The practicum at CDR is one of the most active and largest in Washington. Internship is open to anyone who has completed an approved 40-hour basic mediation training (for those who take the BMT elsewhere, specific documentation is required. Contact the Mediation Department  at mediation@pccdr.org for more information).

There is no licensing for mediators in the state of Washington (very few states have licensing). This practicum meets the state standards set forth by a coalition of Washington DRC’s (see Resolution Washington’s website for more information). Certification can be awarded at most of the DRC’s in Washington State (see Resolution Washington for a listing of DRC’s). Through a collaboration of the state DRC’s, with consideration for national guidelines, the Resolution Washington has developed a standardization of minimal requirements for mediators.  The training and certification process at the Center for Dialog and Resolution is consistent with that of the other 18 Dispute Resolution Centers organized under RCW 7.75. CDR meets or exceeds these standards for those joining the Practicum and wishing to be certified as a mediator.

The following is an overview of what steps to take for certification, and what you can expect from your experience:

Requirements & Steps for entering the Practicum:

  1. Complete the CDR 40-hour basic mediation training and receive your Certificate of Completion
  2. For those attending a training outside CDR:
    1. Submit a copy of your Certificate of Completion of the 40-hour course
    2. Submit a copy of the agenda of the training
    3. Submissions need to be reviewed and approved by CDR
  3. Mail to CDR, Attn: Practicum
    1. Internship application
    2. Resume
    3. Complete Practicum Entry Exercise
  4. You will be contacted by CDR to set up an appointment for an orientation/interview in which you will be asked to:
    1. Sign a Volunteer Commitment & Confidentiality form
    2. Sign a Drug-Free form
    3. Pay for the Practicum ($500 for CDR trainees, $700 for others)

Steps to Certification as an Intern in the Practicum:

Certification can be awarded at most of the DRC’s in Washington State (see Resolution Washington for a listing of DRC’s). Washington State does not have licensing for mediators (very few states do). Through a collaboration of the state DRC’s, with consideration for national guidelines, the Resolution Washington has developed a standardization of minimal requirements for mediators. CDR meets or exceeds these standards for those joining the Practicum and wishing to be certified as a mediator. Our Center is committed as both a service provider, and a learning Center for mediators.

To be certified by CDR, review the following:

Individualized learning development will include:

  1. Observe 6-8 mediations and complete observation forms for each
  2. Satisfactorily mediate a solo mock case that is evaluated by a member of the Certification Committee and includes areas to focus on for growth
  3. Satisfactorily co-mediate a minimum of 6 cases with certified mediator practitioners, and have the mediators complete evaluation forms
  4. Request certification when ready*
  5. Practicum supervisor and Executive Director review and if approved,
  6. Continued commitment to be an active volunteer mediator for CDR over the next 2 year period including volunteering for a minimum of 8 mediations and at least attending 6 in-services and an additional 4hours of other continuing education (or additional in-services).

*Request complete interview with Certification committee member at completion of individualized internship. Applicant will submit a narrative review of skill development through their internship, plus their plan for further skill development and commitment to CDR during their first year of certification. If skill goals are met (as outlined from their mock evaluation), certification is awarded. Otherwise, additional opportunities for skill building are provided in a revised plan.

The training and certification process at the Center for Dialog & Resolution is consistent with that of the other 18 Dispute Resolution Centers organized under RCW 7.75.

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