“Übung macht den Mediator” (“Practice makes the mediator”) – This German saying accompanied us the whole weekend in module 2 with Sabine Schnarrenberger and Imke Wulfmeyer. The 5 phases of mediation, the 5 pillars of mediation, the moderation and transition of the different mediation phases – these topics were the subject of our numerous exercises. We were able to bring in our own cases from our professional and private lives, work on fictitious cases and all practise both as mediators and as conflict parties. Through further input from Sabine and Imke, such as creative methods, we got an idea of how even highly escalated conflicts or resignation can be resolved. The spontaneous visit of Andrea Hartmann-Piraudeau, during which she gave us an insight into the findings of her PhD thesis, brought a third approach to the discussion, in addition to expertises for team mediation, by Sabine Schnarrenberger and for family mediation, by Imke Wulfmeyer. During the exercises Andrea Hartmann-Piraudeau was able to share tips and experiences from her business mediations. Pearls of knowledge collected at the end of each weekend were the difference between the textbook material on different types of mediation (business, family, teams), the great learning effect during the practical exercises and how important preparation is in order to always be able to use the different mediation tools.

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