Lisa Parkinson

Lisa Parkinson

Lisa Parkinson M.A., mediator, trainer and consultant, a Vice-President of the Family Mediators Association in England and Wales, has been involved in developing family mediation since the mid 70s. She closed her mediation practice after over 40 years but continues to give training online in different countries. Her book, 'Family Mediation' (4th edition, 2020, Family Law) is also available in six foreign language editions. 

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Articles and Video:

Reach for Humanity in Dark Times (03/18/22)
This is an article about the war in Ukraine by Tatyana Bilyik and Lisa Parkinson with the Ukrainian Association of Family Mediators.

Interview with Lisa Parkinson - Views from the Eye of the Storm (07/22/18)
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Lisa Parkinson, family mediation leader in the UK and Europe, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Both Textbook and Handbook – Lisa Parkinson’s “Family Mediation” - Book Review (04/10/15)
Whether for family mediators in particular, or family lawyers in general, Lisa Parkinson’s third edition of ‘Family Mediation’ is the authoritative textbook and guide that no professional adviser in family disputes should be without.

Looking to the Future: Complexity, Chaos, and Making Connections (03/31/15)
Diversity matters! For mediation to develop in fresh and vibrant ways, we need to think and act creatively. Some of the best ideas come from making connections – for example, between mediation, sciences, and the arts – and through using these connections in practice. Bernie Mayer's article in the Mediation Futures series struck chords with me, with its references to complexity science, chaos, and the importance of adapting the ways we mediate to meet diverse needs, instead of expecting participants to fit in with the particular way we choose to mediate.

Family Mediation - Preface (03/12/15)
The Children and Families Act 2014 is focusing more attention on the role of family mediation in the family justice system. Family mediators have been given greater responsibility to encourage consideration of non-court dispute resolution processes before application is made to the family court, and to assess the suitability of mediation in particular circumstances.

Lisa Parkinson: Postive Outlook for Future - Video (04/22/10)
Lisa Parkinson talks about her excitement about the future of the field. She sees it expanding, becoming more multicultural, and utilizing the internet more and more.

Lisa Parkinson: Divorce Cases that Perhaps Should Not Be Mediated - Video (02/08/10)
Lisa Parkinson gives three contexts in which divorcing couples should not mediate.

Lisa Parkinson: Hopes for Family Mediation in Beginning - Video (08/20/09)
Lisa Parkinson shares what her hopes were as the mediation field was emerging - improving the way in which families went through divorce as well as changing the legal culture.

Lisa Parkinson: Family Mediation Field in UK - Video (05/28/09)
Lisa Parkinson describes how family mediation came about in the UK. Divorce rates were on the rise and research was revealing the harmful effects parental conflict had on children. The legal process promoted that conflictive environment, so mediation was thought to be an alternative.

Lisa Parkinson: Team of Trainers Beneficial - Video (05/14/09)
Lisa Parkinson describes how a team of mediation trainers can be more beneficial than just one trainer. Benefits include the ongoing dialogue, the wider repertoire of experience between the trainers, and increased stimulous.

Parkinson, Lisa: Training to Raise Competence - Video (05/14/09)
Lisa Parkinson discusses the benefits of the UK's model of mediation training and explains the risks of incompetent family mediators.

Parkinson, Lisa: Standards for Competency in Family Mediation - Video (05/14/09)
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.

Parkinson, Lisa: Competition Between Professionals and Fields - Video (03/14/09)
Lisa Parkinson describes a difficulty in the field that she observes happening in many countries. The more power and recognition a person/field has, the more competitive people become and more struggles result.

Parkinson, Lisa: Differences Between US and UK in Family Law - Video (02/13/09)
Lisa Parkinson discusses how the legal systems treat family law and family mediation in different states in the US whereas the UK has one legal system and set of standards for both fields.