FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How do I get my Qualified Mediator Designation?

The Qualified Mediator designation, commonly referred to as Q. Med, is a designation given by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC).

To apply for your Q. Med you must meet the standards outlined on their website and submit your application to your regional affiliate (in Saskatchewan that affiliate is the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Saskatchewan [ADRSK]).

Here’s the link for more information about Q. Med and how to apply:

https://adric.ca/useful-links/professional-designations/qualified-mediator/

What courses do I need to take to get my Q. Med?

Our courses can be used as hours towards your Q. Med application.

Check out ADRIC’s website for information on what hours are needed:

https://adric.ca/useful-links/professional-designations/qualified-mediator/

How do I get a simulated mediation assessed for my Q. Med application?

The Saskatoon Mediation Practice Group often offers opportunities for its members to have simulated mediations assessed. If you are interested in this, email admin@commonsensemediation.ca to be added to the group. Once you have joined, make sure you let the coordinator know you want to have a simulated mediation assessed so you can get on the waitlist; there is usually a one or two month wait time for being slotted into a simulated mediation.

Another way to have a simulated mediation assessed is to contact a C. Med to assess the simulated mediation for you and to ask some friends to act as the participants of the mediation. A list of C. Meds can be found on ADRSK’s website:

https://www.adrsaskatchewan.ca/ADRSK/Find_a_practitioner/Adrsaskatchewan/ADR_Connect/ADR_Connect_Search.aspx?hkey=ed3e15d8-a05c-4707-af58-fa900c9a59f0

(You will likely need to write or find a roleplay scenario to use for your assessed simulated mediation.)

How do I write/find a roleplay scenario?

You might be able to find a roleplay scenario by searching for one on Google. There are also mediation textbooks/books that have roleplay scenarios in them. If you are having your assessed simulated mediation scheduled with the Saskatoon Mediation Practice Group, the coordinator will provide the roleplay for the mediation.

If you want to write your own roleplay scenario, here’s a simple way to do so:

Step 1: Think of a conflict/dispute.

Step 2: Write out the basic facts.

Step 3: Write out specific/private facts for each of the participants.

Step 4: Send the basic facts to each participant. Send the specific/private facts to the participant that will play that character.

Step 5: Send all of the information to the person who is assessing your simulated mediation.

How do I get my Chartered Mediator Designation?

The Chartered Mediator designation, commonly referred to as C. Med, is a designation given by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC).

To apply for your C. Med you must meet the standards outlined on their website and submit your application to your regional affiliate (in Saskatchewan that affiliate is the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Saskatchewan [ADRSK]). Once your regional affiliate reviews your application, someone will contact you to schedule your exam.

Here’s the link for more information about C. Med and how to apply:

https://adric.ca/useful-links/professional-designations/c-med-application/

How do I become a Certified Mediator?

We provide a mediation certification program and there are other mediation certification programs available; check out Google for more program options.

Certified Mediator is a term used in some jurisdictions. If you are in a jurisdiction that has a Certified Mediator program, please check with the organization that provides that certification or regulation for more information.

In Saskatchewan the term Certified Mediator is not used, but you can become certified in mediation by taking our 12-Week Mediation Certification program.

Does the training offered through CommonSense Mediation Academy apply as hours towards designations?

The training our academy offers has been approved as hours towards the training requirements for designations with ADRIC.

Our training has also been approved as hours towards CEE if you already have a designation you are looking to maintain.

Check with your professional organization to see if our training qualifies for continuing professional development credits for your profession.

How do I get on the Minister’s List?

The Minister’s List is a list of Family Mediators approved by the government to provide mediation services to families before they can proceed with a court application.

You do not need to be on the Minister’s List to offer family mediation services; you only need to be on the Minister’s List if you want to offer mediation services to families who want a certificate to go on their court file to prove they attended mediation. That certificate will enable them to proceed with a court application.

To get on the Minister’s list you must meet the standards outlined in their application, which is available on their website.

Here’s the link for more information about the Minister’s List and how to apply:

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/separation-or-divorce/early-family-dispute-resolution/family-mediation

What courses do I need to take to get on the Minister’s List?

