One of the topics discussed by panelists at the symposium was the issue of mediator credentials. Some states have specific standards that an individual must meet before practicing mediation. Other states, including Connecticut, do not. Nationally, the issue has been studied for a number of years and initiatives have risen and fallen. An across-the-board resolution of the matter seems unlikely any time soon.
Some who are in the market for mediators are attorneys in litigated civil cases who both have and look for a certain level of sophistication. In other instances, the style of a mediation is the most important consideration for the parties. Whatever the area, if the participants can choose their mediator, they should ask questions and carefully evaluate the answers. Starting with a mediator who is a good fit is the first step to finding a solution that fits.