ACR AND ABA CONDUCT ELECTRONIC SURVEY ON PROPOSED MEDIATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution are conducting an electronic survey regarding a proposed national certification program for mediators. ACR sent out an email regarding this survey to its members, the full text of which is reproduced below. Please feel free to pass this along.

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution are exploring the feasibility of a proposed new national certification program for mediators. Certification is the voluntary process by which a nongovernmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has demonstrated certain knowledge, skills and abilities. Certification would not be tied to the completion of a specific course of education or training. We would now like to solicit the views of members, friends, and colleagues to help guide our thinking. We have created a short electronic survey to gather information on the issues we face in creating a certification program. Completing the survey will take no more than 10 minutes of your time. All individual responses will be kept confidential and the results will be aggregated electronically and made available to those taking the survey. In addition to completing the survey, please pass this invitation on to others who you feel would be interested in providing input into a national certification program for mediators. Also feel free to post

this invitation on your webpage.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Mark Wilson from the Association for Conflict Resolution at mwilson@ACRnet.org, or Daniel Taggart from the ABA’s Section of Dispute Resolution Section at taggartd@staff.abanet.org.

To participate in the survey, please go to: http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB2243RLWV8U9

Please complete the survey by February 14, 2005

Thank you,

David A. Hart, ACR Chief Executive Officer

Ellen M. Miller, Director of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution

Association for Conflict Resolution

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