Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Mediator and Collaborative Attorney

Certified Family Law Specialist

The Mediation Career Guide

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The Mediation Career Guide
y Forrest S. Mosten

2001, Wiley/Jossey Bass

Read on for a description of this exciting new book plus a detailed Table of Contents and endorsements from experts in the mediation field.

If you are a mediator or if you are thinking of becoming a mediator, there are some essential texts you should own. One of those is Mosten's book, the Mediation Career Guide. It is honest, complete and comprehensive. Once you get into it you will have case studies and examples of how long it took very successful mediators to build their careers and the time and expense you can expect. I would seriously encourage anyone who is thinking of making mediation their career or thinking about mediator training to read this book. Stephen R. Marsh
Stephen R. Marsh

Peacemaking Can be your Passion and Your Day Job

In this definitive guide, Forrest Mosten—an internationally recognized mediation expert—helps would-be mediators answer the critical question “Do I have the values, skills, personality, and commitment necessary to mediate?”

Step-by-step Mosten helps aspiring mediators tackle such difficult decisions as whether or not to go to law school and how to choose the right academic conflict resolution program.

Throughout the book, he shows how to create a unique mediation “signature” based on personal vision, define potential markets and needs, and develop a mediation-friendly office and staff. He also explains the nuts-and-bolts of a mediation practice and describes how to launch and maintain a private practice, create a viable business plan, and manage the budget of capital/time investment and operating expenses.

A comprehensive resource, the book also explores a wealth of timely topics including the need to establish standards of the profession, how to maintain confidentiality, the pros and cons of co-mediation, and the place of mediation in the process of court and law reform.

Straightforward and reader-friendly, the Mediation Career Guide is filled with practical tips, self-surveys, diagrams, reading resources, a list of training programs and volunteer opportunities, budget forms, and model standards of conduct. This hands-on resource is designed to make the challenging journey of becoming a peacemaker a one-step-at-a-time manageable process.

“Woody Mosten has done it again—providing a complete (how is it that he misses nothing?) and practical guide filled with brilliant ideas, useful tools, just go do it insights, and invaluable advice for all mediators, no matter how long they have been in the field. Woody is a genius at making things happen and teaching the rest of us how to do what he seems to do effortlessly. His generosity with what he has learned is a gift to the entire field. Personally, he is a gift to the entire world for teaching mediators to facilitate others to resolve conflicts without violence.”

Daniel Bowling, JD
Executive Director of the Association for Conflict Resolution
(ACR), a merged organization of AFM, CREnet, and SPIDR.

The Mediation Career Guide
A Strategic Approach to Building a Successful Practice
By Forrest S. Mosten

Table of Contents

PART I: Is Mediation Right For You?
Chapter 1: Can Mediation Be Your Day Job?
Chapter 2: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Mediator?
Chapter 3: Can You Do The Work?
Chapter 4: Education And Training
Chapter 5: Job Opportunities In Mediation

PART II: Building Your Career As A Mediator
Chapter 6: Creating Your Mediation Signature
Chapter 7: Expanding Your Mediation Services
Chapter 8: Defining Your Target Market
Chapter 9: Creating A Mediation-friendly Environment

PART III: The Nuts & Bolts Of Private Practice
Chapter 10: Setting Up Your Office
Chapter 11: Planning And Investing In Yourself
Chapter 12: Managing Your Practice
Chapter 13: Marketing Your Practice Effectively
Chapter 14: What Do You Do Next Monday?

Epilogue: The Evolving Field Of Mediation

Mediator Self Survey

Appendix Section
Appendix 1: Professional Standards And Model Legislation
Appendix 2: Mediation Training And Educational Programs
Appendix 3: Books And Resources
Appendix 4: Mediation Organizations
Appendix 5: Opportunities For Mediators
Appendix 6: Sample Budget Forms
Appendix 7: Sample Practice Formsappendix Eight: Mediation Pledges

Woody Mosten’s ‘Mediation Career Guide – A Strategic Approach to Building a Successful Practice’ takes pride of place on my bookshelf. Inside the front cover, there is pressed leaf that always brings to mind a special time. I immediately associate thoughts of hope and change, inspired by Woody’s clarity of thought and purposeful inspiration.

When the planes crashed into Twin Towers on 9/11/2001 I was in my law office in Scotland, my life partner, Karina, was at Harvard University on an advanced management program and our closest friend Michelle was at her desk in downtown Manhattan. In October, the three of us met in the tranquillity of Martha’s Vineyard, all realising how fortunate we were. The book I took with me was the Career Guide as I had set myself the target of moving into mediation full time. That week of reading and reflecting set the course for my career since.

I wrote a one page action plan and within a year I left the law to set up the Scottish Mediation Network and begin my freelance practice. My mediation career since has offered wonderfully diverse opportunities across Scotland, then New York and now London. In 2004, I first met Woody and am honoured now to count him as a friend and guiding mentor. H is absolute commitment to developing the practice of peace-making in the most practical and thoughtful of ways will, I am certain, benefit all who encounter him.

Ewan A Malcolm
Chief Executive, Relate London North West, London

“At last, a book which we can recommend with confidence to those who want to be a mediator. Woody Mosten, as wise practitioner and mentor, has written a comprehensive and thoughtful guide for aspiring mediators. This volume anticipates and answers all the practical questions about becoming a mediator and provides a map for those interested in successfully traveling the mediation path.” Jay Folberg
Jay Folberg
Professor of Law and Mediator
University of San Francisco
Bernard Mayer

“For all aspiring mediators who have asked the question: How do I make mediation my career—this book is for you. Woody Mosten does a wonderful job of providing practical and creative suggestions and resources for how to investigate mediation as a field, obtain quality training, start and market a practice, and above all create your mediation signature. This book is an important resource for everyone entering our field.”

Bernard Mayer, Mediator and Partner,
CDR Associates,
Boulder Colorado, and Author,
The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution

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© Forrest S. Mosten

Certified Family Law Specialist
Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California