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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Criteria

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 1.   It is desirable that HKMAAL Accredited Mediators on both the General and Family Panels, be considered to be of high quality and be seen as having met established standards of training. It is also desirable that these standards be upheld even after accreditation, and in this regard a CPD Programme for HKMAAL Accredited Mediators is considered to be an important element.

2.   The requirements of the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme are intended to be realistic and are the minimum requirements which HKMAAL Accredited Mediators are expected to meet. HKMAAL Accredited Mediators are encouraged to exceed the minimum requirements whenever possible.

3.   It is noted that HKMAAL Mediator Accreditation is renewable annually and renewal of relevant accreditation is subject to, among other things, that the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator seeking renewal of his/her accreditation has undertaken a total of at least 5 hours of CPD every Membership Year since accreditation. 

4..  Mediators accredited by HKMAAL will have to start at the next Membership Year following the year of accreditation to undertake at least 5 hours of CPD every Membership Year.

7.   A HKMAAL Membership Year used to be starting on every 1 July and ending on the next 30 June.  HKMAAL has in June 2018 decided to adjust the timing of all annual Membership Year to be in line with a Calendar Year, i.e. starting on every 1 January and ending on the next 31 December.  

8.   The CPD Attendance Policy for HKMAAL Accredited Mediators is as follows:

  1. For a course of less than 1 hour in duration, any course participant who is absent for any period during the course, including late arrivals or early departures, will not receive any CPD points for that course;
  1. For a course of 1 hour or more but less than 3 hours in duration, a grace period of 10 minutes for either late arrival or early departure (but not both in the same course) will be permitted without deduction of any CPD points.  Any course participant who is otherwise absent during the course apart from scheduled breaks will not receive any CPD points for that course;
  1. For a course of 3 hours or more but less than 6 hours in duration,
    • 1 CPD point will be deducted for any late arrival or early departure beyond the 10 minutes' grace period of up to 30 minutes from the commencement or before the end of the course;
    • any course participant who arrives late or leaves early for more than 30 minutes or who is otherwise absent during the course apart from scheduled breaks will not receive any CPD points for that course.
  1. For a course of 6 hours or more in duration,
    • 1 CPD point will be deducted for any late arrival or early departure beyond the 10 minutes' grace  period of up to 30 minutes from the commencement or before the end of the course;
    • 2 CPD points will be deducted for any late arrival or early departure beyond the 10 minutes' grace period of more than 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes from the commencement or before the end of the course;
    • any course participant who arrives late or leaves early for more than 60 minutes or who is otherwise absent during the course apart from scheduled breaks will not receive any CPD points for that course.

9.    It is expected that some HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme activities will also contribute to the CPD requirements of other professional bodies. Similarly, activities sponsored by organisations such as the Hong Kong Mediation Council and the Hong Kong Mediation Centre may contribute toward the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements.

10.  Each HKMAAL Accredited Mediator is required to keep their CPD training record in a CPD Training Record Form.

The CPD Training Record Form is for the following purposes:

  • to provide a detailed record of compliance with the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements;
  • to provide each HKMAAL Accredited Mediator with a personal development record;
  • to be submitted to the HKMAAL Mediation Accreditation Committee for review for purposes of the renewal of accreditation.

11.   Each HKMAAL Accredited Mediator shall be responsible for the accurate maintenance of his/her CPD Training Record Form and be invited to make a written declaration on his/her having undertaken the minimum hours of CPD in the immediate past Membership Year at each membership renewal exercise.

12.  Not withstanding the written declaration as made (as mentioned under Para. 11 above), each HKMAAL Accredited Mediator will be randomly requested to submit his/her CPD Training Record Form at each membership renewal exercise. There will be no fee charged for the review of the CPD Training Record Form, the cost of such review being included in the annual panel maintenance fee paid by each HKMAAL Accredited Mediator. Accurate recording and maintenance of the CPD Training Record Form in order to comply with the requirements of the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme is very much dependent upon the integrity of each HKMAAL Accredited Mediator.

12.   Each HKMAAL Accredited Mediator must include the dates, hours, topics, trainer/presenter/speaker, and other relevant details of all events and activities which will count toward compliance with the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements.

13.   The review of CPD Training Record Forms will be carried out by the HKMAAL Secretariat.  No later than 2 months after a CPD Training Record Form has been duly submitted by a HKMAAL Accredited Mediator to the HKMAAL, the CPD Training Record Form will be returned to the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator in question with an indication that either:

  1. the CPD Training Record Form has been duly and properly maintained and that the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements have been met for the purposes of the renewal of accreditation; or
  2. the CPD Training Record Form has not been duly and properly maintained or, if duly and properly maintained, the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements for the purposes of the renewal of accreditation have not been met.

14.  In the event that accreditation of a HKMAAL Accredited Mediator is duly renewed, the CPD Training Record Form will be returned to the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator in question.

15.  In the event that accreditation of a HKMAAL Accredited Mediator is not duly renewed as a result of the situation referred to in b) above, the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator in question will be given clear comments and advice on what action is necessary to rectify the situation.

16.  The purpose of the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme is to enhance the skills and knowledge of HKMAAL Accredited Mediators. Suggested areas for further study and/or training, include the following:

Communication skills

Negotiation

Problem‐solving

Restorative Justice

Other mediation training (e.g. Family, Construction, Medical, Community, Environment, Cross‐culture)

Legal awareness

Partnering/alliance‐building

Conflict management/avoidance

Conflict Coaching

Facilitation

Collaborative practice

Advanced mediation skills

Other dispute resolution processes

(This list is by no means exhaustive.)

 

Suggested areas for further study specifically for HKMAAL Accredited Family Mediators include the following:

• Domestic violence

• Child Abuse

• Drafting Settlement Agreements

• Child‐care & child development

• Psychological process of separation and divorce

• Appropriate arrangements for custody, care, control and access

• Step‐parenting/families

Co‐parenting

Parenting coordination

Local policy in practices e.g. Housing, Insurance, Taxation & C.S.S.A.

Family law

Collaborative practice

Special knowledge in solving financial disputes.

(This list is by no means exhaustive.)

17.  Activities which will qualify as meeting the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements, include:

  • participation in working or development groups on ADR;
  • writing and publishing relevant articles for newsletters or other publications;
  • developing and/or delivering ADR training;
  • attendance at HKMAAL, forums, workshops, talks and conferences;
  • arranging/leading/participating in training and similar events, including coaching, supervision and simulation exercises.

18.  The HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme Policy Document may be revised from time to time to reflect developments in the field of ADR, changes in HKMAAL mediator accreditation requirements and refocusing on what constitutes good practice.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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