The SCMA Mentor Program is designed for the fully committed new mediator who is serious about going into private practice and desires to learn from top practitioners in the field. As a mentee, you recognize that these top practitioners (mentors) are volunteering their valuable time to assist you, and in return, you are promising to devote your best efforts to the program.
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2016 Semester of the SCMA Mentor Program!
“The SCMA Mentor program has been instrumental in helping me launch my mediation practice. The guidance that was given and the speakers that came to give us advice based on their knowledge was excellent. I also want to give a special thank you to Wendy Kramer for her help and guidance. I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking to launch their practice.”
Spring Term Program
4 group sessions held from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on approximately the last Thursday evening of:
In addition, you will be expected to observe 3 half day mediations scheduled during the regular work week during the months of January through May.
Locations for all of these sessions will be provided by the mentors, but will be at various locations in southern California, and you will be expected to provide your own transportation to these sessions. There will be no make-up sessions if you miss a session, and there is no guarantee of availability of observations for you; mentees with prospectively inflexible calendars are encouraged not to apply. Mentees who participate fully in the program will receive a 20 hour certificate of completion from the SCMA.
“The mentor program has given me the forum, opportunity and guidance to plan, and execute my move into full time mediation. The program focuses your efforts, and with the mentor’s guidance, keeps you on track, providing you the necessary tools and learnings to understand and launch your practice. The shadowing opportunities are invaluable; spending time in actual mediations with some of best in our industry, was enlightening and confidence building. Even if you have dipped your toe into mediation, this program will focus and jump start your efforts.”
- The Business of Mediation
- Intake and Convening
- Tracking Disputants
- Getting Paid for Your Services
- The Business of Marketing Your Mediation Services
- Marketing Materials
David Scott Levaton, ESQ
Why The Mentor Program?
Hear it from our members
“I extend my sincere thanks and compliments to Wendy Kramer, Joe Markowitz and Anne Sawyer for implementing the SCMA Mentor Program. I had the opportunity to participate in the Spring 2014 session and have found the program to be very helpful in developing my mediation practice. Wendy is an excellent lead mentor and she has brought together an outstanding group of experienced mediators who have generously shared their mediation expertise and insights with the group. Thanks for accepting me into the program.”
“The SCMA Mentorship Program gave me the push and the confidence I was looking for to pursue this rewarding but somewhat daunting new career path. Wendy Kramer prepared thoughtful and practical discussions on finding a specialty, networking and marketing, and building a lasting practice. She invited several successful mediators to share their insights and advice about how they built their own practices. The mediation observation opportunities were interesting and invaluable. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anybody who is seriously considering a career as a mediator.”