The WMO Online Training is a newly developed course on the interdisciplinary topic of Mindful Mediation & Conflict Management in the English language. Our online training provides the flexibility and accessibility for students to study at their own pace. It considers international research results regarding the sustainable benefits of teaching Comprehensive Mediation. Our training program places the focus on understanding conflicts, the various dispute resolution options and the attitude of the human individual. Its pedagogic setting includes self-reflection, thematic input, and putting the content to practice.
Program Advisor, Professor William Zartman, on our activities:
“I am quite impressed with the ambition and organization of the World Mediation Organization as it seeks to bring together the diverse experiences of mediators – often grassroots mediators – throughout the world and to learn from them. We all need to expand and improve our awareness and practice of mediation.“
Daniel Erdmann states: … “This training intends to develop your conflict resolving competencies for an intercultural and non-armed environment. We believe that „Mediation is a social core skill that lies veiled within each of us.“ By using the term of Mindful Mediation, we want you to understand that mediation is not a single method but more likely a conglomerate of diverse competencies and skills. By promoting a constructive dialogue within an area of mutual respect and non-escalated armed conflict (previously named: ‘culture of peace‘), it is intended to make the individual reflect in order to identify a personal’s point of view, to raise awareness towards social and political conceptions and responsibilities, and to communicate knowledge that may assist in creating enduring solutions to conflicts and tensions created by human interactions, states and organizations.
To be a mediator has often been associated with being a trained and listed member of a national association. But this is definitely not the case for people who measure their skills by the fruits of their work. Mindful Mediation has far more to offer than a membership card of good standing. Mindful Mediation, as far as I understand and believe, is more likely a social competence that is to be found within every person’s being. It is a basic emotional and logical necessity of a human being to live within a community or social construct. And it is also a basic necessity to communicate with each other and to enable communication within a specific group. Creating such dialogue can fix or optimize circumstances that got out of balance. I am targeting with this training to unveil this social competence to the upmost quantity of persons worldwide, which you now form a part of.
Due to our proper uniqueness of each individual, all our conflicts show a similar quantity of diversity and very few similarities. Acting mindful, we will see that these conflicts need individual solutions and no stereotype proposals for conciliation. Making use of one potential solution for several conflicts may backfire. Too many variables have a direct impact on it, such as cultural and social differences, and different ways of communication – to only name a few.
Having understood the ordinary difficulties that result from superficial conflict resolution concepts, I investigated on a possible solution to this problem, by deep listening to my proper inner voice. What I found, was the true core and a deep understanding of mediation, namely that it lies within each of us, being totally diverse and different from all other conceptions to be found outside of oneself. Your proper conception of mediation is build on your life experiences, your educational level, your dreams and visions. So, it sounds only natural to not cut off these highly important pillars of your life that form your personality, but to include them into your educational setting. Here, Mindful Mediation turned out being something bigger, broader and deeper rather than a simple definition of mediation. That is how I stumbled upon the proper interdisciplinary character of Mindful Mediation. Due to its nature, it does not rely on techniques and methods at all, but on the historical and cultural background, on an anthropological and a sociological point of view, and on the capability of the mediator to adopt her / his social skills to the conflict and its parties. In the perplexity of this rich system of values, lies the inner core of Mindful Mediation – somehow, my secret and the secret of what WMO stands for. In order to follow up on the above mentioned quote, I try to equip individuals as well as future generations with tools of Critical Thinking and Conflict Resolution skills by making you a future facilitator.
This cross-border and cross-cultural training does not intend to impose a western style of Mindful Mediation on another culture. The content of this training emulsifies with the cultural background and language of the student and allows him or her to become a unique professional. In this way, I am able to offer you the only worldwide achievable training that truly respects and works with global diversity.
If you feel that all this is true and highly valuable, than you may understand that to become a successful and effective mediator requires you to explore Mindful Mediation’s inner logic. A certain level of self-awareness and awareness regarding the environment you are living in or you are getting in touch with professionally ought be created. I believe that each of us should open her- / himself in order learn a very important lesson, namely that Mindful Mediation is also a process of healing others and of healing the society. We should try to raise the awareness of this potential skill that lies within each of us.
I do not want you to study thousands of pages and endless concepts and models to be kept in mind. I want you to properly understand what the core of Mindful Mediation is, and to be able to truly work with the few topics that I will introduce to you. It will be more about self-reflection instead of enlarging the quantity of topics to be studied.
The clue is the proper personal understanding of what mediation may be on a very individual basis and how it can be developed while including all the diversity that life offers. This is the true secret of my mediation, what I later on called, Mindful Mediation.
This training concept grants all necessary space for you to create your own conceptual understanding of mediation. What means that ‘my mediation’ turns into ‘your mediation’ without injecting any sort of dogma to your mind. Therefore, this course will introduce you to self-reflection, deep listening, critical thinking, and wise speaking. Personally, I wish that this content will serve you and your environment at its best.”
A) Structure and Content: The curriculum combines innovative perspectives on the acquisition and the application of knowledge. The innovative online format prepares candidates for the national and international job market. Candidates will be invited to participate in our growing network of students, alumni, and experts to exchange opinions and information on global issues beyond the scope of the three to six months study program. The outstanding benefit of our programme is the fact that our students do not only study the basics, but also get a deep knowledge of alternative dispute resolution in general. Hereby we enable our students to act as successful future professionals. Due to the preamble on Peace Education, our students become conflict consultants and trainers for conflict resolution at the same time. The topics that this training deals with are:
- Mindfulness in Mediation,
- Applied Mindful Mediation,
- Analyzing and detecting Conflict,
- Interpersonal Crisis Communication,
- Critical Thinking – From Theory to Practice.
A unique benefit is the WMO ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE CALL which is offered once within two months. Here, students are able to discuss topics of interest, challenges, and points of view with expert peers. The general online concept enables you to study at your own pace.
B) Application: Enrollment can be realized anywhere in the world by the following steps:
1. Register and Pay Online, see section (D/E) …
2. Receive access to the course syllabus and content, study and exchange with your personal tutor.
3. Submit the written assignment of each chapter, and prepare your end-of-course thesis step by step.
4. Receive your WMO certificate, and order the Euclid Post-Graduate Certificate on demand.
C) Evaluation: WMO graduates who finished this online training are free to apply for a WMO / EUCLID Post Graduate Certificate in Mindful Mediation and Conflict Management without realizing further studies. WMO graduates who wish to realize their Master‘s and / or Doctorate’s Degree at EUCLID (Pôle Universitaire Euclide) get this program evaluated and validated with an equivalency of 20 ECTS for a Master’s or a Ph.D. Program. Prof. Laurent Cleenewerck – International Faculty Coordinator / Euclid University: ‘WMO and EUCLID have been partners for several years – a partnership formalized by the high-level memorandum of understanding – in view of their common goals in the field of mediation. The two organizations are remarkably complementary in the sense that EUCLID is a degree-granting institution focusing on global diplomacy whereas WMO is a network of professionals which focuses on international mediation and conflict evaluation. WMO has also demonstrated expertise in developing course material as well as organizing international seminars combining academic and civil society participants. Both organizations look forward to continuing to foster better knowledge and understanding of the increasingly important field of mediation at all levels of society.’
D) Enroll and submit Personal Data …
E) Pay and proceed to Internal Course Content …