Success is measured in various quantities – in the duration or length of the path overcome, in the quantity and quality of results achieved, in the nature and depth of changes in society or its individual structural elements, and so on. Obviously, the latter criterion is the most suitable for assessing the implementation of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Grant Project “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation (MEDIATS)” of the EU ERASMUS+ KA2: CBHE Program.
Until recently, the mere mention of this Project stirred the imagination of the University academic community and the general public, aroused the concern of its direct executors from the University – the Project Group of Department of Public Law, gave rise to a sense of belonging to a great common goal – to develop innovative tools.
The growing number of specific cases, the positive changes over time achieved by its direct executors, the University, Ukraine as a whole within the Project, the sharpness of the unusualness, innovation of everything related to it, gradually changed the everyday perception of activities within the MEDIATS Project. Perhaps it’s natural state. But sometimes it does not allow you to see the real highlights in everyday life.
One of the many such highlights in the training of students of the Master Degree Program in Mediation of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University was a two-day online training on “Mediation in Family Disputes” on November 5-6, provided by one of the mediation gurus in Ukraine, Olha Tiutiun. By the way, for a number of years, she has been taking the most active part in the formation of the Chernivtsi School of Mediators, in the professional training of masters-mediators of the Law Faculty of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.
The above-mentioned online training “Mediation in family disputes” was conducted in a special format, which consists of interactive learning of theoretical knowledge, development of mediator competencies in practical exercises and role-playing games with individual feedback, discussion of specific situational exercises in small groups, simulation work, practice the skills of a mediator. With this format, students, future mediators, formed a holistic vision of the procedure of family mediation, a system of theoretical knowledge in the field of family mediation, and a system of skills, their application in practice, practiced the skills of an effective family mediator.
Master’s students have learned: to create an atmosphere conducive to mediation and promote communication and interaction between the parties; to understand the peculiarities of mediators’ interaction and acquired skills of work in co-mediation; to understand better the specifics of family conflicts and the peculiarities of mediation in them; to be aware of their achievements and the necessary areas of professional growth.
Also, they practiced skills involved in the mediation procedure, initiating mediation, preparation for mediation, research of the interests of the parties, the basics of communication, techniques of active listening in the work of the mediator, the rules of conflict-free communication.
The trainer organized interesting work in groups conducted simulations based on cases, which ended with active and interesting discussions.
Increasingly, mediation in Chernivtsi is taking root, becoming a daily affair, transforming into a popular tool for effective conflict resolution in society.
Ruslana Havrylyuk, Manager of the MEDIATS Project Group, Head of the Department of Public Law at CHNU;
Anastasia Spizhavka, assistant of the Department of Public Law, lawyer, mediator, lawyer of the Free Secondary Legal Aid System
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