An apology can be given on many levels from a general acknowledgement at one end of the spectrum to a profound apology at the other end.
(3/06/17)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
The divorce rate began its sharp increase in the early 1960's and more than doubled by the end of the 1970's. This was accompanied by dramatic changes in cultural traditions, societal expectations, and divorce and child custody laws.
Two theories about conflict, and particularly about means of diminishing conflict, hold promise in understanding the election, though not necessarily in ameliorating the conflicts revealed there.
Blame is frequently used, whether consciously or unconsciously, in an attempt to assign responsibility for something gone awry.
Individual differences matter. To be of value, mediation has to draw on these differences to elicit how the parties make sense.
The nature of conflict has shifted from building understanding, connection and resolution between people to being in service, and pledging commitment to the grander evolutionary process, as nature “has its way” with humans experiencing conflict.
The mediator’s options in compromise situations depends on the parties’ receptivity to the process.
(12/18/16)Dr. Lynne C. Halem
With some creativity, and openness to future adjustment, separated and divorced couples can preserve key ingredients of the holiday season by pre-planning the children’s shared visits ahead of time.
People should first try to understand others, especially those with whom we disagree – perhaps disagreeing quite strongly.
This article analyzes Republican and Democratic 'bubbles" and how we can build bridges between them.
How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD you will no doubt understand how frustrating and discouraging it can be to cope with impulsive and defiant behaviour on a daily basis.
This article discusses the May 6 incident where a Weirton WV police officer attempted to negotiate with an assailant and then other officers arrived and shot the person. This article discusses the importance of using negotiation in seeking to deescalate violence and the need for police to have this training.
This article promotes the use of elder and adult family mediation to approach issues of aging and geriatric care. Targeted towards family caregivers, it outlines 3 reasons mediation can be beneficial when approaching difficult conversations.
It seems that there are a lot of stories about questionable apologies in the news lately. I don’t intend to discuss all of them, but here are a few more thoughts about some of them.
Commerce is a relationship activity – it makes no sense if mediators fail to address relationship in resolving commercial disputes.
The fight or flight response of our forebears remains strong when we are under pressure.
The law generally doesn’t do much to promote apologies. Even if courts could order parties to apologize, the apologies probably would be of the unsatisfying tell-your-sister-you’re-sorry variety.
“Transformative” mediation has grown in popularity in recent years. It’s a style of mediation that looks to “transform” the relationship between the parties in a conflict.
“That’s not my problem” are four of the most frustrating words to hear when you’re trying to talk through a conflict.
In this article I will offer a panoramic view on the concept of peace in Islam and on Islamic conflict resolution principles and practices. Albeit the overwhelming negative narratives on Islam, this religion and tradition is rooted in an articulate philosophy of peace, justice, reciprocity, and community.
The article provides 5 tips to help people going through divorce determine if mediation is a cost-efficient solution to resolve their divorce.
Analogizing the puck to the legal and dispute resolution fields, this program addressed where we are going and how, as legal educators, we can best prepare our students to “skate” there.
Many misunderstand what mediation is and mislabel dispute resolution processes. Litigators are urged to educate themselves about mediation, because if you only tell clients about the disadvantages then you are not providing balance either.
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I remember one case that broke my heart in which I wish we could have arranged an open adoption.