Continuous training as a means to stand out: mediation

To practice as a mediation professional, it is not only important to have specialized training in effective conflict management, taught by approved training centers, following the aspects established by the law 5/2012 of July 6 of mediation in civil and commercial matters, but also continuous training must be carried out.

The training requested is five-yearly in nature and must have at least 20 hours of eminently practical duration, following what is indicated in the Regulations of the Royal Decree 980/2013, of December 13, by which certain aspects of the law 5/2012 of July 6 previously mentioned.

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Specifically, article 6. Continuous training of mediators states:

“Mediators must carry out one or more continuous training activities in mediation, of an eminently practical nature, at least every five years, which will have a minimum total duration of 20 hours.

The completion of specialization courses in some area of mediation will allow the requirement of continuous training of the mediator to be met.”

Continuing training makes sense because there is a large part of the people who train to be mediators who do not carry out mediation processes constantly, because they dedicate themselves to other professional work as their main activity.

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The profession of origin is, in many cases, the means of support of those who train in mediation, so there is no continuous practice and skills, resources and ease are lost when facing a case. That is why it makes sense to carry out continuous training in order to remember important aspects and stay updated.

The profession, despite already having a long history, is still young, and that means that at the level of legal regulation, aspects related to mediation and in general with the different systems for effective conflict management continue to be incorporated into the regulations and regulations. local, regional and state.

The advantages of carrying out continuous training are several, it goes without saying that having updated knowledge at a practical level is a higher quality in the intervention.

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In addition, it provides the possibility of renewing registration in official records, both in the state mediation registry and in the regional ones.

It is known that there are registries in which people trained in mediation can register. Sometimes, when a person decides to resort to mediation to manage their conflicts or is referred to this service, they really do not know who is dedicated to carrying out these processes. It is common for citizens to go to the records of mediators to locate professionals to guide their process. For this reason, it is important to register in the official registers, the state register also being telematic and simple to manage. 

The state registry allows renewing registration with any practical training on mediation, however, the regional registries, which are mostly family mediation, require that the contents of continuing training be specific to family mediation or aspects related to childhood and family. .

Another advantage is to keep knowledge related to mediation work updated, since the constant modification of aspects related to the profession in national or regional regulations makes it quickly outdated. Knowing the legal developments is interesting for those who are going to dedicate themselves to the exercise of the profession, given that they include the precepts by which their training and actions must be governed.

There is also the advantage of practicing through continuous training, since the majority of professionals look for what they lack in their specialized training. This lack is usually focused on practice with real cases or on the simulation of cases so that the students acquire ease when dealing with a mediation process.

Ultimately, the continuous training provides more quality assurance in the performance of the mediation professionals.

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