This article is a look at the implications of communication skills in the context of family mediation and recommendations.
Mediators need to formulate and ask incisive questions that challenge entrenched thinking and shift perspectives.
Advanced mediator discusses interpersonal communication in this Toastmasters interview.
"Although the mediation lasted an entire day, it did not settle. Why? There was no framing, process or empathy."
(9/06/19)Ronald S. Kraybill
Life spares none from conflict. But unfortunately the word has not yet reached the schools that train professionals.
This is an interview with Susan Podziba, where she discusses how her life has been aimed at resolving public policy disputes and finding the virtue in our society.
Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Samuel Dinnar shares his recommendations.
Working with families to help an older adult identify how they want to spend their final years and communicate it to all involved parties.
This paper discusses pivotal elements of the 21st Century identity crisis within and about the American mediation industry.
While many employees face workplace challenges like co-working conflicts or miscommunication, a bad leadership style can be even more catastrophic.
Mediating with Families is an excellent resource both for practitioners and teachers/trainers of family mediation. It includes a broad discussion of family mediation, with techniques, case examples, resources and theory. It is an excellent addition to the field.
In August, the Michigan Supreme Court launched MI-Resolve, a free online dispute resolution tool.
When most people think of high conflict people (HCPs), they think of bad behavior. The goal seems to be to get them to STOP their bad behavior, by verbally motivating them to have insights into how bad they are acting. However, the high conflict behavior of HCPs is not driven by logic and self-awareness.
Every marriage goes through some rough patches, and unfortunately, trying to figure it out on your own can often lead to crucial things being left unsaid and strong relationships ending up on the rocks.
What can mediators learn from dog training?
What have we learned from the mediators working tirelessly to promote the institutional and cultural changes necessary to implement mediation within their home countries?
(8/09/19)Michael P. Carbone
Every successful negotiation requires that you have a sound strategy. In this article I will explain the steps that I believe you should follow when developing a mediation strategy.
There are many benefits to choosing mediation for your divorce, but it’s also important to understand and prepare for the challenges.
Are you considering a change in your marriage, but a divorce or a formal separation seems premature?
This is an interview with Andrea Schneider by Robert Benjamin discussing negotiative strategies.
(8/05/19)Robert A. Berlin
How many of us have fumbled through an opening statement? In our view, the following is an example of a COMPLETE opening statement.
Educating the next generation about conflict resolution skills--early in life--is essential on many levels.
The most valuable lesson I learned from the book, and the teacher, was the importance of power in any discussion.
The California Supreme Court recently said it is timely to submit a request for costs under Code of Civil Procedure section 998 to the arbitrator after a final award on the merits has been issued.
If you’ve been in practice for more than a few months, there’s no doubt you’ve encountered a difficult client. It comes with the territory, and so as a lawyer, it’s important to learn how to handle difficult situations.
The need for a “Conflict Revolution” is clear. We have a Negotiation Emergency at the same time as we have a Climate Emergency.
What you have here is a brief synopsis of best practice strategies: a checklist of action items to think about before going into the conversation.
(7/30/19)Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson
This article outlines what couples need to do in order to consider and face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce.
If you've noticed that your ADR program or organization (or the field in general) is lacking in young professionals, you are not alone. In this article, I offer five practical ideas that ADR program leaders can implement now in order to get and keep young professionals in ADR.
As mediators we listen for the words being said, words not being said, how those words are said , and the body language that goes with those words.
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In recent years, as the world has migrated toward a reliance on social networks, the internet of things, and digital transactions, disputes have grown exponentially in terms of number and complexity.