One key benefit for mediators who participate in our online mediation simulations via Skype is discovering that the mediation theory and method they learned during their training are just “one” – not “the only” – theory and method.
For this reason, we have posted on our website 2 videos of a workplace discrimination case mediated (very differently) by a facilitative and a transformative mediator.
Keep in mind that the goal of our Virtual Mediation Lab is not to grade mediation methods. We just want to help mediators become more conscious and reflective about their practice and, for example, be fully aware of the assumptions they are making about mediation and their role as mediator. If you are interested to learn more about this need to become more reflective you can read:
- Michael Lang’s article Becoming Reflective Practitioners
- The Making of a Mediator: Developing Artistry in Practice – a book written by Michael D. Lang and Alison Taylor
PLEASE NOTE – We no longer use Skype for our Virtual Mediation Lab online mediation simulations. To learn why, sign up for our 1-hour Introduction to Online Mediation with PC Mac and Mobile Devices. One of the topics we cover during that training is “How to Choose a Video Conferencing Software for Online Mediation”.