​Transformative mediation: Change from a destructive interaction to a constructive one, thus bringing about a conflict transformation

Transformative mediation is one where ‘…conflict is viewed as an opportunity for individuals to change their interactions with others, if they choose to do so. The choice is to change from a destructive interaction to a constructive one, thus bringing about a conflict transformation’ (Ardagh, A; 1999, p.2).

This approach, according to Bush and Folger, avoids the problem of mediator directiveness, which so often occurs in facilitative or problem-solving mediation.

Transformative mediation instead puts responsibility for all outcomes squarely on the disputants. The goal for the transformative mediator is therefore to help the parties to improve their communication and their decision-making (Ardagh, A; 1999, p.2) and to foster the parties; empowerment and recognition, enabling them to approach their current problem, as well as later problems, with a stronger, more open view.

Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps gain clarity about your goals, resources, options or preferences and then assistance to make ‘clear and deliberate decisions.’

References:

  • Ardagh, A, 1999: Transformative mediation: the opportunity and the challenge,” ADR Bulletin: Vol. 2: No.1.
  • Bush and Folger, 2007: The Promise of Mediation, pp 266-275.

Tune in for more tips next week… or contact me Shane Smith @ shane@intentional-relationship.com or @ www.workofheart.net.au

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