Ruth Collings


Ruth Collings
Accredited Mediator

With more than 12 years’ experience as an Accredited Family Mediator , Ruth is also an accredited Systematic Practitioner and presents the Separated Parents Information Programme.

Ruth applies her vast academic and theoretical work to her mediation at The Family Mediation Trust where she has been a highly valued member of the team as an Accredited Mediator since 2011. Ruth is also an experienced presenter on the Separated Parents Information Programme.

Specialisms

Ruth has experience in multi-racial mediation and presents the Separated Parents Information Programme to help separated parents and other family members become clear about what their children need most from them and learn the fundamental principles of how to manage conflict.

Ruth believes that, “Research shows that the more parents can do to avoid conflict, the better the children will manage the break-up.”

Training and employment background

Ruth worked in business for 15 years before training as a family mediator in 2001. Obtaining an MSc in Conflict Resolution from Birkbeck College, London in 2009, she has practiced in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London. Ruth joined The Cambridge Family Mediation Service in 2011 and is a highly valued member of the mediation team.

Ruth achieved a post-graduate certificate as a systemic practitioner at Anglia Ruskin University in 2014 and continues to pursue her studies in this field. Her academic and theoretical work has given her an enhanced understanding of the nature and resolution of disputes.

Completing the Advanced Mediation course with National Family Mediation in 2014, Ruth has also regularly worked as an At Court Mediator in the Cambridge Family Court.

Ruth says:

“I am fascinated with the way in which clients who are in deep conflict can be helped by the presence of an impartial mediator to put their own feelings on one side so that they can concentrate on talking about their children and finances. All the research shows that the more that parents can do to avoid conflict, the better their children will manage the break-up.”