Interview with Michael Lang
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Michael Lang, former President of the Academy of Family Mediators and founder of the Antioch University conflict resolution program, filmed for the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Pioneer Series: Demonstrating Reflective Practice - Video
Michael Lang describes an account where he was teaching reflective practice, a practice that enables mediators to be more aware of their own methods and why they are using them.
From Michael Lang
How do I love thee, mediate.com: First, you are a unique resource for practitioners, researchers and educators with articles touching on all aspects of mediation (and ADR) practice and theory. At every workshop, seminar, training or academic course I provide a link to relevant article on mediate.com and encourage students to make use of this wonderful resource. Second, you are a mirror for the field, reflecting the history and development of alternative dispute resolution. Third, you are egalitarian. You encourage and publish submissions from novices who write about their introduction to the field as well as from gifted and experienced practitioners and thinkers. Congratulations on 500th newsletter of remarkable, provocative, humorous and educational articles.
Michael Lang Receives John Haynes Award from ACR
Michael Lang, former President of AFM and founder of the Antioch Masters in Conflict Resolution Program, received the ACR's 2012 John Haynes Award. Here are his award acceptance comments.
Mediator - Subpoenaed?
“Mr. Lang, my name is Chris Adams. I am a process server and have some papers for you.” With as much calm as I could muster, I asked, “what sort of papers?” He replied, “a subpoena.” And with that simple telephone conversation, the story begins.
From Advocate to Advisor: The Role of the Lawyer in Mediation
Recognizing that their clients benefit from this collaborative role, attorneys should utilize mediation as they would any other dispute resolution process—wisely and with due regard for their particular role in making the most of its unique attributes.
Michael Lang: Practitioners Not Thinking Critically - Video
Michael Lang talks about how many mediators lack awareness about their own process and this troubles him.
Simple Mediation Methods Can Help Children Resolve Disputes
Ah, the joys of parenting. Did we sign up for this? Who said we would need to be referees? Parenting was supposed to be about loving, nurturing and educating our children. I can’t tell you the number of times my three children would squabble about food, toys, space or (most contentious of all) control of the TV remote. So, when these arguments happen, and they will, what’s a parent to do?
Michael Lang: Mediation's Potential for Societal Change - Video
Michael Lang tells of when he first thought of mediation as a force for changing the way society looked at conflict.
Michael Lang: Fear of Conflict and Ramifications - Video
Michael Lang discusses how some mediators fear conflict and/or do not have the skills necessary to handle it. The intervention that happens because of this fear suppresses or hinders the parties experience and possible need to express conflict.
Michael Lang: Concern: Certification Processes - Video
Michael Lang talks about his concern with how the certification process is lacking in the ability to assess - in the moment and continuously -whether someone is capable and effective in mediating.
Michael Lang: Positive Accomplishments in Field - Video
Michael Lang shares what he is currently glad to see in the field: mediation being taught in school programs, community mediation, and the increasing visibility and accessibility.
Michael Lang: Pulled into Practice by Clients - Video
Michael Lang speaks of his start in divorce mediation when he was a lawyer.
Michael Lang: Account of When a Stage Method Didn't Work - Video
Michael Lang tells of a mediation session where he did not follow a step-by-step model, demonstrating that sometimes, a strict model does a disservice to the parties.
Michael Lang: Ideal Qualities of an Effective Mediator - Video
Michael Lang describes some of the qualities a mediator should possess: self-awareness, knowledge of theories and literature, and continual self-education.
Michael Lang: Concerns: Institutionalization, Self-Promotion - Video
Michael Lang discusses what troubles him about the field. This includes institutionalization, causing increased rigidity, as well as certification processes for purposes of self promotion.
From Michael Lang
I provide students in all my classes with copies of or citations to mediate.com articles. They are an invaluable source of up to date information and practice approaches written by some of the most important practitioners, teachers and researchers in the field. Students find the articles informative, helpful and always provocative.
Out of the Rut and Into the Groove: Developing Excellence in Practice
The edited Keynote Address delivered by Michael Lang
at the MII Annual Conference, Ireland, 15th November, 2002.
The Making of a Mediator: Developing Artistry in Practice
The Making of a Mediator goes beyond the basics of mediation process. In this essential resource, expert mediator and teacher Michael Lang outlines his innovative model of artistry in professional practice that results from the understanding of and connection between reflective practice and interactive process. Together with Alison Taylor, they have created a landmark book that offers conflict resolution professionals the theories, principles, practices, and ideas for developing true artistry in mediation. This is the preface to their book.
Becoming Reflective Practitioners
In this article, I want to talk about a process that seeks to educate reflective practitioners: Those individuals whose practices are grounded in theories of conflict and conflict resolution, who are aware of ongoing research that informs their practices, and who continually refine their skills through a rigorous process of self-reflection.