Welcome Peacemakers to our 7th instalment of our Mediation Symposium. The technique of reframing is a vital tool for any mediator. In many cases the mediator will reframe what a disputant has said, using positive language so that the other disputant can appreciate the alternative perspective which is so often lost in the emotional rhetoric of disputes. In a sense the entire mediation exercise reframes the picture of the dispute and the disputants themselves. When we say a mediator helps a disputant to “walk in the shoes” of the other disputant we are really building an appreciation for alternative views, different perspectives and the fact that your reality is not the same for others.

We have chosen this theme “Reframing our Reality through mediation” to highlight not only the transformatory aspect of mediation but to highlight how important it is for us to resolve many disputes by interrogating the different realities for different groups and individuals on the issues which we often have to face and deal with together. The topics that we have chosen this year such as, governance, industrial relations, domestic violence, and violence will demonstrate the wider utility of mediation as a mindset for us to patiently appreciate opposing views if we are to collaborate on a joint future.


Mon 11th Sep, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
*Morning Session - Limited to 80 Participants

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Tue 12th Sep, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wed 13th Sep, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The participants would be expected to:

Enhance their learning on mediation skills
Understand the importance of the profession
Become familiar with the regulatory framework and ethical guidelines
Identify key specialist growth areas in mediation
Develop a mediation association.

We look forward to sharing our different realities with one another over the next few days.

Enjoy the Symposium!

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  We hope to achieve with this year’s symposium: for our young people to build a cadre of young mediator ambassadors and to increase the popularity of peer mediation programmes; for civil society to create a better awareness of the use of mediation techniques in resolving disputes and creating platforms for dialogue and for our mediators: enhancing their mediation competencies and to continue the development of the mediation profession consistent with “best practices”. The symposium will act as a springboard for other mediation activities with a Peace Village at Woodford Square on Friday September, 2017 and International Peace Day activities in San Fernando on 21st September 2017.

We are pleased that this year we have collaborated with our certified mediation agencies in implementing this programme and we acknowledge the assistance and contribution of the Dispute Resolution Centre, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Centre of Trinidad and Tobago, the Environmental Commission, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Mediate It Limited, and TCHD International Centre for Mediation & Mediation Studies and the Judiciary on our working committee. We also acknowledge the assistance and collaboration of the Rotary Club Princess Town on our committee.

Together with our feature presentations in this year’s symposium there are parallel panels, workshops, private meetings and skills based exercises. Hopefully the variety in our symposium package will be rewarding for all. We have in fact “reframed” our programme to putting the young people first! They will be starting our symposium on the first day with a number of activities some of which they will showcase to the wider delegation.