Innovation in training Family Mediators in England and Wales

  • Amel Ketani Surrey University and BPP University, United Kingdom
Keywords: Education, Learning, Teaching, Innovation, Assessments, Portfolio, Mediators and Law

Abstract

The purpose and goal of this paper is to consider how it is possible to improve the current mediation training in England and Wales. A significant recommendation made in this paper concerns the duration and method of delivery of the family mediation training. The current training only lasts two weeks and does not give sufficient time for family mediators to perhaps fully absorb the key skills and understandings surrounding their work. Therefore the suggestion made in this paper is that the training should last one year and should be awarded upon successful completion of all classroom and online course requirements (blended learning approach to teaching).The Centre for Conflict Resolution offers a number of Information Sessions throughout the year. This paper also considers whether the program electives should allow trainees to concentrate on specific modules and expand their learning in a wide range of areas related to working with families in conflict. It is recommended that each module should assess trainees either through a Multiple Choice Test (MCT), a viva, a role play, a coursework or a written assessment.

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Published
2020-09-21
How to Cite
Ketani, A. (2020). Innovation in training Family Mediators in England and Wales. Proceedings of the ENTRENOVA - ENTerprise REsearch InNOVAtion Conference (Online), 6(1), 50-59. Retrieved from https://proceedings.entrenova.org/entrenova/article/view/309
Section
General Economics and Teaching