Mediation is a field that is not yet regulated and therefore the standard of expertise and training for mediators is often hard to judge. Many mediators have had only a minimum amount (usually 40 hours) of “seminar” training. Others tack mediation onto another related practice as a sideline. A degreed mediator has the education, skill, experience, and training to realize that the mediation setting is neither a courtroom, nor a counselor’s office. It is unique, and when managed well, very effective.