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The 25th cohort of the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute’s Professional Executive Master of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (PEM.ADR) programme has wrapped up its 31-week intensive training to end the 2023 course.

The programme, which has proven to be a significant milestone in the professional development of the 29 participants, hailing from diverse fields such as banking, academia, insurance, legal, and finance, security, education and business sectors, witnessed participants engagement in various specialized trainings in ADR and practical sessions including mediation simulations and group discussions.

In a brief closing ceremony marked by reflections on the journey of the participants, Austin Gamey, the Chief Executive Officer of Gamey and Gamey Group shared his insights and encouragement with the graduating cohort.

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Mr. Gamey, who doubles as the lead facilitator of the PEM-ADR programme, stressed the importance of putting into practice all the valuable lessons they have acquired during their training, urging cohort members to incorporate two core principles, the GHOST and BEACH principles, into their professional practice.

These principles he explained, are central to the ADR philosophy and play a significant role in the success of professional mediators, adding that the successful application of these principles can make a substantial impact not only in resolving disputes but also in the overall betterment of organisations, communities and the country at large.

He also underscored the importance of two essential elements that underpin not only the success of ADR practitioners but also the harmonious coexistence of individuals in various spheres of life: forgiveness and inclusivity.

According to him without forgiveness, it becomes a formidable challenge for a mediator or ADR practitioner to excel in their role.

“Forgiveness allows individuals to release the burdens of past conflicts and grudges, making space for understanding and reconciliation. In the world of mediation, where the aim is to facilitate resolution and reconciliation, harboring animosity or holding onto past grievances can hinder progress. A mediator must lead by example, demonstrating the art of forgiveness and showing parties involved in disputes that forgiveness is not a sign of weakness but a path to healing and resolution,” he said.

Highlighting the importance of practicing inclusivity, Mr Gamey pointed out that it provides a platform for divergent views to be heard and appreciated.

“It is a fundamental principle that should guide the actions and decisions of ADR professionals,” he added.

Sebastian Akali-Nye Adama, the President of the 25th Cohort of PEM-ADR, in his remarks, expressed the cohort’s appreciation to the dedicated team of facilitators. He recognized the instrumental role played by the facilitators in shaping their journey, and expressed their gratitude to the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute for its pioneering role in the ADR industry within the country.

According to him, the institute’s unwavering commitment to promoting the principles and practices of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) has not only impacted the current cohort but has also made a significant mark on the ADR landscape within the country.

“Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute’s leadership and dedication have paved the way for excellence in the field,” he revealed.

Reflecting on their 31 weeks of training, Mr. Adama noted that the knowledge and skills gained continue to serve as a wellspring of inspiration for cohort members, motivating them to aspire to become exceptional mediators.

Akua Asabea Kutriakor, the Vice President of the cohort, expressed appreciation for knowledge impacted on them, especially relating to the PULSE frame and other essential principles. The PULSE frame, alongside other principles, she said has equipped them with a structured framework to navigate the complexities of mediation.

“It has equipped us with the necessary skills to understand, facilitate, and resolve disputes, ultimately promoting a more harmonious and cooperative society,” she stressed.