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Mediation Career Guide: A Strategic Approach to Building a Successful Practice

Mediation Career Guide: A Strategic Approach to Building a Successful Practice

Forrest S. Mosten

ISBN: 978-0-787-95703-2

Sep 2001, Jossey-Bass

312 pages

Select type: Paperback

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In this definitive guide, Forrest Mosten--an internationally recognized mediation expert--helps would-be mediators answer the critical question ""Do I have the values, skills, personality, and commitment necessary to mediate?""
A comprehensive resource, the book also explores a wealth of timely topics including the need to establish standards of the profession, how to maintain confidentiality, the pros and cons of co-mediation, and the place of mediation in the process of court and law reform. Straightforward and reader-friendly, the Mediation Career Guide is filled with practice tips, self-surveys, diagrams, reading resources, a list of training programs and volunteer opportunities, budget forms, and model standards of conduct. This hands-on resource is designed to make the challenging journey of becoming a peacemaker a one-step-at-a-time manageable process.

PART ONE: Is Mediation Right for You?

1. Can Mediation Be Your Day Job?

2. Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Mediator?

3. Can You Do the Work?

4. Education and Training.

5. Job Opportunities in Mediation.

PART TWO: Building Your Career as a Mediator.

6. Creating Your Mediation Signature.

7. Expanding Your Mediation Services.

8. Defining Your Target Market.

9. Creating a Mediation-Friendly Environment.

PART THREE: The Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice.

10. Setting Up Your Office.

11. Strategic Planning and Investing in Yourself.

12. Managing Your Practice.

13. Marketing Your Practice Effectively.

14. What Do You Do Next Monday?

EPILOGUE: The Evolving Field of Mediation.

APPENDIX 1: Mediator Self-Survey.

APPENDIX 2: Professional Standards and Model Legislation.

APPENDIX 3: Mediation Training and Educational Programs.

APPENDIX 4: Books and Resources.

APPENDIX 5: Mediation Organizations.

APPENDIX 6: Sample Opportunities in Conflict Resolution.

APPENDIX 7: Sample Budget Forms.

APPENDIX 8: Sample Practice Forms.

APPENDIX 9: Mediation Pledge.


About the Author.

""This volume anticipates and answers all the practical questions about becoming a mediator and provides a map for those interested in successfully traveling the mediation path."" (Jay Folberg, professor of law and mediator, University of San Francisco and past president, Academy of Family Mediators and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)

""For all aspiring mediators who have asked the question ""How do I make mediation my career?"" this book is for you.'""(Bernard Mayer, partner, CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado, and author of The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution )

""A complete (how is it that he misses nothing?) and practical guide filled with brilliant ideas, useful tools, 'just go do it' insights, and invaluable advice for all.""(Daniel Bowling, executive director, Association for Conflict Resolution)

Recommended Book of the Month (November): Mediation Career Guide by Forrest S. Mosten. If you have ever considered trying to make mediation your day job, this is the book to buy and read. It will help you decide if you have the skills, personality and commitment necessary to become a full-time mediator. It starts by pointing out the time and difficulty three famouse mediators had in establishing their careers (Mosten, Meirding and Melamed) and then gives further examples. It has self assesment materials (usefull ones, not fluff) and contains a solid, direct and applied set of tools for marketing your practice, considering your options, and developing yourself as a mediator. NOT merely a collection of handouts, previous materials or musings, well edited and complete. (Stephen R. Marsh, a mediator in Dallas, Texas. ADR Resources)

""This book applies useful advice about operating a professional services business to the special needs of mediators and is thus a valuable resource to both new and seasoned practitioners. (Virginia Mediation Network News, 1/02)