Timothy Hedeen Timothy Hedeen is a researcher, trainer, and professor of dispute resolution at Kennesaw State University, Georgia. He serves on the editorial board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly, as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Community-based and Peer Mediation Committee, and was past chair of the National Association for Community Mediation.
Tim’s articles have appeared in Mediation Quarterly, Teaching Sociology, and the Penn State Law Review, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, The Sociological Quarterly, and Justice System Journal, and Family Court Review.
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Ensuring Self-Determination Throughout Mediation: Ethical and Effective Practices in Screening Cases, Preparing Clients, and Avoiding Coercion - video and materials
Disputants and mediators together determine a mediation’s success, sometimes only in retrospect. This interactive workshop explored opportunities prior to and during a session, when the mediator may support-even enhance-parties' abilities to make the most of their mediation experience.
Challenging Conventions In Challenging Conditions: Thirty-Minute Mediations At Burning Man
For the past eight years, Ron Kelly has offered mediation services at the
annual Burning Man festival. The process he designed appears to bring
significant help to disputing couples in half an hour, and useful conflict
coaching to individuals in fifteen minutes. It is tightly formatted—and
uses a kitchen timer. This interview covers the origins of his process
and explores how the creativity and generosity of the festival are available
to all mediators.
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A Stage Model of Social Movement Cooptation: Community Mediation in the United States
The community mediation movement in the United States arose in the late 1970s as an alternative to a formalized justice system which was perceived to be costly, time consuming, and unresponsive to individual and community needs. Community mediation advocates also valued community training, social justice, volunteerism, empowerment and local control over conflict resolution mechanisms. But over the past quarter century, community mediation has become increasingly institutionalized and undergone various degrees of cooptation in its evolving relationship with the court system. Drawing on the literatures of dispute resolution, cooptation, and social movements, we analyze the evolution of community mediation and identify the degrees and dimensions of its cooptation.
Community Section Editorial
Welcome to the Mediate.com Community Section. We have plenty of new content posted, and more on the way shortly.
Ensuring Self-Determination through Mediation Readiness: Ethical Considerations
To exercise self-determination, disputants must possess the capability to participate effectively in the process, a topic of recent inquiry. This article will examine a few implications of self-determination for mediation practice.
New Community Section Editorial
Welcome to the Community Section, where we are pleased to
introduce two new resources for anyone involved or interested in
Community Mediation And The Court System: The Ties That Bind
Since their inception, community mediation programs in the United States have often been tied to
the justice system. This proximity is expressed in a number of ways--courts are the leading source of
case referrals for many programs; state or local court systems provide the majority of funding for many
programs; and it is partly through these ties that mediation programs have attained legitimacy in the
communities they serve. In fact, some programs are even housed within courthouses. While there are
benefits that accrue to mediation programs because of the cozy nature of this relationship, it is not
without problems for a movement that has also been deeply committed to community-building, citizen
empowerment, and the building of alternative institutions. We will highlight and analyze some of these
problems in what follows.
Disabilities And Mediation Readiness In Court-Referred Cases:Developing Screening Criteria And Service Networks
Mediation is an ideal alternative to court for many matters. Referrals involving disputants with
certain emotional or mental disabilities may or may not be appropriate for community mediation as it is
currently being practiced. In many cases, community mediation must become more flexible and
accessible, offering coaching in advance, allowing advocate participation, using mediators skilled in
disability issues, and adapting the process. In other cases, centers must assess the "mediation readiness"
of disputants. In all cases, community mediation needs to become more deeply nested in human services
referral networks. Screening criteria through which mediation programs might assess disputant readiness