Barbara Wilson

Barbara Wilson

Barbara Wilson, PhD CQSW, MSc, MCFM is an independent family and workplace mediator, and has been in practice since 1990. She mediates in the south of England, including London, and is published in the UK, USA, Denmark and Australia, where she is also Accredited with LEADR. She is a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Strathclyde, where she teaches gender issues on the LLM/MSc/PgDip/PgCert Courses in Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She is also a Family Mediation Council Competence Assessor and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. Barbara taught on MSc and Graduate Certificate ADR courses previously run by the Institute of Family Therapy (partnered with Birkbeck College, University of London).

She has presented at international conferences and workshops in Australia, Denmark, Eire, New Zealand, Scotland and the US, and co-facilitates an advanced international mediation workshop run annually in Tuscany, Italy with Greg Rooney and Margaret Ross of Adelaide, South Australia. She is also a professional practice consultant (PPC) in private practice, and supports a number of experienced mediators and other professionals working with conflict. Her academic interests include applied ADR theory, ethics, and the development of mediator expertise.  Barbara welcomes contact at

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Articles and Video:

Revisiting Reframing: Mediation and the Impact of “Spin” (12/01/14)
In this brief piece I argue that it is time to revisit some of the existing critiques of mediation. I look again at the function of reframing, question whether it still warrants the essentialism attributed to it in practice, and explore some alternative strategies. I also argue that, as a consequence of contemporary manoeuvring by the state and the media, disputants may perceive reframing in mediation as a form of “spin”, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the presentation of information in a particular way; a slant, especially a favourable one”.

From Barbara Wilson (09/04/07) has given us a wealth of online resources, as well as opportunities to link with others across the world. Sincere thanks and appreciation for all the hard work so far, and all good wishes for the future.

Avoid Retirement and Stay Alive (Book Review) (07/02/07)
New to the market, and having already reached number 1 in the New Zealand best-selling booklist for non fiction, Avoid Retirement and Stay Alive is about conflict resolution on a much broader scale. It is about the conflicts attached to ageing. The authors lay down a provocative challenge to those of us of a certain age (dare I say that includes many CR and ADR practitioners?) and to the retirement industry in general.

The ‘Thing with Feathers’ – The Roles of Hope and Optimism in Mediation (04/17/06)
Working with clients’ hope and optimism is one of the many privileges of being a mediator. Identifying goals, pathways and agentic thought harnesses hope and optimism within the negotiation process and utilises the strengths clients bring to the table.

The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment (Book Review) Reflections from the field – and why conflict resolution practitioners might benefit from looking over the parapet (01/30/06)
In this review article, Barbara Wilson reviews a philosophical treatise on the phenomenology of acknowledgment, which book author Hyde sets forth in order to understand its existential nature and function. He addresses what might be argued as one of the most fundamental of human needs - that of being acknowledged - and what this means for both the acknowledged and acknowledging actors.