Our courses can be used as hours toward your application to the Minister’s List.

Check out this link to see what hours are needed:

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/separation-or-divorce/early-family-dispute-resolution/family-mediation

What training should I take first?

Many of our courses are designed for students who have a base level of mediation training.

Our Introduction to Dispute Resolution and Introduction to Mediation are wonderful courses to start with.

Here’s the link to our training page for more information about these courses:

www.commonsensemediation.ca/commonsense-training

ADRIC’s National Introductory Mediation course is another great course to give you a base level of mediation training.

Here’s ADRIC’s website with more information about their introductory course:

https://adric.ca/national-introductory-mediation-course-2/

I’ve already taken an introduction to mediation course; what course should I take next?

Many of our courses are designed for students who have a base level of mediation training and are looking to continue to develop their professional mediator skills.

Check out our course offerings on our training page to see what interests you the most:

www.commonsensemediation.ca/commonsense-training

Can I make money as a mediator?

A career in mediation can be very rewarding.

Mediation is a growing field and there are many opportunities.

Some mediators choose to work for an organization, others choose to work as contractors, others still choose to work for themselves as entrepreneurs.

Many organizations offer mediation within their companies and have their Human Resources personnel, managers, or supervisors provide those services. These type of mediation jobs are therefore usually filled internally, but it is always worth an ask to see if the company you would like to offer mediation services to will hire you on a permanent or contract basis.

Where can I find a job as a mediator?

There are organizations that hire mediators, but many only hire mediators on a contract basis. Therefore, many mediators who are hired on a contract basis also work for themselves as entrepreneurs.

How can I get on a roster?

Rosters are a great way to get work as a mediator whether you are a contract mediator for an organization and want to supplement the mediation work you are getting or if you are an entrepreneur mediator.

Many organizations that use mediator rosters have application processes or use a list from a dispute resolution organization. If you become a member of a dispute resolution organization, such as ADRIC/ADRSK, you may automatically be added to the rosters.

Check with organizations before you become a member to see what opportunities might be available to you once you become a member.

What rosters could I be listed on?

There are many organizations that use rosters to select their dispute resolution professionals; if you have a specific organization that you are interested in providing mediation services to it is worth an ask to see if they hire mediators through a roster program and how you might get on their roster.

What volunteer opportunities are there?

In Saskatchewan there are Mediation Practice Groups that often are looking for volunteers.

Dispute resolution organizations often ask their members to volunteer for various things.

Become a member of a dispute resolution organization and you will likely have a host of volunteer opportunities sent to you by the organization.

Before you become a member, check with the organization to see what volunteer opportunities might be available to you.

How much does it cost to become a mediator?

You can take some training or lots of training. You can be apart of multiple dispute resolution organizations, one or none. You can buy insurance or not. You can build yourself a website, or just use social media. There are so many ways to become a mediator and how much you invest into becoming a mediator is up to you!

How much do the CommonSense Mediation Academy’s courses cost?

Visit our training page to access information about pricing:

www.commonsensemediation.ca/commonsense-training

Email us if you have any questions about course prices:

admin@commonsensemediation.ca

Do you offer student or senior discounts for your courses?

We currently do not offer student or senior discounts for our courses.

If you are interested in taking a course and would like to pay in installments, please contact us to arrange for a payment plan:

admin@commonsensemediation.ca

If you work for an organization, you might be eligible for one of these grants:

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-information-for-businesses-and-workers/re-open-saskatchewan-training-subsidy#:~:text=The%20Re%2DOpen%20Saskatchewan%20Training,financial%20support%20to%20train%20employees.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/hire-train-and-manage-employees/apply-for-the-canada-saskatchewan-job-grant

There is a discount for people who want to take our 12-Week Mediation Certification course; if you take all 6 modules you receive 1 module for free!

How do I register for one of CommonSense Mediation Academy’s courses?

Visit our website to access the registration form:

www.commonsensemediation.ca/commonsense-training

Email us if you have any questions or need assistance:

admin@commonsensemediation.ca