Training Programmes

TRAINING PROGRAMMES      November 2017 Update


The course began in March 2016, and ran for twelve months. It consisted of a Part 1 (an accredited QQI Level 5 course in Conflict resolution & Intercultural Studies) and a Part 2 (Mediators Institute of Ireland accredited Mediation Training Programme).

Seven students completed the 2 modules of the Part 1 course successfully, and six completed both Part 1 and part 2 course.  They significantly influenced the shape of the pilot programme through their commitment to and engagement in the process.

The pilot programme was a partnership initiative, involving the support and collaboration of Traveller organisations and other agencies.  The Traveller Mediation Service would like to acknowledge the key roles played by  the Kennedy Institute and Kildare/Wicklow ETB; the valuable guidance and support of the members of the Steering Group; the financial support of the Department of Justice & Equality ( through Restorative Justice in the Community) , the HSE Midlands Traveller Unit, and St. Stephens Green Trust.

An external evaluation of the Pilot Programme was carried out by Brian Harvey, and the Evaluation Report was launched by the Minister of State for Justice, David Stanton, in September 2017 (See Reports section for a copy of the report).

TMS has now established a panel of available qualified Traveller mediators from the recent graduates to work with TMS as mediators and training facilitators.

A second Traveller Mediation & Conflict Training Programme is currently taking place in Tullamore, in partnership with Laois/Offaly ETB and the Kennedy Institute, and will run until March 2018.


November 2017 Update

The TMS began a collaboration with the Irish Prison Service, the ETB, St. Stephen’s Green Trust (Travellers in Prison Programme), and the Red Cross to pilot a Peer Mediation programme in Castlerea Prison in 2016.

The initial six week Peer Mediation pilot Programme was run one day a week from September to December 2016 in Castlerea. The course started with an introduction into alternative approaches to conflict prevention &intervention, and was followed by training in the Five Step Peer Mediation Programme.

Eight prisoners then asked for a follow on programme, and this was completed in March 2017. The participants then underwent a competency assessment conducted by an MII Accredited trainer/mediator. Six prisoners have now passed this assessment.

The Peer Mediation service is now up and running in Castlerea Prison.  TMS is continuing to support the Peer Mediation service in the prison, and a second Peer Mediation Programme is currently in progress.

An external evaluation of the pilot programme (funded by SSGT) was carried out by Tanya Lalor, which was published in May 2017 (available in Reports section).

TMS plans to work in partnership with the IPS and other agencies to roll out this programme to other prisons.