Fredrike P. Bannink

Fredrike P. Bannink


Drs. F.P. Bannink MDR
  • Master of Dispute Resolution (University of Amsterdam)
  • Mediator for the Amsterdam District Court.
  • Past Chair of the Foundation for Professional Neighbour Mediation Amsterdam
  • Clinical psychologist (University of Amsterdam)
  • Graduate study programme lecturer and in-company trainer in solution focused brief therapy and positive psychology
  • Trainer in solution focused coaching and solution focused mediation/conflict management
  • Trainer Mental Health Team of Doctors without Borders (MSF Holland)
  • Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders
  • External advisor of the Directorate of Social Development of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development, Curaçao, the Netherlands Antilles.
  • F.P. Bannink is the author of many international publications and is an international presenter on solution focused therapy, solution focused interviewing, solution focused leadership and solution focused mediation/conflict management.

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Articles and Video:

Building Positive Emotions In Mediation (05/31/17)
Little attention has so far been paid to theories of positive emotions in psychology and mediation. This may well reflect the spirit of the age in which most disciplines have focused on problems and it may also reflect the nature of emotions themselves.

Handbook of Positive Supervision for Supervisors, Facilitators, and Peer Groups Book Review (08/14/15)
This book introduces us and gives the reader a taste of a unique form of supervision, based on positive psychology and solution-focused brief therapy, which have their philosophical roots in social constructivist tradition. Many theories that underpin the practice approach of positive supervision and its reasons for its success are described.

Venting Anger Feeds the Flame (01/02/14)
Venting negative emotions is precisely what many therapists, coaches and mediators advise people to do. If followed, such advice will only make people angrier and more aggressive.

Positive Supervision and Intervision (12/13/13)
Bannink’s latest publication ’Positive supervision and intervision’ is based on the solution focused paradigm for individual and group supervision sessions. Accordingly, learning is about our success stories as well as other practitioners’ success stories and much less about what did not work or went wrong which may be the traditional experience when a problem solving paradigm is used. This articles contains a description of her new book.

From Fredrike Bannink (10/14/13)
Congratulations on your 500th edition! remains a great resource for mediators all over the world. Hope to see the 1000th edition in the future!

The Solution-Focused ‘Language Game’ in Mediation (09/27/13)
Without clear, concise ways to know whether mediation has either failed or succeeded, mediation can go on endlessly. Therefore, early in their conversations, mediators and clients address the question: “How do we know when to stop meeting like this?” This article helps to define solution-focused mediation.

Mediation and Game Theory (06/25/12)
In mediation, the measure of success is not so much whether a client wins at the other client’s expense, but whether he gets what he wants because he enables the other(s) to achieve their dreams and to do what they want. In other words: ‘Winning will depend on not wanting other people to lose.’

From Fredrike Bannick (10/11/11)
Every conflict is an opportunity in disguise. Thank you for inspiring us mediators how to help people in finding these solutions. I am proud to be one of your contributors! Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Changing Conflict Stories (12/13/10)
There are four types of ‘conflict stories’ that can be changed to ‘solution stories’. Conflict stories can be changed to solution stories by acknowledging the impact of the conflict and the facts of the situation instead of evaluating, judging or explaining it.

Successful Scaling In Mediation (03/01/10)
By means of so called ‘scaling questions’ mediators can help their clients to express complex, intuitive observations about their past experiences and estimates of future possiblities. Scaling questions invite clients to put their observations, impressions and predictions on a scale from 10-0.

Supermediators (02/02/09)
It is obvious that not every mediator is equally successful. As some lawyers have better results, some artists create more remarkable works of art and students perform better with some teachers than others, some psychotherapists also achieve better results than others. Therefore most of us, when we recommend a mediator, lawyer, doctor or psychotherapist to a friend or relative, we rely more on the competence and expertise of this person than on his theoretical background.

Visitor, Complainant, Customer: Motivating Clients To Change In Mediation (09/14/08)
This article discusses the methods of assessing the clients’ motivation to change and how this change can be encouraged, so a positive outcome in mediation is enhanced.

Solution Focused Mediation (03/31/08)
Solution focused mediation asks: What would you prefer instead of the conflict? The focus is on the preferred future. Clients are considered competent in formulating their own hopes for the future and of devising solutions to make it happen. The expertise of the mediator lies in asking solution focused questions and in motivating clients to change. The concept and the methodology differ significantly from other types of mediation used to date. Conversations become positive and shorter; ensuring that solution focused mediation is also cost-effective. In this article you will find a description of the solution focused model, you can see how the model is used in mediation practice and how it is different from other models.