Disputants and mediators together determine a mediation’s success, sometimes only in retrospect. This interactive workshop explored opportunities prior to and during a session, when the mediator may support-even enhance-parties' abilities to make the most of their mediation experience.
Drawing on the academic and professional literature as well as extensive experience across civil, community, restorative justice and public policy contexts, this workshop considered promising practices regarding case screening and client preparation before mediation.
The thorny ethical issues of pressure and coercion during mediation were also examined through case studies, theoretical bases, and practical implications.
Timothy Hedeen Timothy Hedeen is a researcher, trainer, and professor of dispute resolution at Kennesaw State University, Georgia. He serves on the editorial board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly, as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Community-based and Peer Mediation Committee, and was past chair of the National Association for Community Mediation.
Tim’s articles have appeared in Mediation Quarterly, Teaching Sociology, and the Penn State Law Review, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, The Sociological Quarterly, and Justice System Journal, and Family Court Review.