Q: Who is eligible to be listed in the Directory?
A: Only SCMA members are eligible for a listing in the Directory. In addition, members must have completed a 40 hour course in mediation (or the equivalent) or must now be, or have previously been, a member of a recognized court mediation panel. Mediators are also required to disclose any professional degrees or certifications.
Q: Is there any fee to be listed in the Directory?
A: Not at the present time, nor are there any plans to impose a fee. However, if SCMA discovers that the costs to administer and maintain the Directory are greater than expected, the Board of Directors could someday determine that a modest fee must be imposed in order to offset those costs.
Q: How do I apply for a listing in the Directory?
A: SCMA members must complete an online form to apply for a listing in the directory.
Creating a Profile
Q: How do I create my Profile?
A: After applying for a listing in the Directory, you will receive a special password. To create your profile, go to the SCMA website at scmediation.org . Click on the Login button in the top right-hand corner of the page. Enter your e-mail address and your special password to access the Edit Profile Screen. Once there, you may change your password by clicking on the Change Password button
in the top right-hand corner of the page. Then, simply enter the information requested on the Edit Profile page.
Q: How do I add or upload my CV or Resume?
A: When you are editing your Profile, you will see a field – just beneath the “Picture” field – that says “CV/Resume.” You can add your CV or Resume by typing, or copying and pasting, the URL address for your CV or Resume into that field (assuming that your CV or Resume has a URL address.) For those whomay not know, URL stands for “Uniform Resource Locator” and is simply the internet address for a particular web-based page or document. As you will see, the “CV/Resume” field already starts with “http://” Whether you type or cut and paste the URL address into the “CV/Resume” field, be sure that it only appears ONCE. You will also see that further down on the Edit Profile screen, below the “Bio Summary,” there is a “CV/Resume Upload” field. Eventually, you will also be able to upload a .pdf version of your CV or Resume to the Directory. At the present time, however, that field is inactive because there is not yet enough space on the Directory to upload everyone’s .pdf documents.
Q: How do I add links to my website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages?
A: Just beneath the CV/Resume field, you will see fields for “Website,” “Facebook URL” and “LinkedInProfile URL.” Follow the same steps as when adding your CV or Resume, i.e., either type in, or cut and paste, the URL address for your website, Facebook page and LinkedIn Profile page. As with your CV or Resume, be sure that “http://” only appears ONCE in your URL.
Q: Can I select more than one Practice Area?
A: Yes, you can select as many Practice Areas as you like.
Q: What information should I include in the “Summary of Mediation Practice and Fee Structure” and “Bio Summary” boxes?
A: You should include whatever information you would like to share about your mediation practice, style, fee structure, background, etc. These areas are where you can tell prospective users, in your own words, more about you and your mediation practice.
Q: What happens if I click “yes” under ”Reduced Rate Program.”
A: If you click “yes” under ”Reduced Rate Program,” you agree that you are available to handle claims valued at less than $25,000, or claims in which one or more parties are not represented by counsel, at a reduced rate. You further agree that you will either reduce your regular rate by 50% for such claims OR will provide the first two hours at no charge. If you click “yes” under “Reduced Rate Program,” your name will be listed whenever someone using the Directory conducts a search that requests a list of those participating in the Reduced Rate Program.
Q: What is the purpose of the “Keyword” field?
A: The ”Keyword” field allows you to add specific words that will help users find you if they conduct a “keyword” search using specific criteria. For example, if you add the word “Spanish” to your keyword list and someone conducts a search using the keyword “Spanish,” your name will be included in the search results. Here are a few other examples: if there are substantive fields in which you practice that are not represented in the “Practice Area” field, you might want to add them to your keyword list; if you are willing to travel to conduct mediations, you might want to add the word “travel” or a list of counties to your keyword list. Your keyword list should include any keywords that are likely to help users find you when they conduct their searches.