MCDR is a Certification Agency of the IMI

     MCDR is committed to promoting only the highest standards of integrity, quality and competence among our practitioners. Achieving this goal is a part of our stated mission.  To that end MCDR is proud to have been approved in 2012 as a Certification Agency by the International Mediation Institute (IMI).  The IMI is a non-profit foundation and public service initiative established to promote high competency standards and transparency in the practice of mediation.

Below is our notification of approval as a Certification Agency of the IMI 

From: Emma Ewart <>

Subject: QAP Application APPROVED

Date: 16 January 2012 6:54:26 PM NZDT


Cc: Irena Vanenkova <>

Dear Ramona,

I am delighted to bring you the news that the MCDR QAP application has been approved! Congratulations, and thank you for all of your hard work towards making this happen! 

I would like to offer my assistance with the further steps of qualifying mediators for IMI Certification. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. 

The next step is for you to set up a dedicated MCDR QAP email address ( (or something similar) so that I can set up the MCDR QAP User profile in the IMI system, and guide you through the process of qualifying your mediators for IMI Certification!

We are now preparing the announcement of this good news. I have prepared the following text to be added to the IMI Web Portal. If you would let me know whether you are happy with the text of these items, once we have confirmation we will make the announcement and publish these pages as soon as possible:

1) Brief summary of MCDR to be added to the 'Find a QAP' page (

"Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR) 

Professionals in Conflict Resolution

The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR) is a vibrant 501(c)(3) organization, which has been in operation for more than a decade. It is devoted to the personal and professional growth of dispute resolution practitioners in the State of Maryland. MCDR is a prime vehicle for mediator certification and networking. It serves as an ADR professional development organization and its executive board is comprised of a diverse group of professionals with a vital thread - a genuine commitment to alternative dispute resolution and conflict management. Members are from the private sector, federal, state and local government.

To view the MCDR Qualifying Assessment Program for IMI Certification, click here
To view the MCDR website, click here
To contact MCDR in regards to becoming qualified for IMI Certification, email: _____________"

I have borrowed the above text from your application, please feel free to edit it! Also, the page will feature the MCDR logo - would you kindly send me a high resolution version of the MCDR logo?

2) The first link under the summary will lead to the full MCDR QAP profile, which you can view here:

3) Draft News Item announcing the new QAPs (two other QAPs are being approved):

"New QAPs from Portugal, Romania and USA can qualify Mediators for IMI Certification!
Three new Qualifying Assessment Programs (QAPs) have been approved by the Independent Standards Commission to qualify mediators for IMI Certification:
Portugal - Instituto de Formação e Certificação de Mediadores Lusófonos (IFCML)
Romania - Transylvanian Institute of Mediation (TIM)
USA -  Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR)

Accordingly, these institutions are empowered to qualify mediators via their QAPs for IMI Certification. 

For further details on IMI Qualifying Assessment Programs, please visit:

Becoming an IMI Qualifying Assessment Program (QAP):
For more information on the QAP process, we invite you to visit the 'Apply to become a Qualifying Assessment Program' page on our website:

(This text will also be included in a newsletter that will be soon sent out to all those registered in the IMI system.)

I hope this is all okay Ramona and I look forward to hearing from you and to putting this information on line very soon!

Kind regards, 


Emma Ewart 
IMI Operations Manager 
New Zealand 

This e-mail is copied to: 
Irena Vanenkova 
Executive Director 
International Mediation Institute 

Laan van Meerdervoort 70 
2517 AN The Hague 
The Netherlands 

+ 7 495 573 0240 
+ 7 495 572 8759 
+ 7 926 116 4714 
+ 7 903 712 6915 
Skype:  irena.vanenkova

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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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