Mediators are trained to work with individuals, families, and organisations in situations where agreements need to be reached. They have particular training in doing this where there are differences of opinion, and where there is conflict.
Training and Qualifications
In Ireland, there is a recognised training path for mediators, and a professional association, The Mediator’s Institute of Ireland https://www.themii.ie/ which keeps a register of qualified practitioners.
Family mediators have a particular knowledge of family law and the issues that arise following relationship breakdown. They are not necessarily legally qualified (although some may be) but do have a working knowledge of the legal process involved. In mediation within a family context, it is important to ensure the mediator is appropriately qualified and experienced in family work.