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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787957038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787957032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, professor of law and mediator, University of San Francisco and past president, Academy of Family Mediators and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)

"For all aspiring mediators who have asked the question "How do I make mediation my career?" this book is for you.'"(Bernard Mayer, partner, CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado, and author of The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution )

"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."(Daniel Bowling, executive director, Association for Conflict Resolution)

Recommended Book of the Month (November): Mediation Career Guide by Forrest S. Mosten. If you have ever considered trying to make mediation your day job, this is the book to buy and read. It will help you decide if you have the skills, personality and commitment necessary to become a full-time mediator. It starts by pointing out the time and difficulty three famouse mediators had in establishing their careers (Mosten, Meirding and Melamed) and then gives further examples. It has self assesment materials (usefull ones, not fluff) and contains a solid, direct and applied set of tools for marketing your practice, considering your options, and developing yourself as a mediator. NOT merely a collection of handouts, previous materials or musings, well edited and complete. (Stephen R. Marsh, a mediator in Dallas, Texas. http://adrr.com/index.htm ADR Resources)

"This book applies useful advice about operating a professional services business to the special needs of mediators and is thus a valuable resource to both new and seasoned practitioners. (Virginia Mediation Network News, 1/02)

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"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, professor of law and mediator, University of San Francisco and past president, Academy of Family Mediators and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

"For all aspiring mediators who have asked the question "How do I make mediation my career?" this book is for you.'" —Bernard Mayer, partner, CDR Associates, Boulder, Colorado, and author of The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution

"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." —Daniel Bowling, executive director, Association for Conflict Resolution


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There are also great tips on opening a practice.
Diana L. Mercer
Forrest Mosten has written what must be the definitive book for those who are considering or might consider a career in mediation.
Maxwell D. Epstein, Dean Emeritus, International Students and Scholars, UCLA
The book is well organized and can be read cover to cover or as a reference guide.
Roseanne Pierre

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on November 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I usually wait a little longer than this to write a review of a book, but I'm thoroughly pleased and excited by this one.
Forrest "Woody" Mosten will be familiar to most readers of this page, so I'll just mention that he's been a professional mediator for more than two decades and has written other books on this subject. In the present volume, he provides something new: a thorough, beginning-to-end nuts-and-bolts overview of what's involved in making mediation your regular job. (So far as I know, the only book even remotely comparable is Mosten's own earlier "complete" volume on the practice of mediation.)
And since that's exactly what I'm interested in doing, I'm pleased to say that less than twenty-four hours after receiving the book, I'm _already_ a thousand per cent better informed about what it takes to build a career in mediation.
Mosten starts at the very beginning. After a short introduction explaining how he moved into mediation himself and found it more consonant with his core values than the ordinary practice of law, he puts his readers through a few chapters of self-analysis to help us determine whether mediation might be right for us, too. (And I'm happy to say that I'm now even more firmly convinced that I'm going into what is, for me, the right field.)
Then there's plenty of good advice about how to prepare for such a career, including the all-important question: should you go to law school? All of Mosten's discussions are finely nuanced, with carefully balanced summaries of the factors weighing on each side; the one about law school is especially so.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Maxwell D. Epstein, Dean Emeritus, International Students and Scholars, UCLA on February 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Forrest Mosten has written what must be the definitive book for those who are considering or might consider a career in mediation.
I have known the author since 1970, when he was a law student working part time for me in the foreign student office at UCLA. Even then he was thinking about how he might incorporate his strong social conscience into the practice of law. Ten years later he found his answer when he committed himself to becoming a professional mediator. For Mosten, mediation is more than an efficient means of resolving disputes, it is a way to work as a peacemaker at the person-to-person level. It provides its practitioners who are attorneys with an alternative to the adversarial nature of the legal system, which weighs heavily on many lawyers. Of course it provides the same benefit for clients. He makes his point about mediation as a peace effort dramatically in chapter one, where he states "...don't jump into a growing but still uncertain field like mediation unless you eat, breath and dream about creating peace and resolving conflict and are willing to risk everything to make it happen".
In addition to maintaining a highly successful mediation practice in Los Angeles, Mosten trains future mediators and he has established a nation-wide network of mediation centers. He also is the author of three previous books on mediation.
The author's purpose in writing the book is stated in the first paragraph of the preface, where he says "It was an uphill climb to build my mediation practice. This book is my effort to help you avoid many of the costly mistakes I made along the way".
The book is organized into three parts, each with several chapters, followed by nine appendices. In the first part, "Is Mediation right for You?
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roseanne Pierre on December 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dear fellow mediators or anyone looking into the mediation profession:
Mosten's book, Mediation Career Guide, is just the book I was looking for to strategically guide me through deciding whether to go into mediation as a profession. The book is well organized and can be read cover to cover or as a reference guide. Some of the key parts of the book are 1) Deciding if Mediation is Right for You and 2) Building Your Career as a Mediator.
The chapter on deciding whether to get your law degree or not for mediation was an especially important chapter for me. I completed one year of law school and then decided to re-evaluate my J.D. path. I enrolled in SMU's Dispute Resolution program to help with my decision. Mosten's book is the only mediation book that directly dealt with the J.D. dilemma. The chapter did not tell me what to do or what Mosten thinks is best. Instead, the chapter asked certain questions about my background to see whether a J.D. is a good choice or not.
Mosten's book is a MUST HAVE if you are deciding whether the mediation profession is right for you and how to build a mediation practice.
Thank you Forrest (Woody) Mosten for this book and all of your contributions to the peace-making profession!
Roseanne Pierre
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on March 20, 2005
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It is one thing to learn how to mediate, it is another to learn how to start your business as a mediator. This book focuses on the second task. I found that this book contains good, practical advice for analyzing your own abilities as a mediator and setting up your practice. It even talks about how to establish the physical environment of your office. Combine this with Allan H. Goodman's new, second edition of Basic Skills for the New Mediator, and you should be ready to hang out your shingle.
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