About the Small Claims Practicum

 

Important Notice:

 

The Small Claims Practicum is now closed. No new applications will be received or considered.

 

How Does the Practicum Work?

In the Court Mediation Practicum, participants add a practical component to their prior mediation training by co-mediating 10 Small Claims Court disputes with the guidance and supervision of mentors. The Practicum also includes two mandatory orientation sessions with training materials provided.

During the practicum, practicum mediators communicate with the Court Mediation Program office, which coordinates the participants' availability, the mentors' availability and the scheduled mediation sessions. For each mediation session, the practicum mediator is paired with a mentor. To provide an extensive and varied learning experience, we try to pair practicum mediators with a few different mentors for the 10 mediation sessions.

The practicum mediator and the mentor debrief after the mediation session. Written feedback is also provided to the practicum mediator after each session.

The Mentored Mediation Setting

The practicum mediator and the mentor co-mediate the mediation session.

Each mentor arranges to meet with the practicum mediator prior to the session. They discuss strategies in conducting the mediation session as well as the learning expectations of the practicum mediator.

The role of the practicum mediator during the session depends on his or her skills and comfort level. While practicum mediators are encouraged to practice their mediation skills, the mentor may lead or intervene during the session to ensure that the parties receive high quality mediation services. 

The practicum mediator and the mentor debrief after the mediation session. Written feedback is also provided to the practicum mediator after each session.