New Mediator Training Program Developed by Nutfield Mediation

We are pleased to announce a new program offered at Nutfield Mediation to assist new mediators in obtaining their state certification: "Nutfield Mediation's Mediator Bridge Training Program."  This six-session, 12-hour program is selective and offered at no-cost to those new mediators seeking to jump-start their knowledge and who are willing to try to exceed the current state certification Board minimum requirements.

Our inaugural class is currently in session, and we anticipate conducting approximately two programs per year, depending on need.  After completion of the Program, Nutfield Mediation will act as mentor and intern supervisor for qualified candidates for certification.  If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, contact us today.

If You Have Been Married at Least Ten Years...

Nutfield Mediation's April Tip of the Month

Although mediators are not ethically allowed to provide legal advice or counseling, experienced mediators can provide their clients with a lot of important information. 

For instance, here is a little-known, but valuable piece of information that can be worth thousands of dollars in additional retirement income to you or your ex-spouse:  If you become divorced after at least ten years of marriage, you may be eligible for a higher Social Security benefit than you would qualify for on your own.  And the best part is, this increased benefit will not cost your ex-spouse a dime.  To learn whether you may benefit from this Social Security "ten year rule," follow the link below:

https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/divspouse.html

Tony

Interviewing the Mediator

I recently had a couple who were facing a divorce, come to my office for a free, initial consultation.  After sitting down at the table together, they asked if it would be okay if they interviewed me for the job of assisting them through the divorce process.  They explained that the interview they were hoping to conduct would include asking me quite a few personal questions.  It only took me a few seconds to let them know that the interview was not only okay, but that I considered it appropriate!

They spent the next 20 minutes or so asking me questions on a wide range of topics, such as my views on religion and politics, whether I had raised any children and how I had raised them, my ethnicity, my mediation style and much more.  I was very open with them, and as the discussion progressed, I realized that they were not so much judging me on my answers, as they were gaining a level of comfort from my willingness to be open with them.  Their consultation lasted about 90 minutes and they contacted me the next day to let me know they had decided they would like to work with me.

The moral of this particular story is not that a good interview usually leads to a job, but rather, that trust is a two-way street. 

Tony