The online observation days held in December and January proved very popular judging by the feedback of those who joined in.
Finding observation opportunities post training can be very frustrating. It is not always easy to broach the subject of observers or recording with the Parties in mediation and many practicing mediators are not comfortable to do so. however I would urge Mediator colleagues to give the idea some consideration.
Personally I really enjoy having observers with me. Mediations can be intense and emotionally draining but observers whilst passive during sessions, can be encouraging and supportive in the breaks between the sessions. Their insight gained during the session has provided great opportunities for my own professional development and when participants allow recording, one can look back and reflect upon where mediator performance could have been improved. Bearing that in mind, it is not for the faint hearted!