Mediation Ethics Articles
It happens for many of us that we take on the whole responsibility of our interpersonal conflicts – to our detriment.
Disagreements often start when someone doesn’t want to discuss something or take a necessary action, and someone else accuses that person of avoiding.
(3/21/19)Kenneth Rasmussen, Milan Slama
This article by Milan Slama and Ken Rasmussen is the second part to discuss the current political divide.
What is the purpose of the conflict?
(3/16/19)Michael A. Zeytoonian
Abraham Lincoln had a simple approach to achieving diversity: “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”
Workplace mediation disputes are increasing and changing. To be prepared for this growing field, mediators should look at what skills they will need.
Couples from all backgrounds can benefit from help from diverse family law practitioners.
(3/07/19)Donald T. Saposnek
This is a new interview with Don Saposnek, long-time leader in the field of divorce mediation and best supporting the interests of children in divorce, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Place of Mediation" video series.
In this article, Anveksha Padhye does a critical analysis on whether mediation is an effective ADR mechanism or not.
This article explores in relation to “evaluative” or “advice-giving” mediation, what are possible working descriptions, typologies, variations, expressions used, diagnosis and suitability, advantages and disadvantages, and common hurdles.
Sometimes when we’re faced with a difficult conversation we over-think it and try to anticipate every single objection that can be raised, or every difficult response we have to make, or every completely unanticipated tangent that “complexifies” the whole conversation.
I wish to add to Michael Leathes’ recent post on his suggestion that more field-based research be done into the mediation product and Rick Weiler’s follow-up.
This article explores how neuroscience can help mediators understand the physiologic stress response, its impact on individuals involved in conflict, and how to structure mediation to minimize the negative impact of the stress response.
In a recent blog, I mentioned that I attended a seminar presented by Professor Blondell discussing ethical fading in mediation. At one point, she mentioned the SINS scale which I had not heard about.
Mentoring and co-mediating have been fundamental aspects of my mediation work since my first experiences in Toronto some 19 years ago.
This article, from Victoria-based Lori Frank, discusses how to open up your communication by using open-ended questions.
In many ways, what coaches and lawyers do in the work place is very similar, just from a different point of view.
Have you considered that, while we traditionally believe that our "conscience" tells us what is right and what is wrong, conscience, in practice, actually is a functional strive for harmony with those around us?
We like things simple, and often that means not making the effort to understand the full picture and specific legal context.
The recent announcement that another major Canadian bank is withdrawing from the national banking ombudsman service in favour of a private dispute resolution service for customer banking complaints raises interesting questions about independence and impartiality.
Sometime potential individual clients or institutions and organizations who want to hire me are looking for a quick fix for their longstanding conflict management problems.
Even though mediators work very closely with people when we mediate, typically no one else in the room shares our mediator perspective.
As a conflict resolution practitioner, one of my goals is to change the way people see conflict.
Last year, I came across an awesome free resource for learning mediation and as part of that, empathic listening.
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This book teaches us many things, such as that the dynamics of neuroscience may make our your eyes glaze over, but understanding the basics of brain science improves negotiation.