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A process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties.

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Includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives. A mediator is a neutral, impartial third person who facilitates the mediation process. The mediator’s role is to reduce obstacles to communication, assist in identifying issues, explore alternatives, and otherwise facilitate voluntary agreements to resolve disputes, without prescribing what the resolution must be.

Mediation of civil cases within the jurisdiction of the county courts, including small claims.

Mediation of civil cases, other than family matters, in circuit court.

Mediation of family matters, including married and unmarried persons, before and after judgments involving dissolutions of marriage; property division; shared or sole parental responsibility; or child support, custody, and visitation involving emotional or financial considerations not usually present in other circuit civil cases.

For initial certification as a mediator of county court matters, an applicant must have at least a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), must be at least 21 years of age, be of good moral character and must have 100 points.

For initial certification as a mediator of circuit court matters, other than family matters, an applicant must have at least at least a bachelor's degree and must be at least 21 years of age, be of good moral character and must have 100 points.

For initial certification as a mediator of family and dissolution of marriage issues, an applicant must have at least at least a bachelor's degree and must be at least 21 years of age, be of good moral character and must have 100 points.

30 points are earned for successful completion of a Florida Supreme Court Certified mediation training program, additional points are earned for education/mediation experience and from mentorships.

A county court mediation training program must be a minimum of 24 instructional hours. A circuit court mediation training program must be a minimum of 40 instructional hours. A family mediation training program must be a minimum of 40 instructional hours.

County court mediation training must be presented over a minimum of three days and a maximum of 30 days in blocks of time of at least three hours. Circuit court and Family mediation trainings must be presented over a minimum of five days and a maximum of 30 days in blocks of time of at least three hours.

For every hour of training, five minutes of break time shall be added. During each day which lasts over six hours, there shall be a minimum of 30 minutes provided for a meal or extended break.

a. An agenda annotated with the learning objectives to be covered in each section
b. Chapter 44, Florida Statutes
c. Section 415.1034, Florida Statutes
d. Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators
e. Current Operating Procedures Governing the Certification of Mediators
f. Sections 39.201-206, Florida Statutes
g. Sections 69.081, Florida Statutes
h. Section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes
i. Rules 1.700-1.750, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
j. Rule 7.090, Florida Small Claims Rules
k. The Dispute Resolution Center’s bibliography
l. An exercise for reducing an agreement to writing
m. Role play simulation materials for the required role plays
n. Role play critique form

a. An agenda annotated with the learning objectives to be covered in each section
b. Chapter 44, Florida Statutes
c. Section 415.1034, Florida Statutes
d. Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators
e. Current Operating Procedures Governing the Certification of Mediators
f. Sections 39.201-206, Florida Statutes
g. Section 69.081 Florida Statutes
h. Section 286.011(8), Florida Statutes
i. Rules 1.700-1.750, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
j. Rule 7.090, Florida Small Claims Rules
k. The Dispute Resolution Center’s bibliography
l. An exercise for reducing an agreement to writing
m. Role play simulation materials for the required role plays
n. Role play critique form

a. An agenda annotated with the learning objectives to be covered in each section
b. Chapter 44, Florida Statutes
c. Section 415.1034, Florida Statutes
d. Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators
e. Current Operating Procedures Governing the Certification of Mediators
f. Sections 39.201-206, Florida Statutes
g. Chapter 61, Florida Statutes
h. Rules 12.010, 12.610 and 12.740 – 12.741, Family Law Rules of Procedure
i. Model Domestic Violence Screening Protocol
j. The Dispute Resolution Center’s bibliography
k. Written exercises for completion of a financial affidavit including child support
calculations and reducing an agreement to writing
l. Role play simulation materials for the required role plays
m. Role play critique form

a. Conflict Resolution Concepts in County Court Mediation
b. Court Process in County Court Mediation
c. Mediation Process and Techniques in County Court Mediation
d. Communication Skills in County Court Mediation
e. Standards of Conduct/Ethics for Mediators in County Court Mediation
f. Diversity Issues in County Court Mediation
g. Negotiation Dynamics in County Civil Mediation
h. Attorneys and Other Common Participants’ Roles in County Civil Mediation
i. Basic Legal Concepts in County Civil Mediation
j. Financial Issues in County Civil Mediation

a. Conflict Resolution Concepts in Circuit Court Mediation
b. Negotiating Dynamics in Circuit Court Mediation
c. Court Processes in Circuit and County Court Mediation
d. Mediation Process and Techniques in Circuit Court Mediation
e. Communication Skills in Circuit Court Mediation
f. Standards of Conduct/Ethics for Mediators in Circuit Court Mediation
g. Diversity Issues in Circuit Court Mediation
h. Attorneys in Circuit Court Mediation
i. Basic Legal Concepts in Circuit Court Mediation
j. Financial Issues in Circuit Court Mediation

a. Conflict Resolution Concepts in Family Mediation
b. Court Process in Family Mediation
c. Mediation Process and Techniques in Family Mediation
d. Communication Skills in Family Mediation
e. Standards of Conduct/Ethics for Mediators in Family Mediation
f. Community Resources and Referral Process in Family Mediation
g. Diversity Issues in Family Mediation
h. Psychological Issues in Separation and Divorce and Family Dynamics in Family Mediation
i. Issues Concerning the Needs of Children in the Context of Divorce in Family Mediation
j. Florida Family Law in Family Mediation
k. Financial Issues in Family Mediation

Lecture, group discussion, written exercises, mediation simulations and role plays.

In a county court mediation training program, at a minimum, every participant must take part in at least one continuous role play acting as the sole mediator and one continuous role play acting as the disputant. A continuous role play is defined as one beginning with the mediator’s opening statement and continuing for a minimum of 45 minutes.

In a circuit court mediation training program, at a minimum every participant must take part in a least one continuous role play acting as the sole mediator and one continuous role play acting as the disputant, attorney or insurance representative. A continuous role play is defined as one beginning with the mediator’s opening statement and continuing for a minimum of 60 minutes.

In a family mediation training program, at a minimum every participant must take part in at least one continuous role play acting as the sole mediator and one continuous role play acting as a spouse. A continuous role play is defined as one beginning with the mediator’s opening statement and continuing for a minimum of 60 minutes.

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