Training - International Family Mediation

Program subject to change and therefore only indicative.

International Family Mediation (IFM)

  1. Specific features of International Family Mediation
    • Specific features of this mediation methodology;
      • Model: International Child Abduction
    • Specific attitude of the international mediator in family matters;
    • Relationship between mediator and prescribers (lawyers, attorneys, judges, government, associations, etc.);
    • Special tools in light of distance and linguistic differences (skype, e-mail, etc.);
    • Influence of the interpreter;
      • Linguistic differences
        Balance between interpreter versus ‘foreign language’
      • Learning and understanding the special steps in international situations;
    • The mediator’s relations with the political and judicial partners;
    • Specific features: deontology – confidentiality.
    • Examples of international mediation in family matters and simulations of international mediation;
  2. IFM in Co-Mediation
    • Co-mediation
      • Intercultural
      • How co-mediators coordinate with each other to achieve optimal cooperation and results (based on personality, Roos van Leary)
    • Preparation of an IFM.
      • What should be questioned before starting the mediation
      • Prepare mediation WITH the lawyer
  3. Interculturality and Multiculturalism
    • Concepts of universalism and differentialism;
    • Binational or multinational and/or multicultural couples and families;
    • Context of migration, emigration and immigration;
      Sociological and psychological consequences for children from different cultural and religious backgrounds;
    • Impact of culture and law.
    • Differences in mediation styles in different cultures.
    • Compare the differences in mediation principles of the different countries
    • This in an interactive exercise by the participants
  4. Sociological aspects
    • Stereotyping and the sociological levels of explanation
    • Intercultural value systems
    • Role of religion and intercultural application
    • Compare different cultures and religions; to acquire a methodology to better manage cross-border conflicts.
  5. Psychology

My psychological profile as a mediator

    • Personality profile of the own person.
    • Strengths and pitfalls

Psychological dynamics (context)

    • Introduction to Systems Theory
    • Influence of family situation
    • Influence of the parenting situation
    • Influence from the environment
      tackling child abduction prevention and restoring family ties;
    • Integration into other cultures

Psychological aspects (individual)

    • Developmental Psychology
    • Trauma and trauma processing
      • Effects on functioning
    • Bereavement Processing
    • Genogram – Sociogram
    • Voice of the child
      • Developmental Psychology
      • Conversation techniques that bring out the child’s wish
  • Special challenges IFM
  • Risks of this mediation
  • Germany: organized by MIKK
  • France: organized by AMORIF International-France
  • Belgium: organized by Child Focus
  • European: organized by “Cross border”
  1. Legal aspects

  • Rights of the child and human rights;
  • Private international law relating to property and inheritance matters;
  • International conventions (The Hague, Luxembourg, Brussels IIbis, Rights of the Child, etc.);
    Bilateral agreements and enforcement of judgments;
  • Central authorities (representation, jurisdiction, etc.);
  • Presentation of the restorative justice system.
  • Differences in legal ways to correctly include them in the agreement for homologation

Under construction.

Check again May 2022 

Accreditation in terms of continous learning submission at the Federale Bemiddelingscommissie. Accreditation expected september 2021

Accreditation submission at Cross Border Family Mediatiors.

Effectiveness of learning is determined by:

  1. 10% is induced by knowledge transfer.
    This is the classic way of teaching.
    The mediation course offers the required knowledge (legal, sociological and psychological insights) and skills (communication, negotiation)
  2. 20% is induced by practicing the theory with feedback. Examples include case discussions and role plays.
    The mediation training ensures extensive and intensive discussion of the experience gained through extensive case discussions and role plays.
  3. 70% is induced and therefore effectively integrated and applied by applying ‘on the job’ with guidance and appropriate feedback.
    Within the framework of intervision, supervision and continuous training, the opportunity is offered to discuss, evaluate and deepen experiences from one’s own practice.

General Information & Location

Lesson dates might be subject to change (Covid-19)!

International Family Mediation in coöperation with Missing Children Europe and Cross Border Family Mediators is submitted for accreditation by the Belgian Federale Bemiddelingscommissie. 

For belgian mediators the admission criterium is to be an ‘erkend bemiddelaar Familiale Zaken’
European mediators need to be a mediator in their country of origin.

The training location will be in Europe.

The training exists of a full week at premises where you will experience the challenges of International Mediators.

The trainers are European professionals in mediation.

Follow the progress and start of our first training at the People Interaction page of Linked In.

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