מאת: דר דוד סילורה-מגשר מהו"ת ומנכ"ל סילפר גישור והדרכה.
במייילים הרצים בין גופי גישור בארצות הברית, שאלה מגשרת אורחת -עורכת דין מברזיל שלמדה יישוב סכסוכים וגישור באחת האוניברסיטאות – היכן היא יכולה לצפפות בגישורים? לקיים פרקטיקום? לעבוד בגישור טרם חזרתה לברזיל.
התשובות שקיבלה מפתיעות ומזכירות את המצב בישראל – עשרות מגשרים חדשים מסיימים קורסי גישור בסיס אבל, לרובם אין עבודה. חלק גדול נרשם למרכזי גישור בקהילה – אך, גם שם אין תיקים לגישור. ויש פער בין מגשרים ותיקים לבין מגשרים חדשים.
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Ah ha. That is the big problem with mediation as I am learning. Most of the community centers run mediation workshops as a way to help get income, as the government greatly cut back on funding and they need to stay afloat.
And so, each center will have 3 or 4 trainings per year, with 20 people or so. And then many of those 60-80 people want to get more experience.
So some centers offer apprenticeships in which you can observe and then co-mediate and then get certified. However, bear in mind there are only so many cases per week or month, and they need to be divvied up amongst not only the 60-80 new trainees but also all the old certifieds who volunteer.
Of course theoretically you could try other community mediation centers. But they often require you to do their specific training, even if you have already completed someone else's. Again, partially a revenue thing, partially a learning reason. There are court mediators and arbitrators but I have not managed to find a way to get them to allow me to observe.
Now, add to this that many private individuals prefer to charge to have you observe their mediations. They also call them apprenticeships, so you are going to get hands-on experience. But I've learned even when you ask (repeatedly many times) to simply observe unobtrusively, and not demand any of their time or effort without even a debrief, they either don't respond or push you towards their revenue models.
I do believe there are a few community centers that are more open to people observing without being formally part of the program (I vaguely remember one in the Bronx maybe?) but I have yet to find a good solution to doing observations in the NYC area without having to take the center's mediation basic program and be an apprentice.
Also, I would highly suggest the John Jay Mediation breakfasts, they are outstanding and you meet fabulous people. I personally work with CLUSTER in Westchester (Yonkers, about 20 minutes by train from NYC) where Jenny Besch is the most awesome terrific center director.
I have taken trainings with Sequoia Stadtler as well and he is so awesome. If you find a good solution please let me know.