Mediation Masterclass – ADR 2017

We were so privileged  to have 5 guest mediators to coach students in the mediation masterclass as part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution elective on Tuesday.

Students practiced their mediation skills with Adelaide mediators Ruth Beach, Greg Rooney, Peter Kassapidis, Bevan Bates and Bronwyn Adams coaching and providing “in the moment” feedback.

It was a fantastic opportunity for students to put into practice some of the key dispute resolution theory and skills they’ve been learning this semester, and talk face to face with some of SA’s most experienced mediators.

Thanks to our visiting coaches for offering their time and experience, and thanks to students for their enthusiasm and commitment. It’s very encouraging to see the talent that our students show in these concentrated practical exercises. Dispute resolution is a key skill for students to take into their professional careers.IMG_0834IMG_0830IMG_0828IMG_0821.

“The mediation masterclass was an invaluable learning experience. The opportunity to conduct a mock mediation while receiving individual guidance from an experienced mediator allowed me to see how they put mediation theory into practice, and think about the ways to overcome common issues that may arise in a mediation.” Damien Quick

” The mediation masterclass provided me with a ‘hands on’ opportunity to test out and practice the theories and principles learned in ADR.  Participating in the masterclass was a great way of practicing on how to dealing with aggrieved people, listening and identifying key issues. Having a mediator there was great as they provided their own experience, advice, insight on the pitfalls and tactics in managing  disputes and achieving results. I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you Marg for organising it.” Emanuela Radulescu

Teaching Note:  Reflective experiential learning often relies upon students going in “the deep end” and reflecting on and analysing their learning after the event. That’s the model that we often use in clinic, and in some other teaching contexts. The more immediate strategy of “in the moment” coaching worked brilliantly in this class. Students who were not very experienced in mediation were able to ‘check’ strategy as they went, and adapt immediately to any suggestions made. As a mediator myself, I know the  importance of reflection in action in this process. Interactive coaching provided students with exactly this support.

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