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

The Civil Mediation Council – Who? Why? What?

Civil Mediation Council

  Perhaps you can help me? I’ve been a mediator for 20 years, working in a wide range of areas of dispute, including neighbour disputes, workplace disputes, NHS complaints, student complaints, group disputes, special educational needs disputes. I’ve been a Continue reading The Civil Mediation Council – Who? Why? What?

The Invisible Mediator – Participant Self-Determination in Mediation

Guest Blog Post by Paul Rajkowski Millions of words have been written in books, journals, internet comments and everywhere – all ideas and suggestions aimed at the mediators to improve their performance. There has been some good insight into improving Continue reading The Invisible Mediator – Participant Self-Determination in Mediation

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

Using Conflict as a Natural Resource

Conflict as a Natural Resource When we train mediators at CAOS Conflict Management we do an exercise called 4-word-build where we look at the different perspectives attendees on the course have about the idea of ‘conflict’. Almost always the predominant Continue reading Using Conflict as a Natural Resource

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

Pastoral Mediation : Conflict in the Church

Guest Blog Post by Jesan Sorrells of HSCT on Pastoral Mediation Many of the information and recommendations in the article below have come through the works of Dr. M.K. Hope, Professor of Mediation at Cloverdale College and Director of Peace-Conflict Continue reading Pastoral Mediation : Conflict in the Church

Conflict Management Skills and Practices for a More Engaged Workforce

Alan Sharland provided this webinar for ASTD.org – ASTD is the American Society for Training & Development – to support its Community of Practice for Workforce Development in creating steps towards a more engaged workforce. The webinar draws upon the thinking that underpins Continue reading Conflict Management Skills and Practices for a More Engaged Workforce

Is it true? Can you absolutely know that it’s true?

Byron Katie

Is it true? Can you absolutely know that it’s true? I love these two questions, which are the first two of the 4 questions that make up ‘The Work’ – a process created by, or through, Byron Katie. So many Continue reading Is it true? Can you absolutely know that it’s true?

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 5 – Confidentiality

When we train mediators and conflict coaches one of the exercises we sometimes do is ask people to brainstorm why confidentiality on the part of the mediator is important to the mediation process. Some of the words or phrases that Continue reading Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 5 – Confidentiality

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 3 – Impartiality

One of the more commonly recognised  Philosophies of Mediation is that of impartiality, however it is not always clear in literature what the term actually means and how it manifests within the process and experience of having mediation. Impartiality within Continue reading Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 3 – Impartiality

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 2 – Supporting Empowerment

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation - Empowerment

Supporting empowerment is a continuous aim of effective conflict resolution and so forms one of the 6 Underlying Philosophies of Mediation. If a conflict has an imposed ‘solution’ it is unlikely to be sustainable as those directed by the imposed Continue reading Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 2 – Supporting Empowerment

‘Getting a Mediation Agreement’ – Mediation’s Red Herring

mediation agreement

This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would Continue reading ‘Getting a Mediation Agreement’ – Mediation’s Red Herring

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