Becoming a Mediator

Currently there are no state requirements for the practice of mediation, nor is there any state “certification” process or requirement. In other words, there is no Colorado “Certified” mediator.

There are guidelines endorsed by The Mediation Association of Colorado (theMAC) and the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) on mediator training and education, but those guidelines only apply to their members. Additionally, there are voluntary Colorado Standards of Conduct for Mediators endorsed by the theMAC, Office of Dispute Resolution, Colorado Judicial Institute, Colorado Bar Association, ADR Forum Committee, and the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Law.

These guidelines involve a process of obtaining training, mediation experience and participating in continuing education in alternative dispute resolution.

Approved Standard and Professional mediators must have completed a 40-hour basic mediation training class which meets theMAC’s standards for a 40-hour course.  The course must include a minimum of 6 hours of participation in mediation role play and must include training on the following topics as related to the practice of mediation.

  1. Prevalent Conflict Theory and Dispute Resolution Processes
  2. Ethics and Values
  3. Professional Skills
  4. Communication
  5. Relationship Building and Rapport
  6. Information Gathering
  7. Interaction and Conflict Management
  8. Problem Solving

Professional members of theMAC who provide 40 Hour Mediation Training are listed below.  Their programs have been reviewed and meet theMAC’s guidelines for basic mediation training.  These members may advertise their training programs on theMAC’s calendar.  Individuals interested in a training program should contact the training provider directly.

 

Monica Lichtenberger
Phoenix Strategies
719-266-8181

 

Trish Elledge
Elledge Group Mediation
303-791-3574
admin@elledgegroup.org
Trainings scheduled in May and October annually

 

Anthony Matthews
Quallo Mediation
720-744-2689
info@adrmcr.com

 

Judy Mares-Dixon
Training is offered through the Colorado Bar Association
(303) 860-0608  (CBA-CLE Customer Service)
clereception@cobar.org

 

William Mangrum
BlueJean Mediation
760-445-6441
william@bluejeanmediation.com
Offers mediation training in the Four Corners area

There are many programs throughout Colorado that offer volunteer opportunities to graduates of a qualified 40 Hour Professional Mediation program. These programs are an excellent way to gain experience before establishing your own practice. Some of these programs are listed here:

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Currently there are no state requirements for the practice of mediation, nor is there any state “certification” process or requirement. In other words, there is no Colorado “Certified” mediator.

There are guidelines endorsed by The Mediation Association of Colorado (theMAC) and the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) on mediator training and education, but those guidelines only apply to their members. Additionally, there are voluntary Colorado Standards of Conduct for Mediators endorsed by the theMAC, Office of Dispute Resolution, Colorado Judicial Institute, Colorado Bar Association, ADR Forum Committee, and the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Law.

The Mediation Association of Colorado has a “credentialing” process used to qualify applicants for its Professional Member Mediator status, though this does not mean such a mediator is state “certified.” Approved mediators have met the following requirements to become a Professional Member:

Training:

Approved Standard and Professional mediators must have completed a 40-hour basic mediation training class which meets theMAC’s standards for a 40-hour course.  The course must include a minimum of 6 hours of participation in mediation role play and must include training on the following topics as related to the practice of mediation.

  1. Prevalent Conflict Theory and Dispute Resolution Processes
  2. Ethics and Values
  3. Professional Skills
  4. Communication
  5. Relationship Building and Rapport
  6. Information Gathering
  7. Interaction and Conflict Management
  8. Problem Solving

Continuing Education:

Professional mediators commit to 10 hours of continuing training and education every year.  Training and education includes conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops and training with the primary purpose of providing mediation, negotiation and/or conflict resolution skills or knowledge. 

Experience:

Approved Professional mediators must have completed at least 100 hours of actual mediation experience in at least 10 mediations as either the lead mediator in a co-mediation or as a solo mediator. 

Transcript and Affidavit for 100 Hours of Mediation must be submitted in a format that maintains the confidentiality of your client. Therefore, when filling out the Affidavit, please do not use names. Instead we welcome the use of the initials of your clients or you may use the roles of the parties, i.e.; mom v. dad or contractor v homeowner.  

Ethics:

  • Agreement to abide by theMAC’s Professional Code of Conduct for Mediators;
  • Requirement to disclose any professional degrees or certifications;
  • Attestation and ongoing duty to notify theMAC that the applicant’s concurrent or prior professional license has not been suspended or revoked, or that the applicant has not been the subject of disciplinary action by any licensing authority;
  • Attestation to the completion of a criminal background check every two years;
  • Adherence to theMAC’s ethics and grievance policy

The criteria for all levels of membership may evolve over time, as determined by theMAC Board of Directors. This information may be posted on theMAC website as it becomes available. However, these designations are not, in and of themselves, an assurance of competence, relevant knowledge and experience or quality of the services being provided; theMAC makes no warranties or representations with respect to the actual work performed by any of its members.

Qualifying CEs include webinars, conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops and training with the primary purpose of providing mediation, negotiation and/or conflict resolution skills or knowledge.  

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Mediation Trainers

Approved Standard and Professional mediators must have completed a 40-hour basic mediation training class which meets theMAC’s standards for a 40-hour course.  The course must include a minimum of 6 hours of participation in mediation role play and must include training on the following topics as related to the practice of mediation.

  1. Prevalent Conflict Theory and Dispute Resolution Processes
  2. Ethics and Values
  3. Professional Skills
  4. Communication
  5. Relationship Building and Rapport
  6. Information Gathering
  7. Interaction and Conflict Management
  8. Problem Solving

The following are Professional Members of the Mediation Association of Colorado (theMAC) who provide mediation training courses.   To find out about scheduled courses, to register, and for additional information, contact the training organizations directly using the information below.