International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution

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No Career Ladder for Mediators

A Failure of the Field

Keywords mediator career, new mediators, career ladder, access to field, practice cases
Authors David Matz
Author's information

222855 David Matz
Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Partner at The Mediation Group, Brookline, Massachusetts.
  • Abstract

      As a field, mediation has excellent training and education and excellent service delivery. But it has no career path from the completion of education to a case flow practice. There is no apprenticeship process, there is no way to gain experience with significant cases, there is no structure for serious supervision, there is no way to establish a reputation for professional competence. The result is the loss of many talented, particularly young, mediators. One major cause is a failure to attract cases valued at more than small claims level and less than, say, $100,000. The field needs to focus on this gap in its professional process.

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