Tennessee Supreme Court (TSC) Rule 31 Mediator Training

Upcoming TSC Rule 31 Mediator Training Dates / Cities

July 29-Aug. 2 2019 (Mon-Fri)

TSC Rule 31 GENERAL CIVIL MEDIATOR Training

8:30am - 5:30pm CST

NASHVILLE, TN

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July 29-Aug. 3 2019 (Mon-Sat)

TSC Rule 31 FAMILY MEDIATOR Training

8:30am - 5:30pm CST

NASHVILLE, TN

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July 31-Aug. 3 2019 (Wed-Sat)

TSC Rule 31 CIVIL to FAMILY MEDIATOR Crossover Training

8:30am - 5:30pm CST

NASHVILLE, TN

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Aug. 1 & 2, 2019 (Thurs & Fri)

TSC Rule 31 FAMILY to CIVIL MEDIATOR Crossover Training

8:30am - 5:30pm CST

NASHVILLE, TN

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Aug. 26-30, 2019 (Mon-Fri)

TSC Rule 31 GENERAL CIVIL MEDIATOR Training

8:30am - 5:30pm CST

MEMPHIS, TN

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What are the Requirements to Become a TSC Rule 31 Mediator?

PROVISIONS REGARDING QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING OF RULE 31 MEDIATORS

Before being listed as a Rule 31 Mediator, applicants are required, pursuant to Rule 31, Section 14., to meet certain qualifications in Education, Work Experience, and Training. There are two different types of Rule 31 Listings, General Civil and Family. Applicants can become listed as one type or as both types. Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree. Applicants must complete a 40 ADR Commission approved training for General Civil Listing or a 46 hour ADR Commission approved training for Family Listing before submitting an application. The training must be completed prior to submitting an application.

TSCR31 Section 14. Rule 31 Mediators.

No person shall act as a Rule 31 Mediator without first being listed by the ADRC. To be listed, an applicant must:

1) submit an application and pay application fees set by the ADRC;

2) comply with the qualification and training requirements set forth in this section. All training must have been approved by the ADRC as set forth in subsection (f) and must have been completed within the six years immediately preceding the application seeking Rule 31 Mediator listing;

3) certify in writing an intention to comply with the conditions and obligations imposed by Rule 31, including those requirements related to pro bono obligations;

4) submit two character references evidencing good character and suitability for the practice of mediation;

5) disclose convictions for any felony or for a misdemeanor involving violence, dishonesty or false statement if such conviction is ten years old or less as provided in Tennessee Rule of Evidence 609;

6) If the applicant's profession requires licensing, the applicant shall also provide documentation that the applicant is in good standing or possesses a valid license with the Board or Agency charged with issuing licenses to practice in the applicant's profession. Failure to pay board or agency dues when there is no intent by the applicant to practice in the licensed occupation or profession in the jurisdiction of licensure shall not constitute a lack of good standing for purposes of Rule 31;

7) If the applicant has held a professional standing which requires licensing, the applicant shall also provide documentation of the applicant’s complete disciplinary history including closed and open grievances for each license the applicant has held. The applicant must not have a disciplinary history with the Board or Agency charged with issuing licenses to practice in any such profession that would demonstrate an unsuitability for the practice of mediation. If the applicant has been licensed at one time and is no longer licensed in his/her occupation or profession due to disciplinary reasons, the applicant will not be approved for listing and may reapply when his/her license has been restored.

(a) Rule 31 Mediators in General Civil Cases.

(1) To be listed by the ADRC as a Rule 31 Mediator in general civil cases, one must  also:
(i) meet one of the following education/work experience requirements:
(A) have a graduate degree plus four years of full time work experience. Full time work experience shall be defined as 35 hours or more of work per week.
(B) have a baccalaureate degree plus six years of full time work experience. Full time work experience shall be defined as 35 hours or more of work per week.
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(ii) complete and provide proof of attendance of 40 hours of general mediation training which includes the curriculum components specified by the ADRC for Rule 31 Mediators in general civil cases. 

(b) Rule 31 Mediators in Family Cases.

(1) To be listed as a Rule 31 Mediator in family cases, one must also:  
(i) meet one of the following education/work experience requirements:
(A) have a baccalaureate degree with ten years full time work experience in psychiatry, psychology, counseling, family mediation, social work, education, law, or accounting. Full time work experience shall be defined as 35 hours or more of work per week.
(B) be a Certified Public Accountant and have four years of full time work experience in psychiatry, psychology, counseling, social work, education, law, or accounting. Full time work experience shall be defined as 35 hours or more of work per week.
(C) have a graduate degree and have four years of full time work experience in psychiatry, psychology, counseling, social work, education, law, or accounting. Full time work experience shall be defined as 35 hours or more of work per week.

(ii) complete and provide proof of attendance of 40 hours of training in family mediation which includes the curriculum components specified by the ADRC for Rule 31 Mediators in family cases and which also includes four hours of training in screening for and dealing with domestic violence in the mediation context; and

(iii) complete and provide proof of attendance of six additional hours of training in Tennessee family law and court procedure. It is provided, however, that the ADRC may approve fulfillment of this requirement for applicants who have substantially complied with completion of at least six hours of ADRC-approved training devoted to Tennessee family law and/or procedure within the three-year period immediately prior to the completion of the requirements of Section 14(c)(1)(i) through (xii) of this Rule. 

(g) Procedure for Rule 31 Family Mediator's Additional Designation as "Specially Trained in Domestic Violence Issues."

To obtain a designation as "Specially Trained in  Domestic Violence Issues", the listed Rule 31 Family Mediator must have  completed a twelve-hour course on domestic violence issues approved by  the procedures outlined in subsection (f) and shall provide to the ADRC  proof of attendance at the approved course. The listed Rule 31 Family  Mediator may request a waiver of course attendance based upon training  and/or experience determined by the ADRC to be substantially equivalent  to the twelve hours of domestic violence topics approved by the ADRC.

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