|Learn the techniques to develop a reputation for skilled, cost-efficient resolution of client problems
About this Course
This five-day course deals specifically with divorce mediation. Divorce mediation requires practitioners who are personable, articulate and who have good listening skills. For effective mediation, it is also advantageous if the practitioner has practical experience in working with divorcing couples.
Whether you wish to practice as a mediator or be in a position to advise your clients or represent them at mediations, you will benefit greatly from attending the course.
In recent times Alternative Dispute Resolution is becoming more popular as a means to resolve divorce and family disputes. It is in the interest of legal practitioners to familiarise themselves with the process and techniques of mediation.
The Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA’s) Legal Education and Development (LEAD) division’s mediation courses are primarily designed to prepare legal practitioners and candidate legal practitioners to be mediators and to advise clients on the mediation process.
Success in today’s legal environment requires mastering a variety of techniques to help clients achieve a cost-effective solution to their disputes. The course presenters are experienced, practising mediators and the teaching methodology will essentially be learning-by-doing, which will include working through case studies. The training is intensive and demanding and requires hard work and dedication. This course is presented in English only.
Outline of programme
Success in today’s legal environment requires mastering a variety of techniques to help clients achieve a cost-effective solution to their disputes. The programme will include:
• General introduction to mediation and legal background.– The effects of divorce on adults and children.
• Basic communication skills.
• The agreement to mediate.
• Stages in the mediation process.
• Specific issues, such as confidentiality, side meetings, dealing with deadlock and manipulation.
• Setting the agenda.
• Focussing on the children, including parenting plans, and the children’s participation in the mediation process.
• Financial implications of divorce – dealing with issues of maintenance and distribution of assets and liabilities.
• Domestic violence.
• Memorandum of Understanding.
• Legal ethics.
The event conforms to the standards for Court-Annexed Mediation published by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and accredited by the National Board of Family Mediators (NABFAM). Please note that participants will be entitled to apply for accreditation as divorce mediators and not as court mediators, which requires other training.
IMPORTANT: All participants are required to attend all five-days of the course for which they will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion/Attendance from LEAD. This will enable participants to apply to their local service provider for accreditation as divorce mediators. Participants who fail to attend the full five-days will not receive a Certificate of Successful Completion/Attendance.