Why Trying to Make Mediation a Profession is Contrary to its Purpose

Why trying to make mediation a profession is contrary to its purpose

I hear many people in the mediation world talk about, or write about,  wanting to make mediation a profession and I’ve always felt uncomfortable with this notion. The main explanation for this drive seems to be the idea that it gives Continue reading Why Trying to Make Mediation a Profession is Contrary to its Purpose

Why Mediators Don’t Give Advice, Suggestions or Opinions

Mediators don't give advice suggestions or opinions

For some people who come to mediation for the first time, either as a client or as someone wanting to train in mediation skills there can be a sense of surprise when they find out that  Mediators don’t give advice, Continue reading Why Mediators Don’t Give Advice, Suggestions or Opinions

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 6 – Adult-Adult not Parent-Child

The last in this series on the Underlying Philosophies of Mediation is one of the most challenging aspects of the process and in  many ways the one least adhered to: the expectation that we have an adult-adult not parent-child relationship Continue reading Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 6 – Adult-Adult not Parent-Child

The Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 1 – Ownership

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 1 - Ownership

Summary : Overlooking the essential issue of ‘ownership’ as one of the underlying philosophies of mediation means that a process labelled as ‘mediation’  defaults to an adversarial process more akin to arbitration and other adversarial processes. As a result, mediation Continue reading The Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 1 – Ownership

The Underlying Philosophies of Mediation

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation

What are the ‘Underlying Philosophies of Mediation?’ How does mediation differ from the other ADR (alternative dispute resolution) processes we often hear about?  This article introduces a set of posts designed to establish a framework of underlying philosophies of mediation Continue reading The Underlying Philosophies of Mediation