What is Family Mediation?
Family mediation applies the basic principles of mediation to resolve the issues that arise in a family system. Using the skills and techniques of the mediation process issues are identified, and sound decision-making is possible, reconciliation of divergent views, clearing the air, lessening resentment, which all paves the path to greater understanding, improved communication, and transformation of relationships.
It uses the same framework and skills as used in any mediation process.
What will Family Mediation help us with:
Family Mediation will help you resolve conflict creatively and respectively and build your family or relationship mindfully, intentionally and learn to thrive during times of transition and change. The mediator will facilitate the process and promote discussion and negotiation that allows people involved in a conflict the opportunity to exchange views, ask questions, discuss difficult topics and find solutions. You will learn skills for:
- Communicating more effectively
- Resolving conflict more appropriately
- Listening in order to honestly hear what the other person is communicating verbally and non-verbally
- Realizing conflict is a part of life amongst people and in families and it can be effectively dealt with without losing relationships
- Empowering individuals in the family or in the relationship to manage their roles in a healthy and stabilized way
Overview of the Family Mediation Process
Family mediators are neutral, trained professionals who help family members with beneficial discussion and guides everyone through considering possible solutions and options to address various problems through brainstorming, experience, and attentive listening by the mediator. The mediator will:
- Identify the issues and objectives
- Ask clarifying questions, listen to each members perspective and position
- Brainstorm about creative options that may be viable for resolution
- Realistic solutions are proposed to find mutually acceptable solutions
- Map out the plan of resolution
- Separate the people from the problem
- Commitment from each family member to apply the necessary effort to help themselves and the other member(s) work toward mutually determined goals and objectives
What Family Mediation is NOT:
It is not marital counseling, psychotherapy, or legal representation.
Who offers Family Mediation?
Family mediation is best done by trained and experienced mediators in the area of mediation. The process used to conflict and disputes among disputants.