The Committee began 2014 by circulating the Committee’s Report and recommendations to the larger mediation community – educational institutions, mediation provider organizations, and organizations statewide that serve the mediation community in order to form the Consortium. The organizations, including SCMA, that agree to participate in implementing a new certification program in California will begin the process of organically growing the Consortium. That group will need to assess the projected demand for the certification program, determine a budget for administering the program based on the fees or dues that would have to be collected from certified members, finalize the procedures and requirements for certification, and determine how the consortium itself is to be organized and governed.
During the spring, the Committee was joined by representatives from a number of mediator organizations stretching geographically from Santa Ana to Santa Rosa. Those representatives and Committee members subdivided the ongoing work in developing the Consortium into 4 different Task Forces:
- Business Plan
Each task force is led by a Committee member and the Committee and organizational representatives meet periodically to review and integrate the ongoing task force work.