Do you find it hard to communicate effectively?
Confidently articulating what is really desired can be painful when you battle internally on how to respond to make peace and getting to a resolution around a matter.
This daily struggle can entail one having attachments to ideas, feelings, and beliefs that make it hard to work through disputes and relational conflicts. This includes power imbalances and communication difficulties in communication.
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What is mediation?
Mediation is a structured negotiation process in which a neutral and independent mediator assists parties in dispute to achieve their own resolution. Mediation is a quick, inexpensive, and informal way of resolving disputes.
It gives all parties the opportunity to explain their situation and all parties are encouraged to actively participate.
Griot Works’ Unique Mediation Approach:
Conflict Coaching and Spiritual Direction According to the Handbook of Conflict Resolution (2014), conflict coaching began in the 1990s as a strategic skill for business executives and a supplement to mediation on university campuses. Leading theorists of this process suggest that conflict coaching is an approach where a coach and client communicate one-on-one for the purpose of developing the client’s conflict-related understanding, interaction strategies, and interaction skills. With Griot Works, part of client skill development considers spiritual practices and wisdom from various religious traditions as a means to help console a client’s inner life dilemmas that may arise in relation to the conflict.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Mediator’s role?
The mediator's main role is to assist the parties:
to raise and consider options and strategies by which the issues may be addressed; and
to discuss the issues with a view to negotiating a settlement they can all live with.
The procedure for mediation is at the discretion of the mediator. Legal representation at mediation is not permitted unless both parties have representation.
The mediator does not judge who is right or tells the parties what to do.
How Should I Prepare for Mediation?
To prepare for mediation each party should:
have a pre-session with the mediator to talk about the matter at hand and address any concerns about the process
address the need and/or gather copies of all documents which may be relevant to the mediation - agreements, records, receipts, letters, notices, and accounts.
What happens if parties reach an agreement in mediation?
Any agreement reached in mediation is only binding amongst the parties, and is not guaranteed to be upheld in a court of law.
The agreement will be put in writing and signed by the parties.
What happens if parties cannot reach an agreement at mediation?
Not all mediations end in an agreement. One question that many participants often ask before
beginning mediation is, “What happens if we don’t reach an agreement?” Unfortunately, there
isn’t one single answer that will cover all situations. However, a mediation that does not result
in an agreement can still be worthwhile.