I've just spent the first of six days training to be a family mediator. It's been daunting but exciting, interesting but exhausting. Tomorrow the role play begins. It must be done. Eyes on the prize an' all that. However, whilst not overbrimming with enthusiasm for role play, nor for losing my precious weekend to such masochism, I am enthusiastic about the skills I am learning, and to put them to use both in the context of mediation and in my court based work.