with the Director to discuss and analyze your progress thus far as well as future goals and necessary skill development.

Phase 4:

1. Continue participating in mediations on a regular basis; at least 4 mediations a year are required to be a Mediation Mentor.
2. Facilitate at least 3 mediation practice group sessions every year.
3. Design and implement 3 education outreach presentations every 2 years aimed at teaching conflict resolution skills in the community.
4. Teach a minimum of 3 Continuing Education Classes every 2 years; at least one class must be new subject material from classes taught as a Lead Mediator.
5. Attend at least 2 additional Continuing Education Classes offered or approved by Six Rivers each year.
6. Aside from debriefing sessions, meet with Mediator Intern/Mediator after a co-mediation to provide feedback that will help them improve as a mediator.
7. Schedule a meeting with the Director every 6 months to discuss your performance and where and how you should focus your attention to improve as a Mediation Mentor.

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Click here to download Six Rivers' Master Mediator foundational criteria