Mediators Mentoring Mediators

The Launch of the M&M Club happened on Friday, January 15th, 2016 at my office. I have decided to change the name to Mediators Mentoring Mediators because that seems more reflective of what actually transpired.  Everyone in the room has completed extensive mediation training; two of us have been in the business for almost two decades. As everyone shared their current challenges and their journey to where they are today, we were all learning from each other as we were learning about each other.

Many new ideas popped up that I will share in future Posts.  For now I just wanted to announce that the next MMM Meeting will be on Friday February 5th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

A couple of the folks who are hoping for some mentoring would like an opportunity to observe a workplace mediation.  If any of you could make that happen please send me a note and I’ll connect you up with them.

I’ve also been working on a clause that can be included in my contracts regarding mentoring.  I’d like to know what you think of the idea. Is it necessary? How might the clients respond? Should I just proceed as if it is a natural thing to do?  Should their be a clause regarding Insurance, or does that open a can of worms? Is it an idea whose time has come to make it normal practice for seasoned mediators to mentor junior mediators?  Is it something you have wrestled with?  If yes, then please share what you have learned.

DRAFT CLAUSE:  ADR International Group Inc. supports the mentoring of new mediators.  On occassion, with permission of the parties, I may invite a mentee to observe or to assist with the mediation.  The mentee will be screened and supervised by a Senior Mediator, and will be bound by the same confidentiality clause as the Mediator.  Do you grant your permission to allow someone under my mentorship to be involved on the files I work on under this contract?


The Alberta Civil Court Mediator Roster is currently open for applications.  It is a great way to gain some experience. Closing date is February 1st so get your resume dusted off and secure some references.  If you can’t locate the application on their website send me a note at

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