Interested in training as a family mediator? See below for FAQs and explanations.
We offer training to equip people to work as family mediators within Services that are members of Relationships Scotland. The foundation level training is the Certificate in Family Mediation (Accredited). This course covers the social and legal context of family life in Scotland, the needs of children and families, particularly those experiencing separation or divorce/dissolution, the process and practice of mediation and the underlying theories such as conflict and power. This course does not assume any prior knowledge of mediation. Family Mediators then go on to complete the Certificate in Family Mediation (Registered). This course builds upon the learning from the CFM (A) and integrates learning from mediation practice, self-directed reading and CPD training events.
We also offer continuing professional development courses and events for mediators to develop their knowledge and skills further and can deliver customised training for organisations interested in mediation, and the skills associated with mediation.
We have over 30 years of experience in delivering training for family mediators. Our mediation courses are managed, delivered and awarded by Relationships Scotland and lead to an award on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, both stages have been awarded 25 credits at SCQF level 9. The courses have been credit rated by Edinburgh Napier University and external professional validation is from The College of Mediators. Relationships Scotland is approved as an organisation to accredit mediators by the Lord President of the Court of Session. As a result, family mediators who successfully complete our training can then join the Relationships Scotland Register of Family Mediators and are protected under the Civil Evidence (Family Mediation) (Scotland) Act 1995.
It is important that family mediators are articulate and interested in people, with excellent communication and listening skills. It is desirable that they have a qualification or experience in a related field. They are expected to be able to work at degree level (SCQF level 9) and to be computer literate. The selection criteria can be found in our Course Guide.
Participants need to have a practice base in a Service that is a member of Relationships Scotland. Selection is carried out by Member Services who recruit according to their need for more mediators.
In order to participate in the CFM (R), participants must be an Accredited Mediator working in a Service that is a Member of Relationships Scotland and have completed the CFM (A) or equivalant.
Yes, Member Services follow a formal selection process which includes the completion of an application form and an interview. For the Certificate in Family Mediation (Accredited) this usually takes place in Spring, however Member Services would recruit according to their need for more mediators.
Our training is delivered by qualified and experienced mediators and trainers from the National Office or the Relationships Scotland network. We also bring in specialist presenters where appropriate.
The first stage of the training, the Certificate in Family Mediation (Accredited), is a combination of distance learning; nine training days; and service-based practice learning, which includes mentored co-mediation practice and supervision. Students are expected to participate in interactive training exercises and extensive skills practice. Students evidence their learning through written work and assessed mediation practice. An estimated 250 hours of work is required over a period of 12 to 18 months.
The second stage, the Certificate in Family Mediation (Registered), is a combination of service based practice learning, including a minimum of 30 hours mediation practice and supervision; distance learning, including self-directed reading; and attendance at two Continuing Professional Development events. Mediators evidence their learning through written work, mediation practice and a Registration Panel. An estimated 250 hours of work is required over a period of 18 to 24 months.
Both stages of the training are part-time and a significant proportion of it is distance learning, providing a great deal of flexibility. The Certificate in Family Mediation (Accredited) training events take place on weekend dates that are fixed and it is important that everyone participates in these. The service-based practice learning can be arranged with the Member Service. Mediation is offered during the day although it can be offered to clients in the evenings and at weekends depending on the Member Service. Mediators need to be flexible and available for practice, supervision and meetings.
The training is managed, delivered and awarded by Relationships Scotland and leads to an award on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, both stages have been awarded 25 credits at SCQF level 9. The courses have been credit rated by Edinburgh Napier University and external professional validation is from The College of Mediators. Accredited and Registered mediators are also in a position to join the Scottish Mediation Register of Mediators.
Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Family Mediation (Accredited) mediators achieve Accredited mediator status with Relationships Scotland and are eligible to solo mediate within the Member Service. Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Family Mediation (Registered) mediators achieve Registered mediator status with Relationships Scotland. Accredited and Registered mediators are protected under the Civil Evidence (Family Mediation) (Scotland) Act 1995 and are eligible to join the Scottish Mediation Register of Mediators.
This may vary between Member Services due to local funding. The cost of training to be a family mediator is subsidised by the Member Service and the National Office. Students may also be expected to make a financial contribution. Further information about the cost of training to be a family mediator can be discussed with the Member Service manager.
If relevant training in family mediation has already been undertaken, it may be possible to gain exemption from certain parts of the course. Assessment is made through the Relationships Scotland Accreditation of Prior Learning and Experience process. Each application is considered on its own merit and evidence of prior learning or experience needs to be provided.
The expectation is that mediators would continue working for their Member Service after the successful completion of their training. This is often on a sessional basis, with times agreed between the mediator and the Member Service to meet client needs. Most services pay an hourly rate, although some mediators work on a voluntary basis.
All mediators are required to meet the Relationships Scotland Practice Standards for Family Mediators in order to remain on the Relationships Scotland Register of Family Mediators. This includes undertaking a minimum number of hours of mediation practice, supervision and continuing professional development per year.
The recruitment and selection of trainee mediators has been postponed due to Covid 19 restrictions. To find the contact details of your nearest Member Service go to https://www.relationships-scotland.org.uk/find-a-local-service
Our trainee mediators share their experience of the Certificate in Family Mediation (Accredited):
“Interesting and varied articles, journals and books are available, along with the online short videos to support distance learning…The build-up of the Units was helpful and the division of subjects within each unit was clear and supported my learning.”
“Co-mediation and supervision really helped to bring the theory to life and give me confidence to put the process into action and to explore different areas of mediation.”
“The combination of the theory and practice skills during the training days, co-mediation, Unit exercises, essay and case study along with Supervision supports the trainee to receive all skills and competencies to become a well-rounded mediator.”
Our accredited mediators share their experience of the Certificate in Family Mediation (Registered):
“There is no doubt that for me the combination of course materials, learning activities, self-directed reading and supported practice skills combined to support my progression and growth towards this final Registration stage.”
“I received excellent support from my local service and supervisor throughout the course and found this invaluable. The focus on supervision and reflective practice helped me develop my practice and complete all aspects of the course.”
“The Integrated Case Study was a really useful exercise: it provided a structured way of reflecting on different models and theories and how I have explored and applied these in specific situations. It has helped me to develop my understanding of how theory and practice are linked and inform each other.”
For more information about the course contact, ring 0345 119 2020 and speak to Diana in the Professional Practice Department
Our mediators share their experience of the Certificate in Family Mediation (Accredited) and the Certificate in Family Mediation (Registered):
“Mentored co-mediation brought my learning to life and I was very well supported with this by my Service.” CFM(A)
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course – the facilitators were excellent and created a genuinely supportive environment which encouraged learning.” CFM(A)
“It’s been an amazing experience and I am enjoying my new found confidence as a Registered Family Mediator.” CFM(R)
“The course was well designed, challenging, varied, effective and highly enjoyable. I feel that the course catered well for people from very different backgrounds and encouraged personal and professional development in a variety of ways.” CFM(R)