Mediation Training: Maintaining Standards in an Online World

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

This is the second of a two-part piece looking at the impact of Coronavirus lockdown on the work of a professional mediation company. In part one, UK Mediation CEO Dr Mike Talbot looked at professional standards in mediation practice. Here, Mike discusses mediation training standards. Mediation: harder than it looks? Quite a few of the 5,000 or so trainees who …

Mediation Practice: Maintaining Standards in an Online World

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

This is the first of a two-part piece looking at the impact of Coronavirus lockdown on the work of a professional mediation company. Here, UK Mediation CEO, Dr Mike Talbot, discuss mediation practice. Part two looks at professional standards in mediation training. What just happened? None of us saw this coming. A matter of weeks ago, we were running face-to-face …

So Now We’re All Online Mediators!

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

Right, now that I’ve just about caught my breath after six days of re-jigging everything I do, it’s time to get some thoughts down (sitting, in shorts, at my home computer!) Suddenly, the mediation world has moved online and, if you’d have told me even a week ago that we’d be where we are now, I would have at least …

Greta Thunberg: Autism, Asperger’s & Conflict Resolution

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

I’ve been thinking over the weekend about last week’s visit of Greta Thunberg to Bristol, where she led the ‘School Strike for Climate’ protest. Around 20,000 people joined in – and that’s despite Friday’s pouring rain! Now I’m not going to use this space to talk about climate change, the value or otherwise of direct action, whether we should have …

When Mediation Isn’t Enough

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

I wish I could be given £10 each time someone hears that I’m a mediator these days and they ask, ‘So, you gonna sort out this Brexit mess, then? Ha ha!’. (Actually, I wish I could get £28.87, but more on that later). And of course, Brexit is not the only conflict that is big in the news: there’s the …

Case Supervision: Developing Skills, Building Confidence & Sharpening Insight

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

Spending most of your working day trying to resolve people’s conflict can be quite draining. And although us mediators can learn how not to get drawn into other people’s disputes, inevitably we can find that a little bit of the hostility, persecution, and ill-feeling between people can end up staying with us. My own background is as a psychotherapist, and …

Intransigence: The Lady’s Not for Turning

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

OK, I give in. I have been resisting writing anything about Brexit for the last 32 months, but with the supposed leaving date just around the corner, with a petition to revoke Article 50 now topping more than 5.5 million signatures, and with the sight of one million people on the streets of London this past weekend, I think that …

Five Surprising Factors of Workplace Mediation!

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

About twenty years ago, I started practising workplace mediation. As a psychotherapist and organisational consultant, I had originally been offering stress management, soft skills training, and other services, but now some of them wanted to find a better way to resolve grievance-type issues and to head off formal processes. So off I went! My first dozen or so cases mostly …

What We Do (and Don’t Do!)

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

The first in a series of articles commemorating the 20th anniversary of UK Mediation… Mediation can often be a confusing area to navigate for those looking to seek out its services. With so many providers populating the industry, all claiming to offer different things or be the best ones around, it can be quite the headache if you’re not entirely sure …

Complaints Mediation: An Alternative to the Courts?

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

So first of all, what’s a ‘complaint’? Well, in most people’s terms, we mean some kind of an expression of dissatisfaction: that the goods or services that someone got didn’t meet their expectations. Either that, or the consumer feels unhappy about how they were dealt with by the provider when things started to go wrong. Most complaints, whether they arise in …

Mediation: A Review of 2018

James Watson Dr Mike Talbot, Videos

As we come to the end of 2018, our CEO & Founder, Dr Mike Talbot, looks back at some of the high-profile events from the last 12 months where mediation was used, or could have been used. Read Mike’s blog – Mediation: A Review of 2018

UK Mediation’s Dr Mike Talbot interviewed on ‘Overthinking Conflict’ podcast

James Watson Articles, Dr Mike Talbot, Media & Events

Our CEO & Founder, Dr Mike Talbot, was interviewed recently for this week’s episode of the ‘Overthinking Conflict’ podcast. Presented by Amanda Semenoff and C.D. Saint, the podcast explores the ‘fascinating corners of peacemaking’ and covers topics such as mediation, conflict resolution, and the psychology of conflict, all areas close to Mike’s heart, so he was delighted to be their …

Mediation in Healthcare Settings

Dr Mike Talbot Articles, Dr Mike Talbot

Some of the most stressful times of our lives are spent dealing with our own and our loved ones’ medical emergencies or episodes of ill-health. Whether receiving bad news, spending prolonged periods in hospital, or having to make critical choices about care, our fear and upset can make it extremely difficult to contribute positively to crucial healthcare decisions. What we …