SPIDR Competencies for Mediators
Questions about what qualifies an individual to serve as a mediator in environmental and complex public disputes are arising with ever increasing frequency from potential clients and practitioners. As federal and state legislatures and government agencies seek to authorize and/or use mediation processes, they look for advice and guidance about who is qualified to mediate complex, multi-party cases. Likewise, parties to a conflict, who frequently have a voice in selecting a mediator, also look for assistance. And from the other side as aspiring mediators and mediators from other sectors explore working with complex public disputes, they too inquire about the basic credentials needed to function effectively in this arena.