MCDR Mediator Assessment & Certification Day

  • November 12, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • TBD: Bethesda or Annapolis

The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR)

is pleased to announce the next

Mediator Assessment and Certification Program

on Sunday, November 12, 2017

                Location:  Bethesda or Annapolis MD (to be                   determined)
MCDR’s performance-based assessment process is one of the most valuable skills development opportunities available to mediators in the US and is recognized internationally by the International Mediation Institute (IMI).  Since 1996, MCDR has provided a performance-based assessment and certification program that is considered a national model in the ongoing dialogue on quality assurance and mediator credentials.  It is one of the few qualifying mediator assessment programs in the country that is recognized by the International Mediation Institute.


The core of the assessment/certification process is a one hour videotaped mediation role-play during which the candidate mediates a case with two parties and is reviewed by two MCDR certified assessors.  Using a widely tested skills assessment instrument designed by Family Mediation Canada, the two assessors independently assess mediator candidates on three dimensions:  how they manage the process of mediation, how they manage the content of the mediation, and how they manage the relationships of the parties.  Candidates may choose from several different types of role-plays, including a divorce/custody case, a workplace dispute, a civil case, or a community dispute.

All candidates receive oral feedback from role players and assessors as well as written assessments and a DVD of their one-hour mediation. Candidates who do not satisfy the criteria for certification are invited to participate in the process again within one year at no additional cost.


Send your completed application, one-page self-statement and application fee ($325 for MCDR members; $395 for non-members) to:  MCDR, c/o Ellen Kandell, 2026 Glen Ross Rd  Silver Spring MD 20910.  Application deadline is October 27, 2017.

Click the links below for the application materials:
MCDR Certification Application

MCDR Self-Statement for Certification 

Mediators who are interested in discussing the assessment process are welcome to contact MCDR Certification Committee Co-Chair, Ellen Kandell at ; 301-588-5390 or Co-chair Kate Cullen at, 301-606-4578.  More information can also be found at

Participating as a role player is a great way to observe how the process works before becoming a candidate.  To volunteer as a role player or for more information, please contact, Ramona Buck at or 443-418-0392.


The MCDR certification page has a good explanation of many common questions about the certification process.  You can find that information here.  Barbara Williams, Past Chair of the Certification Committee has written a reflection about why she decided to take the MCDR certification.  You can find that here.

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MCDR is the oldest membership-based organization in Maryland dedicated to promoting the use of mediation and supporting

the mediation profession.  We have a proud history of successfully advocating for allowing multiple professions to practice mediation,

halting attempts to restrict the practice some fifteen years ago.  MCDR is the first organization to establish performance based criteria

now in use as a national model, part of an ongoing dialogue on quality assurance and mediator credentials.

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