Mediation is a process where people in conflict work with a neutral third party (a Mediator) to work through their differences to reach a mutual agreement. It is a powerful, confidential and safe process that can actually heal old wounds, clear the air, and create new beginnings.
It is the ideal solution for family members fighting over estate matters, deciding elder care for their parents, for parents in divorce, and in business partner or executive team disputes. Mediation is also important in preserving ongoing relationships.
Mediation is often referred to as the alternative dispute process (ADR), however, in places like Australia, it is known as the primary dispute process (PDR) for people with differences. Here’s where mediation can be applied in everyday living:
– the Family Law Collaborative Practice Approach
- Parenting Plans in Divorce
– the Cooperative vs. the Parallel Approach
- Business Partners or Executive Teams
– a Facilitative Business Mediation Approach
- Elder Care Decisions & Family Estate Planning
– a Facilitative Both Gain Approach
Preparing for mediation is an important and necessary step in paving the way towards a successful outcome. Through 1:1 coaching prior to the joint session, separating what’s emotionally important from critical decision-making is key to making strong, lasting agreements.