What's Involved in Starting Your Own Mediation Practice? 6 Key Steps

Updated June, 2021.

It doesn't matter what your professional background is. Whether you're a lawyer, litigator, or work outside the legal field, there is a checklist of steps to walk through before you even consider starting your own mediation practice.

Some of these steps are purely practical, while others require a bit of self-reflection.

Do you have the right training to be taken seriously as a mediator? Are you prepared for the effort needed to strike out on your own as a practice owner? Are you familiar with mediator designations recognized throughout Canada?

Take a few minutes to read through these 6 key steps, and get a better understanding of what's involved in starting your own mediation practice.

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What Are The Top 3 Signs of Depression in Adolescents?

Updated June, 2021.

A few years ago, CBC News shared new data from Statistics Canada on rising rates of depression among Canadian youth.

CBC reported that Canadians aged 15-24 had the highest rates of depression of any other age group in the country.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death (after accidents) among this same demographic—accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths among 15 to 24 year-olds.

If you work with young people, you may have often wondered, is this "normal" teenage behavior, or a symptom of something more serious?

At this age, hormonal and physical changes typically cause moodiness, short-temper, and other kinds of erratic behavior.

At what point should you be concerned?

Start by watching out for these 3 very common signs of depression in teens.

Individually, these behaviors may not indicate a mental health issue, but in combination, or with a high level of intensity and duration, are definitely cause for serious concern.

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Mediating Workplace Conflicts: 3 Key Stages & Techniques

Considering a career in mediation and think you would excel at negotiating workplace disputes? This is a very popular area of practice for mediators, particularly as an increasing number of business leaders recognize the correlation between corporate conflict, employee attrition, and productivity losses.

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Considering a Certificate in Arbitration? 5 Things You'll Learn in a Quality Training Program

Are you considering entering the fast-growing field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR)? From workplace conflicts to divorce proceedings to commercial contract battles, ADR is often used as an alternative to costly, time-consuming, highly stressful litigation.

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5 Mistakes Even Experienced Mediators Make (& How to Avoid Them)

Mediation is by nature a complex, challenging process that demands a wide range of ever-evolving skills. There is no "perfect" mediator, and professionals in the field are forever striving to improve their approach and technique.

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Top Mental Health Challenges of Canadian Seniors Over 65

Updated June, 2021.

Does your work bring you into regular contact with seniors? Does your position in community services or health care involve supporting older people?

Out of all the seniors you see in a year, what percentage do you suspect suffer from poor mental health?

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, more than 1.8 million Canadians over 60 years of age were living with a mental health problem or illness in 2016.

The Canadian Mental Health Organization pegs the number of Canadians over 65 affected by poor mental health anywhere from 18 to 30 percent.

And as our population ages, these numbers are expected to grow. 

This post focuses on three of the biggest mental health challenges Canadians seniors are facing right now, and offers an overview of helpful facts for anyone who works with older adults in the community.

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How to Choose a Good Online Community Mental Health Certificate

Updated June, 2021.

Does your work bring you into close contact with individuals who may suffer from mental health issues?

Want to equip yourself with practical mental health knowledge and skills, so you can better support the wellbeing of others?

It sounds like you are a strong candidate for community mental health training.

And if you work full-time, you're probably looking for an online course. The good news is there are plenty of options out there!

The downside is it can overwhelming to sort through all those options and find the right training for your needs.

As you compare your top choices, take some time to consider these 4 points.


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Guide to Concurrent Disorders for Community Mental Health Professionals

Updated June, 2021.

What exactly is a concurrent disorder?

The term "concurrent" means to happen at the same time. The word "disorder" refers to a problem or illness that affects a person's body and/or mind.

Put these terms together, and you have "concurrent disorder"—a term health care professionals use to describe individuals suffering from both a mental illness and a substance abuse problem, simultaneously.

Did you know that 282,000 Canadians, aged 15 to 64, suffered from a concurrent disorder in the previous year?

Awareness of the considerable overlap of mental health and addiction issues has sharpened the focus on concurrent disorders in our country.

If you work in a community-serving position, such as law enforcement, education, or health care, a deeper understanding of concurrent disorders can significantly improve the way you support and interact with those afflicted.

In this post, we take a look at common combinations of mental health and addiction disorders, typical symptoms, and other related factors that influence community mental health.

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What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation

Updated December, 2020.

Considering mediation training? Wondering how the process fits into our legal system and compares with other mechanisms for dispute resolution?

This post walks prospective students through three main types of dispute resolution: mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

We look at what sets these approaches apart, what they have in common, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each model.

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Is Mediation Certification Your Next Career Move? 4 Questions to Ask

People seek out mediation certification with a number of different goals in mind. Some may be business owners or managers seeking more effective negotiation and leadership skills. Others are human resources professionals looking to strengthen their dispute resolution techniques and facilitate more positive working environments. And others may be working toward a career as a professional mediator who specializes in a particular area, such as workplace or contract conflict, family disputes, issues between landlords and tenants, etc.

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