What is mediation?
Mediation is a skillful, yet sensitive, intervention designed to resolve conflict. It is a voluntary and confidential process that is facilitated by an impartial mediator. Carefully the mediator encourages the parties to explore their issues and express their feelings, to have heartfelt and meaningful conversations, and eventually find their own solution. Mediation is a structured process that also acknowledges and works at the emotional level creating lasting effective outcomes.
Who will know about mediation?
- Confidentiality is a key principle of mediation
- The person who set up the mediation will know that it is happening.
- The mediation parties will know the content – both parties will sign up to keeping the content confidential
- At the end of mediation both parties will decide what if anything they want to share and with whom.
- The mediator will keep all discussions confidential
- Any agreement is not part of any formal process and is for personal use.
What if a party doesn’t want to take part?
- Voluntary is a key principle of mediation
- The mediator will explain the process to potential parties
- If a party is still uncertain they will be encouraged to consider individual mediation
- Parties can leave the process at any time
What is the process? How long will it take?
- Once mediation has been proposed, the mediator will begin preparations
- Preparations will include discussions with the parties about the mediation process
- Parties will complete a pre-mediation questionnaire
- There will be an individual meeting with each party approx. an hour
- There will be a joint mediation session approx. 4 -5 hours.
- Karen Bailey Mediation Services prefer to hold the individual session and the joint session on different days
What happens at the joint session?
What decision will be made?
- The only decisions made will be those made by the parties
- The mediator is impartial, and will not make any judgments or give advice
- When and if parties are ready to look to the future the mediator will explore with the parties what decisions they are prepared to make.
- Any agreement is for the parties’ personal use
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