Elinor Robin, PhD. has mediated thousands of divorces, workplace disputes, and family conflicts in the courts and the private sector. In 2007, she incorporated her knowledge of the psychological, cultural, and legal aspects of divorce to create A Friendly Divorce®, a network of mediators who provide one-stop divorce mediation and document preparation services to couples who want to move through the process of divorce without using attorneys. As a Primary Mediation Trainer with Mediation Training Group, Elinor has taught mediation to over 12,000 professionals, nationally and internationally, to rave reviews.
Elinor's credentials include Certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a Mediator and Primary Mediation Trainer, Licensure as both a Mental Health Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NBCC) and a Board Certified Coach (CCE). She is an appointed member of the Florida Supreme Court's Mediator Qualifications Board, a Past-president of the Association of South Florida Mediators, and an Advanced Practitioner member with the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). She blogs for the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elinor-robin-phd/) and her quotes and articles have appeared in various publications and media. Elinor's new book "The Professional Woman's Guide To Conflict Management" can be purchased at Amazon or Packt Publishing.
Claiming Mediation's Future(12/15/14)
Our own article on the future of mediation focuses on emerging trends and untapped potential. In addition we decided to write a response to “Reclaiming Mediation’s Future: Getting Over the Intoxication of Expertise, Re-Focusing on Party Self-Determination” which was written by the esteemed Robert A. Baruch Bush, and Joseph P. Folger for Mediate.com in November 2014. We are not submitting this rebuttal in an attempt to change any one’s mind. Instead, as mediators we are generally fascinated with hearing, and telling, the rest of the story, so here it is…..
From Elinor Robin
Over the last 18 years Jim Melamed has used Mediate.com to bring his vision of professional mediation to the world. As we made the transition into the electronic age Jim was way ahead of the curve. And, today he continues on as a strategic influencer, with his Mediate.com University. My mediation career has spanned 25 years. During this time, I've studied and analyzed the emerging trends and challenges that we face as individual mediators and as a profession. And, I believe that Jim has shaped our profession in a way that no one else has. As I move into the second half of my mediation career (yes, I do expect another 25 years) I will continue to look to Jim and Mediate.com for ground breaking vision and wisdom. If you want to know what is going on in the mediation universe, look no further. You can find the answer at www.mediate.com.
Mediation: Why Haven't We Come Further?(11/06/11)
Using mediation to resolve disputes can be traced, across a variety of cultures, to Biblical and ancient times. In this country, the founding fathers recognized the process but mediation did not have a valid place in American policy until 1946 when the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) was formed to resolve labor disputes.