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

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

Forrest S. Mosten

ISBN: 978-0-787-95703-2 September 2001 Jossey-Bass 312 Pages

Description

In this definitive guide, Forrest Mosten--an internationallyrecognized mediation expert--helps would-be mediators answer thecritical question "Do I have the values, skills, personality, andcommitment necessary to mediate?"
A comprehensive resource, the book also explores a wealth of timelytopics 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 isfilled with practice tips, self-surveys, diagrams, readingresources, a list of training programs and volunteer opportunities,budget forms, and model standards of conduct. This hands-onresource is designed to make the challenging journey of becoming apeacemaker a one-step-at-a-time manageable process.
Preface.

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.

Notes.

About the Author.

Index.
"This volume anticipates and answers all the practical questionsabout becoming a mediator and provides a map for those interestedin successfully traveling the mediation path." (Jay Folberg,professor of law and mediator, University of San Francisco and pastpresident, Academy of Family Mediators and Association of Familyand Conciliation Courts)

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

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

Recommended Book of the Month (November): Mediation Career Guide byForrest S. Mosten. If you have ever considered trying to makemediation your day job, this is the book to buy and read. It willhelp you decide if you have the skills, personality and commitmentnecessary to become a full-time mediator. It starts by pointing outthe time and difficulty three famouse mediators had in establishingtheir careers (Mosten, Meirding and Melamed) and then gives furtherexamples. It has self assesment materials (usefull ones, not fluff)and contains a solid, direct and applied set of tools for marketingyour practice, considering your options, and developing yourself asa mediator. NOT merely a collection of handouts, previous materialsor musings, well edited and complete. (Stephen R. Marsh, a mediatorin Dallas, Texas. http://adrr.com/index.htm ADR Resources)

"This book applies useful advice about operating a professionalservices business to the special needs of mediators and is thus avaluable resource to both new and seasoned practitioners. (VirginiaMediation Network News, 1/02)"This volume anticipates and answers all the practical questionsabout becoming a mediator and provides a map for those interestedin successfully traveling the mediation path." --Jay Folberg,professor of law and mediator, University of San Francisco and pastpresident, Academy of Family Mediators and Association of Familyand Conciliation Courts

"For all aspiring mediators who have asked the question "How doI make mediation my career?" this book is for you.'" --BernardMayer, partner, CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado, and author ofThe Dynamics of Conflict Resolution

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