Mediationtraining in Georgia
Beginning of June 2018 our trainers Felix Merks and Elsbeth Snieders trained Georgian professionals and politicians in mediation and negotiation. The Core mediation training was organised in cooperation with the EECMD, the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy and their Dutch counterpart, the NIMD, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. 12 enthousiastic trainees spent 5 days of intensive training with the trainers of Result Mediation.
This training was a part of our “giving back program”, where Result and her trainers trains one person in a post-conflict area for every participant in one of our regular mediation trainings.
Please visit the website of the EECMD here. This is what they wrote about the training:
Core Mediation Training
On June 11-15 2018, the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD) has organized the Core Mediation Training in Georgia.
Training was commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). Alumni of the Democracy Schools as well as other interested individuals were able to participate in the training.
Training was led by two highly qualified and experienced trainers from Dutch organization “Result Mediation”. Trainers have delivered professional training on the ways of understanding conflict dynamics and equipped participants with skills to align differing interests and to bring parties together through mediation.
First half of the five-day long training was devoted to the theoretical aspect of the subject. Theoretical part of the training addressed the issues such as conducting negotiations, defining the interest and communication models. Furthermore, the training also touched upon the ways of dealing with difficult situations during negotiations and conducting mediation. In the second part of the training, participants themselves became mediators and stakeholders. Multiple cases were role played and all the different phases of the mediation process were discussed.
“Training was really important for me. I have learned how to detect behavior and listen to the parties. Most importantly, I am inspired to learn the subject more thoroughly and contribute to the development of mediation practices in Georgia”, – remarked Tamar Mikeladze, one of the participants of the training.
According to Nino Jintcharadze, the knowledge acquired during the training will be useful for her to solve personal, work-related and other types of conflict situations. She remains hopeful that mediation will become as popular in Georgia as it is in the Western countries. This would provide win-win solutions to various disputes without the need of taking the case to the court. Participants expressed the wish of conducting mediation training systematically for the representatives of various spheres, especially for the politicians.
The Core Mediation Training is officially certified by the Mediator Federation of the Netherlands and has been conducted in many countries since 1998.
Feedback of the participants:
The Core Mediation Training ignited my interest already when I saw the call for the training. I believe a training course in Core mediation should be widely introduced to other groups of society. Especially, important I believe it to be for the future politicians since it seems to be one of the most constructive ways of settling the disputes with a win-win outcome. As for me, I have immediately started applying the new skills to my everyday work routine and it literally makes miracles; I have also made up my mind to start developing a concept of a “peer mediator” to be introduced to the schools and university of Telavi. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to enjoy every minute of this impeccably and impressively delivered training course in Core Mediation.- Tiniko Khanjaliashvili
First of all, I have to give due credit to the trainers. Trainers were undoubtedly the professionals in the field with experience of engaging with various target groups and audience. Their readiness to answer the questions and receive feedback on various activities was indeed very efficient. It was evident that the trainers followed closely to our role play, underlined the positive side of the role play and gave objective feedback for the purposes of improving the performance. Shared sense of the group to operate in a working environment during the training contributed to the understanding of the issues from different angles. Logistical side of the training was exemplary which in itself contributed to the successful implementation of the training.
Personally for me the training was very important. During the training, I saw myself as a communicator and listener. I learned to get familiar with my own behavior. Being mediator, and ‘neutral person’, during the conflict situations was interesting and unusual experience for me. All of this is going to be very helpful to me. Most importantly, this training inspired me to learn the art of mediation more thoroughly and hence contribute to the development of mediation practice in Georgia. – Tamar Mikeladze
Mediation training, which took place in Kvareli during June, 11-15th, was very impressive. Both content and learning methods of the training have exceeded all expectations.
First of all, I would like to mention a high degree of trainers’ preparation, which was evident from the outset of the training. Because of their teaching skills, I was fully paying attention to the training and have been actively engaged in the process. I particularly liked the practical side of the training which included various exercises as well as theoretical aspect which equipped us with relevant knowledge in the field of mediation.
By completing the mediation training course, I am confident that the knowledge that I have received during the training will be useful for me in order to solve personal, work-related and other types of conflicts. I remain hopeful that mediation will become as popular in Georgia as it is in the Western countries. This would provide win-win solutions to various disputes without the need of taking the case to the court.
I would like to thank the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD) for organizing the training. This organization contributes markedly to the debates and issues that are vital for the further personal and professional development. – Nino Jintcharadze