If you’d like to help devotees through ombuds and mediation work, here’s what we recommend:
1. Contact ISKCON Resolve to inquire about upcoming training opportunities.
2. Contact your local court to ask about mediation training.
Chances are your local court utilizes mediation services and can direct you to training opportunities. Courses often cost, but once you’ve taken them, you will likely have the opportunity to intern in the court system and receive direct experience mediating official cases. If you like, you can then continue on to become a registered court mediator.
3. Check into the International Ombudsman Association (IOA).
You can take some of their on line courses, purchase their practice guides, attend their annual conference, and receive certification.
4. Review and utilize the following materials:
- Opinions, Functions and Skills: What an Organizational Ombudsman Needs to Know, by Mary P. Rowe
- Helping People Help Themselves, by Mary P. Rowe
- Eight Inspirations from the Bhagavad Gita for Peace Builders, by Brian Bloch (Vraja Vihari das)