Creating the Chernivtsi Mediation School together with MEDIATS Project

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Creating the Chernivtsi Mediation School together with the MEDIATS Project of the EU Program Erasmus+: CBHE

One of the strategic goals of this Project is to transform the universities that are its partners into leading national players in promoting European values of mediation as a separate non-violent conflict resolution culture, which is fundamentally different from other types of conflict resolution culture in society. Naturally, the solution to such fundamental problems is not possible for individuals, but only for united professional teams of professionals. In the language of the conceptual-categorical apparatus of classical universities, such collectives are traditionally referred to as the respective schools.

Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University is well known in Ukraine and abroad for scientific, educational, artistic and other schools.  One of these is Chernivtsi Law School.

Chernivtsi Law School has set an ambitious goal to create a highly professional Chernivtsi Mediation School. Such a school should have its own personality, possessing only professional traits, real authority among the community of mediators in Ukraine and Europe and especially among the general public. It is from this perspective that the university is considering and implementing the MEDIATS Project of the EU Erasmus+: СBHE Program.

For this purpose, a whole system of measures aimed at the education of highly professional mediators from the scientific and pedagogical staff of the University and Master’s students of the profile specialized educational and professional program “Mediation” are already being implemented.

One of the important areas of this work is the development of advanced training of academic staff of the University, that involved in this program at the best European mediation centers. Recently, from November, 8 to November, 17 such a qualification was passed by Volkova Nataliia. She is a mediator, a lawyer, an assistant professor at the Department of Public Law. She has been selected for such an internship at the World Center for Nonviolent Communication (Mediation) in Leesteyen, Germany.

According to the Nataliia Volkova Internship Report, the main content of her internship was to passage methodological training and two-week trainings for the purpose of teaching nonviolent communication in higher education institutions.

Nataliia Volkova also studied the philosophy that underlies the creation and functioning of the World Center for Nonviolent Communication (Mediation), its basic principles of organization, a vision of its own goals, ways and resources to achieve them.

Nataliia Volkova especially highlighted the following aspects of her experience in her Internship Report: “An obvious features of the organization of educational and methodological and research work of the World Center for Nonviolent Communication are: Certification program; International intensive trainings; Promotion of NVC trainings; Sponsorship NVC social change projects; Creation or help with creation NVC training materials; Dissemination and/or realization NVC educational materials; Promotion of communication between the general public and the NVC community.

Another important feature of this work is that in performing methodological tasks or research projects, certified trainers work closely with candidates and representatives of organizations working in the field of nonviolent communication and mediation training.

In developing and implementing a policy of motivation for high-quality education and dissemination of non-violent communication methods, the highest priority is given to the creation of adequate awareness of mediation. The website of the organization provides various opportunities to participate depending on the degree of competency of the individual and the way in which education is provided. NVC Academy offers trainings to a large number of CNVC certified trainers, through its multimedia library, online seminars and courses on the phone; creating NVC student practice groups in the local community, including through educational institutions.

The World Center for Nonviolent Communication systematically engages in the implementation of the educational program in collaboration with a local organizer/host group or individual. It has developed a clear system of requirements for the quality of training for a person to participate in training and further certification – knowledge of basic NVC skills, principles of disseminating (teaching) the structure of dialogue (mediation).

Proposals for the use of internship results: creative introduction of German experience in: organization of the educational process, optimization of the structure of the Master’s program “Mediation” by including the study of basic methods of nonviolent communication – expression of personal feelings, a clear message about emotional state, “I” message; empathetic response; building a connection of the parties; ensuring the quality of educational services at all levels of the educational process; introduction of activities of practical groups of students on exchange of international experience in NVC”.

Maryna Fedorchuk

Member of the MEDIATS Project

“The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”