How Can Mandatory Mediation Be Voluntary?

Voluntary or Voluntold? Most Mediators, including me, think that one of the most foundational parts of mediation is its voluntariness. But we live in a world with mandatory mediation, so what gives? How can mediators define mediation by its voluntariness but support people being forced into mandatory mediation? Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program The Ontario Mandatory […]

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Spectrum of Mediation: Evaluative Mediator

This is the first of a three part series on the spectrum of mediation. The spectrum of mediation host three main types or styles of mediation from the most direction and influence of the mediator to the least these types are, Evaluative Mediation, Facilitative Mediation and Transformational Mediation. This post focuses on what Evaluative Mediation […]

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Trump vs Times

I spend a good portion of my time telling people about how mediation is a good option for resolving nearly all conflicts. I know you are asking when is mediation a bad idea? Is mediation ever a bad idea? Like all good rules there are some exceptions. Rarely mediation can be a waste of time. […]

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What is Mediation and Why is it Useful?

What is Mediation? It is Neutral The mediator is a person outside the dispute that does not have any interests at stake. Neutrality is important, because during a mediation all parties need to have faith that the mediator is dedicated to the process for the sake of finding a mutually agreeable solution. It is Voluntary […]

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Mediation: What’s the Deal with Getting to a Deal

I am often asked why mediators can get a deal that the parties themselves can’t.┬áMediators use a number of strategies and skills throughout the mediation process to help parties in conflict. The exact strategies they employ depend on the conflict and the parties since solutions need to be customized to what the parties are experiencing. […]

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