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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Facilitate the development of trust in the process
  2. Assist parties to share problem solving and negotiation
  3. Work within limitations of the mediation process

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit

Essential knowledge

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

These include

Understanding of familygroup dynamics

Understanding of the importance of significant others for the process of mediation and the implementation of outcomes

Understanding of the application of the Relevant legislation

Awareness of the impact of culture on the progress of the mediation

Understanding of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information

Sufficient understanding of other legislation such as property law that may impact on the definition of the dispute

Awareness of ones own strengths and limitations in handling the mediation process and the boundaries of ones role

The interaction of different values beliefs assumptions and prejudices and their effect on the process

Clarity over professional and personal boundaries the knowledge of how to retain professional warmth empathy and objectivity while keeping personal feelings and experiences in abeyance

Awareness of ones own interpersonal communication style and the effect it has on others

Awareness of personal responses to conflict and high emotion

Essential skills

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to

Use appropriate interpersonal skills and knowledge of the Agency system to guide the mediation process to

apply knowledge skills and ethics relevant to the areas of practice as outlined in the NADRAC standards

apply mediation with an awareness and sensitivity to conflict culture and context

apply skills in negotiation communication and decisionmaking

demonstrate understanding and implementation of relevant procedures

use appropriate interpersonal skills knowledge of the agency system to facilitate the mediation process

Demonstrate integrity and trustworthiness

Demonstrate fairness and lack of bias at all times

Apply the agency systems

Apply accurate understanding of own work roles and responsibilities in relation to service delivery

In addition the candidate must be able to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

These include the ability to

Create means by which an emotionally safe and empathic environment

Provide means for communicating with people with disabilities or where English is not the first language

Apply methods of communicating with different age religious gender and sexual identity groups

Demonstrate application of skills in

nonjudgemental communication techniques

using strategies that empower parties to assist in gaining the best outcomes

cultural subcultural awarenesssensitivity

demonstrating empathy

using appropriate body language

reflecting summarising and paraphrasing

asking openended questions

the ability to ask direct questions about issues in dispute in a sensitive and appropriate way

recognition of clientworker power differences

maintaining confidentiality

active listening

If needed use a qualified interpreter whose involvement will not jeopardise the safety of the parties or parties family

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria Required Skills and Knowledge the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this unit of competency

The individual being assessed must provide evidence of specified essential knowledge as well as skills

Evidence of competency in this unit will need to be assessed over a period of time in order to gather evidence of consistent performance

This will include contexts applicable to the work environment such as actual or simulated workplace situations involving a combination of direct indirect and supplementary forms of evidence

Evidence will be determined by selection from the Range Statement justified in terms of work requirements work roles and responsibilities and occupational specialisations

Access and equity considerations

All workers in community services should be aware of access equity and human rights issues in relation to their own area of work

All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

In recognition of particular issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities workers should be aware of cultural historical and current issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues in particular relating to factors impacting on Aboriginal andor Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This unit can be assessed independently however holistic assessment practice with other community services units of competency is encouraged

Where assessment is conducted within the workplace there are no resource implications above those normally available in the workplace

Where assessment is conducted in a simulated or nonworkplace environment then access to the necessary equipment and research resources should be providedAccess to simulated exercises case studies related to mediation service delivery issues is also required if nonworkplace assessment paths are utilised

Where assessment is conducted in a simulated or non-workplace environment then access to the necessary equipment and research resources should be provided
Access to simulated exercises, case studies related to mediation service delivery issues is also required if non-workplace assessment paths are utilised

Method of assessment

Demonstration of competency within the working environment in preparing for the mediation process

Where there is not an opportunity to cover all relevant aspects in the work environment the remainder should be assessed through realistic simulations projects previous relevant experience or oral questioning on what if Scenarios

Observation of processes and procedures oral andor written questions on Essential knowledge and skills and consideration of required attitudes

Where performance is not directly observed andor is required to be demonstrated over a period of time andor in a number of locations any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues supervisors clients or other appropriate persons

Review of any documentation produced by the candidate related to the preparation for mediation

Related units

This unit should be assessed after or in conjunction with related unit

CHCCOMA Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Knowledge refers to:

The understanding of relevant theories, principles, practices their application and other aspects of knowledge, which may be desirable or necessary in order to practice effectively an ADR process

Party responsibility refers to:

The desire and capability the party demonstrates to seek a resolution within the mediation framework

Limitations of the mediation process refers to:

Differences between mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes