If you or somehow you know has ever been divorced, chances are you have heard of mediation. A couple may choose this form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to help navigate the difficult process by involving a neutral third party to help in all discussions and facilitate the resolution of the conflict at hand. When utilizing this process, it is important to select a formally trained mediator. Who may or may not be a lawyer.
What is Mediation?
Did you know that mediation can aide in the resolution of many different types of conflict? Divorce, Employer/Employee, Personal Injury, Breach of Contract, Probate to name a few. When a disagreement arises that remains unresolved through all your personal efforts, mediation is an effective way to break through the issue, diffuse and resolving the matter in a way that leaves both parties at ease with the outcome.
What Can Mediation Do for You?
Mediation is a very hands-on approach, allowing a comfortable and neutral environment for all involved to discuss the situation and find common ground. A mediator will effectively aide in the communication and facilitate the decision making process, helping both parties brainstorm ideas and come to a mutual understanding. It may feel overwhelming to be in the throws of a significant conflict; however, a trained mediator can bridge the gap and help you through such difficult time.
Understanding the Process
A mediator will facilitate the ability of each party to articulate their positions clearly, stay focused and on task during each session. It is important to remain open minded, receptive and understanding throughout the process, knowing that often some type of compromise will be necessary by both parties to arrive at an acceptable resolution. To be truly effective both parties must be committed to attempting to resolve the dispute. Discussions which occur during the mediation process can be confidential and the sessions are held in a timely manner at a convenient neutral location. Once an agreement has been reached, a mediator will then prepare a memorandum of the agreement, clearly stating the resolution of the dispute. Mediation allows both parties to play a role in arriving at the solution to the conflict and can maintain the relationship between the parties moving forward where needed. Mediation is usually less expensive and emotionally draining than the litigation process and should be the conflict resolution process of choice where appropriate.
Here at Behavioral Compass Group, we believe that with the help of our trained mediators, important matters can be resolved through effective communication and a willingness to “work” by exploring meaningful resolutions. We provide an atmosphere that encourages open and respectful interpersonal communication for all parties involved when dealing with many of life's challenging issues! To schedule an appointment, call us today at 860.470.3649.
Conflict is a part of life. Let us help you resolve it constructively and teach you effective communication skills in the process.