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ADR Section launches Mentoring Academy for newly certified mediators

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Christina MageeThe Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s inaugural Mentoring Academy is a two-day workshop for certified mediators that will provide coaching on techniques, strategy, and professionalism; offer instructive feedback from experienced mediators; and emphasize mentoring and networking for the mediators who attend.

The event is set for October 25–26 in Tampa.

ADR Section Chair Chris Magee said the academy was developed, in part, because mediators have ethical obligations to advance the mediation profession.

“Not only do Florida’s rules for certified and court-appointed mediators spell out a mediator’s responsibility for assisting new mediators, they also state that an experienced mediator should cooperate in training new mediators — including serving as a mentor,” Magee said. “We are providing an opportunity for succeeding generations of mediators to have the benefit of experienced instruction from more seasoned mediators.”

Faculty members for the 2019 Mediation Academy are all certified as county, circuit civil or family mediators.

Networking for the mediator participants and workshop instructors is a key element of the academy.

“If you are a certified mediator, it is incredibly valuable — if not essential — to find a group of mediators who provide feedback and serve as a sounding board for questions, alternative approaches, and ethics,” Magee said. “Mediators who participate in the academy will gain a statewide network of mentors and co-mediators.”

The Mentoring Academy takes place at the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa. The course is approved for 10.0 CLE/CME credits, including 1 Ethics credit for both CLE and CME. Learn more at

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