Mediation Course for Community Leaders

 In Meditation Course, Past Events

This Mediation course aims to equip the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle (IRCC) members and community leaders with direct conflict resolution and facilitation skills to mediate inter-faith and inter-ethnic conflicts.

This 1-day course provides the participants with the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be able to mediate issues on the ground between groups of other ethnic origin or faith. Conducted by trained mediators from the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), with years of law experience, participants can be rest assured that they are in competent hands.

During the first half of the course, participants familiarised themselves with the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills to mediate inter-faith conflicts and racial issues amicably. They get to understand the barriers to community engagement such as stereotypes, languages and misconceptions, and how these can affect one’s ability to mediate conflicts. Participants were taught to recognise and address fault-lines in conflicts, as well as understand the roles of a mediator and grassroots organisations as conduits. The interactive discussion encouraged participants to share their views and experiences.

During the second half, participants experienced hands-on practices and role-plays where they had a try at presiding a mediation session based on realistic scenarios. These are based on likely scenarios that take place in void decks, schools, neighborhood playgrounds. Role-play allows participants to go through the various stages of mediation and also helps to sensitise them to delicate issues involving race and religion. At the same time, it allows participants to ‘wear different hats’ so as to better understand differing perceptions and positions.

About 15 community leaders from various backgrounds participated in the last session conducted on Saturday, 25th February 2012 at the Singapore Mediation Centre. Participants found the course extremely useful as they were able to relate to the case studies shared during the course to their experience while working on the ground. The participants were trained by Mr Lawrence Tan, a founding partner of Eldan Law LLP, a full service law practitioner. Mr Lawrence Tan is an experienced trainer and also a Principal Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. More sessions will be conducted in the coming months and strongly encourage community leaders to take advantage of this course.

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