In a 2007 follow-up article to their book The Promise of Mediation, Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph Folger presented a list of 10 hallmarks of transformative mediation that distinguish its practice from other forms of third-party intervention processes, particularly in contrast to the dominant orientation of problem-solving mediation.
These are summarised as follows:
- In the opening statement, the transformative mediator explains the mediator’s role, and the objectives of mediation as being focused on empowerment and recognition.
- Transformative mediators leave responsibility for the outcomes with the parties.
- Transformative mediators are not judgmental about the parties’ views and decisions.
- Transformative mediators take an optimistic view of the parties’ competence and motives.
- Transformative mediators allow and are responsive to parties’ expression of emotions.
- Transformative mediators allow for and explore parties’ uncertainty.
- Transformative mediators remain focused on what is currently happening in the mediation setting.
- Transformative mediators are responsive to parties’ statements about past events.
- Transformative mediators realise that conflict can be a long-term process and that mediation is one intervention in a longer sequence of conflict interactions.
- Transformative mediators feel (and express) a sense of success when empowerment and recognition occur, even in small degrees. They do not see a lack of settlement as a “failure.”
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- Bush and Folger, 2007, The Promise of Mediation, pp 266-275.
- Spangler, Brad. “Transformative Mediation.” Eds. Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess. Conflict Information Consortium, University of Colorado, Boulder. Posted: October 2003. www.beyondintractability.org/essay/transformative-mediation