Feedback from Professor Whitfield

Feedback - January 2019 15th January 2019

We are delighted to have received this from Professor Hugh Whitfield

"In December 2018 I attended a five day mediation course run by the Society of Mediators. We were a group of 15, small enough to be able to get to know each other quickly and to be taught both as a group and as individuals by each member of the team of eight experienced mediators that had been brought together by Jonathan Dingle, the barrister who founded the Society, to initiate us into the art of mediation. Members of the group came from diverse backgrounds. This was a great advantage because we could learn from each other how mediation could fit into many different areas of conflict and dispute. We all had opportunities to play the role of mediator and also to display our Thespian talents as participants in the carefully planned scenarios that demanded role play.

The course was hard work. Nine hour days, with just enough time for tea, coffee and a hasty lunch, were followed by two hours’ of homework. Our teachers generated such enthusiasm and belief that we were buoyed up and motivated. We knew that we would be faced with an examination, part written and part practical, and this helped to focus our minds.

By the end of the week we were all convinced that whatever our background we would be ambassadors for mediation and we were all looking forward to gaining experience and bringing resolution to conflict situations.

I can recommend the course very strongly. The Society of Mediators has charitable status and this was reflected in the modest fee for the course.

Hugh N Whitfield MA MChir FRCS" 


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