CEDR EU Train the trainers programme
Enabling consistency of mediation training across Europe
Dates: August 2011 – April 2012
“In Greece there is a growing demand for trained trainers. The high quality train-the-trainers programme offered by CEDR was exactly what we needed. Such programme will not only allow us to be included in the group of trained trainers but also will help us to draft our own programme in Greek.” Ioanna Anastassopolou, Hellenic Mediation and Arbitration Centre, Greece
What is the project?
CEDR, supported by the European Union, has delivered the Mediator Skills Master Trainer project in 10 countries across Europe. This project is designed for commercial mediation trainers and intends to build a consistently high standard of commercial mediation training delivery across the EU. Each training programme lasted three days and taught the eight to ten local participants the skills necessary to become a more effective mediation trainer.
This programme follows the implementation of the EU Directive on Cross-Border Mmediation in spring 2011 and seeks to complement and assist the on-going development of knowledge, uptake and application of mediation across Europe.
The project’s courses requires that we partner with a local partner organisation in each country and as such CEDR has therefore built further links with local ADR training organisations, further extending the international reach of our expertise. The project has enabled CEDR to work with local ADR training bodies to develop mediation training delivery and to continue to promote high quality mediation skills. We have formed working partnerships with organisations such as the Croatian Mediation Association, Convirgente in Portugal and the Colegi de Notaris de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. CEDR has also delivered the course in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, France and Finland. Participants included Judges, lawyers, other professionals and conflict management practitioners. All of the participants are active in training mediators in their countries, and represent a crucial step in building the a consistently high standard of training throughout Europe.
CEDR has refocused its training material to be country specific and manage the expectations and level of training delivery ability in each country. Further to this we will be developing an area on the website to specifically address the continued professional development of the local mediation trainers with CEDR going forward.
Building International links
As one of its Foundation activities, CEDR has already created the International ADR Trainers Network (as discussed further in this document), as a forum for sharing ideas about current mediation practice internationally, innovations in the field of ADR training delivery and developing practice standards for ADR trainers worldwide. CEDR hopes that aims to engage its new partners in Europe will to join the regular exchanges about practices worldwide, to learn from each other and thereby fostering better and more consistent international training standards.
“This training has helped us to advance skill of our trainers and to provide better training performance in the future in our country but even much broader. It should strengthen even more our present position in the mediation field in Croatia.” Srdan Simac, Croatian Mediation Association, Croatia