Like other mediators and arbitrators, I work in the gray zone of human affairs, the interstitial area between hard positions, contending oppositions, and powerfully different assertions about what is “the truth.”
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From a psychological perspective, the most important problem in mediation is that people take the conflict personally and the outcome of the mediation as a reflection of who they are. This article deals with the psychology and neurobiology of this phenomenon, and how to deal with it in mediation.
Mediator Dan Berstein shares his journey to being open with his bipolar disorder, and how conflict resolution skills can help us overcome barriers to having conversations about mental health. In this profound story, learn how to get past the assumptions, paternalism, and stigma to make room for the other person's story and connect.
Whenever I ask participants in my workshops what words they associate with conflict, they come up with expressions that have most of the time a negative quality. They associate conflict with fear, anxiety, frustration, sadness, loneliness, anger, etc. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
Conflict happens. It is inevitable. It is going to happen whenever you have people with different expectations. Here are some tools for avoiding and resolving disputes in the early stages, before they become full-blown conflicts.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Bernie Mayer, co-founder of CDR Associates in Boulder and an instructor at Creighton's Werner Institute, filmed for the Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
This article deals with a formula for success in mediating and fostering positive interactions and outcomes: C + S + T – AR = SI, collaboration, plus synergy, plus teamwork, minus adversarial relationships, equals successful interactions.
Frequently, disputes arise out of the different perspectives of the parties. Parties may observe the same facts but their perceptions of what happened and why may turn on where they stood, what role they were playing or what they were thinking at the time of the occurrence or event at the center of the controversy.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with mediation pioneer Chris Moore, Founder of CDR Associates in Boulder, CO, and a long time leader in the area of public policy mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.
In my role as a counselor for children of divorce, my focus is the children. The question about dating arises in every session of “Co-parenting Through Your Divorce” that I facilitate. This article addresses this question for parents of divorce and for those who are dating others who are divorced with children.
As more services go digital, it is necessary for legal and mediation professional to follow the trend. Clients expect an equal level of convenience and access in purchasing legal and mediation services that is provided in other online services.
The evidence is in. After 43 years of federal practice under Rule 408 of the Federal Rules of Evidence (1975); 19 years of New York practice under CPLR 4547 (1998); and 16 years of practice in various states under the Uniform Mediation Act (2001), we can conclude: Statutory confidentiality is not necessary for effective mediation.
There are many threatening and frightening things that happen to individuals whose relationship ends up in separation or divorce. A successful divorce is one in which the parents divorce each other but do not require the child to divorce one of the parents.