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What is Mediation?
Mediation is an informal yet structured conversation. It is a voluntary process in which parties involved in a conflict work with an impartial person to define the problem and explore creative solutions.
It's 7 p.m. and you've just finished cleaning up after dinner. You are just about to turn on the TV when your cell phone rings. You think about not answering it but it's your sister, Elaine. You don't hear from her often and it's pretty late for her to be calling from the east coast.
You answer the phone hoping it's not bad news … but it is. Your mother has fallen and broken her hip. She's in recovery after a two hour surgery.
At eighty-two, your mom is fiercely independent. She has lived for fifty-eight years in the same house you grew up in. It's where she lived with your dad until he passed away five years ago.
Mom has always done her own shopping, cleaning and cooking, but you noticed that she looked increasing frail during that visit home last Christmas. You made a mental note that you should call her more often. It's so hard to keep track of what's going on when you live 2,700 miles away. Elaine, on the other hand, lives only a few blocks away from READ MORE >
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.” William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
If you asked a group of mediators how best to mediate a case, things could get so heated that, well, you might just need a mediator. Most mediators feel passionately that their method of practice is superior. Perhaps it seems as if mediators just throw folks in a room and make them talk to each other. There is, however, a method to that mediation madness. While most people can agree on the purpose of mediation, it is the manner in which the mediator conducts it that can create confusion, misunderstanding and sometimes, heated debate.
There are various recognized styles of mediation, the most common being evaluative, facilitative and transformative. This article will examine the two most widely used methods, evaluative and facilitative. Nationally known mediator Zena Zumeta has defined these two approaches as follows:
Evaluative mediation is READ MORE >
Conflict Resolution Training Available:
Margaret offers 6 hour conflict resolution training to help people approach conflict constructively. Participants will emerge from this training with practical strategies and techniques to:
• Understand conflict and how to approach it;
• Effectively communicate;
• Listen actively;
• Handle strong emotions;
• Facilitate resolution in both personal and work life.
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