Mediators are professionals dedicated to guiding those in conflict toward peace. Transformative mediators subscribe to a specific, positive philosophy. They believe in peoples’ power to understand each other better through supported conversation, often without the pressure of involving lawyers. If this sounds compelling to you, you can become a mediator too.
What Does a Mediator Actually Do?
Mediation is an alternative method of legal conflict resolution that’s commonly used in divorce, workplace disputes, and any other case that could potentially escalate to litigation. Rather than slug it out in the courtroom, both parties agree to meet in a neutral space and seek resolution through conversation.
A single mediator leads these discussions and works for both parties. Using active listening, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence, a mediator empowers both sides to resolve conflict with a mutually agreeable solution.
What Kind of Experiences Should I Have to Become a Mediator?
There is no single career path toward mediation. Mediators often have experience as lawyers, attorneys, or psychologists, but any professional with experience resolving conflict can become a mediator with the right training. While many lawyers and retired judges work as mediators, with the right training, you too can excel at transformative mediation.
What Education Do I Need?
There is no “right” educational path for mediators, and there is no requirement to be licensed as a mediator.
Some universities have conflict resolution programs; relevant majors include: peace studies, psychology, interpersonal communication, and pre-law.
Graduate school, though not necessary, has helped some mediators elevate their career. Mediators with experience as an attorney will have a bachelor’s degree and 3 years of law school. Some mediators might have a Ph.D. in counseling or an MBA with a concentration in dispute resolution. But again, this level of education is not necessary in order for you to work as a mediator.
Currently, states don’t have specific legislation regulating careers in conflict resolution. However, some type of formal mediation training and certification is required by most organizations who hire mediators.
How Much Money Will I Make as a Mediator?
Pay will fluctuate depending on your education, experience, specialty, and workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), group arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators earn an average of $72,730 a year, with the profession’s top 10% earning over $120,000.
How Can I Get Started?
You can start right here! Simon Mediation offers both in-person and online seminars. We don’t just train you in mediation; we train you in the art of Transformative Mediation.
Transformative Mediation addresses conflict at its core rather than just focusing on its symptoms. It acknowledges that conflict is relational, not just an attempt by individuals to meet their own needs. Transformative mediation empowers the parties involved to discuss whatever aspect of the conflict they choose—whether they want to delve deeply into personal issues or proceed efficiently to the terms of a settlement.
As a transformative mediator, you will be the one to inspire and support this conversation, providing a space for parties to better understand themselves and each other This certification process includes Simon Mediation’s Basic Course, Advanced Course, and Certification Process. Find our upcoming training events here.
The most important thing to know about mediation is that you will change lives—for the better. Are you ready to gain the power to grant peace and reach a resolution? Learn more about Simon Mediation certification trainings here.
By Dan Simon