The Mediators: Family Edition features 27 of the most experienced family mediators in the world. Sections include: Inspiration, Techniques In The Room, Supporting Children, Styles And Models, The Future, Training & Certification
Mediators have an obligation to educate future mediators and the public about mediation and this is a process that takes time; some courts put pressure on mediators to settle in a certain number of sessions and this creates muscle mediation, or forcing the parties into settlement.
Joan Kelly describes how mediation can be a protective factor for children in the divorce process. If parents can engage in and deal with conflict without involving their children, the children will be better off.
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.
Barbara McAdoo speaks of her experience with litigation and feeling like the clients were not addressing the problem in the right way. She felt they could have communicated more openly and directly with each other.
Hugh McIssac describes a tiered model used in the Oregon courts for divorcing parents. If one process doesn't work, parents must move through the system of tiers, or processes, until they can work together.
This video produced by the Indiana Supreme Court gives an example of a marital and shared custody mediation. The mediator helps the parties to give their opening statement and to settle on issues to be negotiated.
Family Mediation Edition Trailer is a remarkable collection of observations and experiences of 27 of the most experienced family mediators in the world.
The mediators include:
Nina Meierding describes different expert mediators that have influenced her in different fields within mediation including custody disputes, domestic violence, and who has challenged her and made her rethink ideas.
Andrew Schepard talks about custody disputes and the process of deciding what the best interests of the child are. He feels this decision should be determined by the parents, not the state or the judge.
Margaret Shaw talks about what she hopes to see in the future for mediation: that mediation in schools will make a difference; certification regulations will form slowly, so as not to lose the flexibility of the field; that there will be an increased emphasis on collaboration in society.
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.
Constance Ahrons describes the result of a follow-up study she conducted on adult children from divorced parents. She found that the divorce made the family more complex and restructured, but did not destroy the notion of family for the children.
Frank Sander talks about why he decided to change career paths in the 70s from tax and family law to mediation. He thought change was important and wanted to be challenged instead of continuing to teach after 15 years.