Impact Therapy provides the mediator with ways to frame the facilitation and to encourage the parties to be active, thinking, seeing and experiencing

Adapted for use in mediation and dispute resolution, Impact Therapy provides the mediator with ways to frame the facilitation and to encourage the parties to be active, thinking, seeing and experiencing during each session, speeding up the process by introducing multisensory, motivational, and marketing and maps to the process.

Developed by Ed Jacobs and Christine Schimmel, The five T’s of Impact Therapy: Theory, Timing, Teaching, Training and Thinking are key concepts of Impact Therapy.

  1. Impact Therapy is built on the premise that all sessions should be theory driven.
  2. Since Impact Therapy is an active form of therapy, the educator/facilitator has to always be aware of the timing of his/her strategies and techniques.
  3. There are times during facilitation when teaching can have impact 
  4. Likewise, Training may be appropriate to have impact.
  5. Thinking plays a major part in Impact Therapy with regard to both the practitioner and the parties.

Whilst firmly in the realm of transformative work and closely related to therapeutic counselling, Impact Therapy aims to help the parties to get to the core of the problem by cutting off unnecessary details, irrelevant stories and unfocussed discussion (Jacobs and Schimmel, 2013, pp 5).

Do you need help with 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: Jacobs and Schimmel, 2013: Impact Therapy: The Courage to Counsel.

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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