Make a real difference to people’s lives. Become a Mediator.
Conflict makes people unhappy - it causes stress, depression and anxiety.
Mediation training helps people resolve their disputes, so that both sides win. And you could be the person who makes that happen.
Could you be a mediator?
- Do you have a calming influence on the people around you?
- Do you have a logical mind?
- And do find it easy to see other people's viewpoints?
If so, you could become a professional mediator.
You'll make a real difference to people’s lives while enjoying a rewarding and well paid career.
You can work as much, or as little, as you want, and you can fit your work around your other commitments.
And best of all, you can choose the type of mediation that suits your interests. Let's have a quick look at the areas that are in greatest demand.
136,026 people divorced last year, and many more couples separated.
When there are children involved it's even more difficult and stressful. In the past, people have used solicitors and the courts to fight their case.
This often results in one person winning… and the other losing.
By using mediation, there are only winners. The mediator helps their clients to achieve a win/win situation that's right for them. This is very effective - in time, money and emotions.
The government is proposing that all separating couples who have children must start by seeking family mediation. That will mean a big increase in the number of qualified mediators needed.
Do you have what it takes to be a family mediator? You could make a difference to children’s lives.
Victim and offender mediation
The prisons are bulging, and 55% of all prisoners re-offend. No wonder the government is desperate to find better solutions.
Victim and offender mediation has been shown to reduce the risk of re-offending, and helps the victim move forward. Mediation is a very effective way of empowering victims and also helps the offender to see the damage that they are doing to ‘real’ people, thereby encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions.
Most commentators agree that victim/offender mediation should be used more widespread throughout the country; but there are insufficient qualified mediators.
Do you care about the society you live in? You could be the one to help restore fairness and justice.
In an ideal world we'd all enjoy our work. Sadly this is not always the case. Many people suffer from bullying, isolation, poor working environment and stress.
For example, 40% of employees in Further Education colleges have been bullied at work in the past sixth months, according to a report by the University and College Union (UCU).
Days lost due to low morale or stress is a big cost for companies. And many are now using workplace mediators to reduce the scale of conflict.
Having someone who is impartial you can talk to makes a real difference to the working environment. Studies show that companies who really listen to their staff are less likely to suffer from loss of days due to sickness and have a lower than average staff turnover.
Would you enjoy working in an environment where staff were valued? Do you empathise with people and understand the importance of feeling a respected member of staff? Then a career as a workplace mediator is for you.
Your home should be the place where you feel safe and secure: a place to relax and enjoy life. Unfortunately, conflicts in the community can have devastating effects on people’s lives.
Often neighbours in conflict have to live side by side for months or even years. Anti-social behaviour, noise, trespassing and boundary issues are just some of the disputes that can arise causing misery to all involved.
Working as a community mediator is a rewarding and interesting career, making a huge difference to many people’s lives.
Do you care about our local community? Could this be the career for you? There are many community mediation schemes looking for people like you!
Because you're still reading, you know you want to become a qualified mediator.
So, what's the next step?
You need to register on a training course that willturn you into a professional mediator.
You can find classroom courses. But they're expensive, and are often far away from where you live.
Moreover, you may not be able to take time away from your work or family commitments.
The good news is that you can get your qualification through distance learning, by taking the Blackford Centre's Diploma in Mediation training course.
The course provides everything you need to become a qualified mediator.
On enrolling, you'll receive all the modules, the course text book, and useful forms and guides.
You'll have your own tutor, who'll be a practising mediator.
And you'll have your own Course Advisor, who will help you if you encounter any problems.
The course covers all aspects of mediation, including:
- How to communicate effectively
- The art of body language
- How to build relationships and establish rapport
- Benefits of peer mediation
- The mediation process
- How to question effectively
- Working with Other Professionals
- Speaking in age appropriate language to children
- How to provide a safe and secure environment
- Work options
- Marketing your new business
- Developing a business plan
- Insurance and working as self employed
- Finding Clients
- Setting up as a mediator check list
What will I gain from completing this course?
This course assumes no prior knowledge, although a genuine interest in people will be a distinct advantage.
There are few careers that can offer such varied and exciting opportunities and areas to work in. Perhaps you're looking for a complete career change and want to do something worthwhile and rewarding, but still need to earn a good income? Then mediation is a good career choice for you.
Maybe you want to remain in your own occupation, but you'd like to add some valuable professional development to your CV? What course could be better for you?
If you work in an environment where you meet people, you'll learn powerful skills for communicating, negotiating and understanding what people are really saying!
Perhaps you've been at home looking after children, and you now want to get back into the world of work? If so, this is perfect for you! You can study at your own pace and then begin to build your business. If you want to increase the number of hours you work, you simply increase the number of clients you take on. Working either a freelancer or under contract, it is up to you when you work!
What does the mediation training cost?
The course cost is shown in the Registration page (click here). It includes all your course materials and all your tutoring. There are no hidden extras.
How long does the Diploma course take?
Many students take six months to complete the course. If you're busy, it could take you longer; and if you have spare time you could complete the course in less time. Unlike other organisations, we set no time limit. That means you can take as long as you want. You study at your pace, not ours.
Are you ready to make a change to your career?
Every journey begins with one small step. A small step in the right direction is all you need. Are you ready to take that step and, not only make a difference to your own life, but to many other people’s too?
60-Day Refund Period: Examine the course at your leisure for 60 days. And if you for any reason it doesn't meet your needs, just let us know and we'll refund your fees. No questions asked. Conditions apply
Why do we offer this? Firstly, because most people enjoy the course. And second, we don't want unhappy former students. We'd rather stay friends. And it stands to reason that no course can suit absolutely everyone who registers on it.
Free mentoring when you complete the course
Once you complete the course, we’ll give you three months’ free business mentoring.
You’ll have a personal mentor who'll help you set up your own business (if that's your choice).
For three months after getting your Diploma you'll get one-to-one advice and support from an active practitioner.
So if you're unsure on how to launch your own business, this mentoring programme will put you on the road to success.
And because it's all part of the Blackford Centre's course, it won't cost you a penny.
It's time to get started
Having read this far, you've got what it takes - motivation. Fill out the enrolment form now, because this is where the adventure and rewards begin. It's easy to start:
- Register now for the mediation training by clicking here. If you need help or information, contact the Blackford Centre. E-mail or post the form and payment to us.
- We'll ship the course materials to you by 24 hour courier.
- When you get the course, read the first module. It's laid out in an easy-to-follow format. Then do the simple first assignment. Send it to your tutor for marking. She will return it to you with friendly advice and comments.
- Do the same for the other modules, until you reach the end of the mediation course. By then, you'll be able to set yourself up as a mediator.
I look forward to welcoming you on the course.
With best wishes
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