Dispute Resolution Center can aid you in preparing for your mediation. This useful information will help you understand the process as well as your own role in mediation. Please read prior to your mediation.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is an effective means for people in conflict to work through their issues and arrive at a solution everyone can live with. Mediation involves impartial mediators helping you and the others in your dispute. At the mediation, each participant will talk about their concerns, as well as solutions for the future.
Mediation sessions are scheduled to accommodate all participants. Mediation is not about right or wrong. It is about working out past problems and looking at future possibilities. Fees are determined on a sliding scale and are based on ability to pay.
What Happens at The Mediation?
The mediation process starts with all participants having the opportunity to share their views of the conflict, with no interruptions. You should be prepared to discuss what has brought you to mediation and what your needs and interests are in this conflict. This is an opportunity to lay out your concerns, not to make your case. Mediation is not about proving anything, it’s about resolving differences and finding a workable solution.
The mediators will then help you to shift gears to problem solving. Problem solving involves everyone looking at possible ways to resolve the issues at hand. As there are usually more than one issue to work on, this part of mediation demands creativity and flexibility on the part of you and the others. The mediators will help you to arrive at an appropriate solution upon which all can agree.
When you reach a solution that meets everyone’s needs, the mediators will write up an agreement for all participants to sign. Everyone who signs will receive a copy of the agreement.
Your Role in Mediation
Mediation will be only as successful as you make it. Your responsibilities in mediation are to:
- Decide what the issues are for you in this conflict
- Look for solutions that satisfy everyone’s interests
- Work with the other participants to determine which solution is most appropriate
Remember that you construct the agreement, the mediators run the mediation. You should come to the mediation ready to work toward a resolution of the problems involved in your dispute.
Mediation Confidentiality Importance
Confidentiality allows people to be comfortable working on tough issues. Mediation creates an environment where you can honestly and openly address the issues of the conflict. Confidentiality is important because it allows people to work out issues and problems that they might not wish to share with others. Only those people present at the mediation know the content of the session, and the mediators are bound by law not to share any information relating to the content of the session outside of the mediation.
Questions or Concerns?
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