Joan Kelly talks about the central themes of her book, "Surviving the Break-Up". These include: impacts on children of different ages, impacts on the parents, reactions to the visiting relationship post-divorce, developmental impacts and behaviors over time.
Chip Rose notes that the field of collaborative law is in its adolescence and there is tension between the collaborative law people who think they are creating something new when in reality mediators have been helping divorcing couples for decades. The history and experience in the mediation field is not always fully appreciated and valued.
Chris Moore describes his position as a mediator to ensure that the parties are in a state to adequately represent their interests in order that the agreement be fair. Example of a woman in a financial dispute who had trouble with numbers because she was brain-damaged.
Andrew Schepard describes how Aboriginal tribes have an optimal process of dealing with child neglect and/or abuse. If abuse is reported, a family group conference may be called; they have the choice of opting out of the coercive court system, which he sees as a model approach.
The Mediators: Family Edition features 27 of the most experienced family mediators in the world. Sections include: Inspiration, Techniques In The Room, Supporting Children, Styles And Models, The Future, Training & Certification
Mediators have an obligation to educate future mediators and the public about mediation and this is a process that takes time; some courts put pressure on mediators to settle in a certain number of sessions and this creates muscle mediation, or forcing the parties into settlement.
Joan Kelly describes how mediation can be a protective factor for children in the divorce process. If parents can engage in and deal with conflict without involving their children, the children will be better off.
Constance Ahrons describes the result of a follow-up study she conducted on adult children from divorced parents. She found that the divorce made the family more complex and restructured, but did not destroy the notion of family for the children.
Don Saposnek explains he's troubled by the incompetence he has seen practiced by mediators and therapists in settling disputes. Would like more practitioners to research empirical evidence, helping them to be effective mediators.
Chip Rose talks about his extensive experience as a divorce litigator and how frustrated he became with the process mostly because there was no flexibility or ability to relate to the other client other than through the attorney.
Chris Moore talks about the increase of specializations in the mediation field and how there are positives and negatives that go along with it. Also shares how it is important to start out doing interpersonal mediation to gain understanding of the psychology of parties, then one is able to bring some of those skills into larger-scale mediations.
Lisa Parkinson describes her concern with how there is no mention of children or domestic abuse in the standards of competency for a family mediator - two elements that she believes are essential to understand if one is to practice family mediation.