Transformative mediation embraces a different set of values from the regular approach to managing disputes

Transformative mediation embraces a different set of values from the facilitative approach, fostering growth and transforming human character, as opposed to the individualistic problem solving approaches enshrined in other models (Ardagh, A 1999).

This focus on empowerment and the restoring of each parties sense of their own value and strength, and recognition or the evocation in individuals of acknowledgment and empathy for the situation and problems of others (Brenner, M et al 2000), gives rise to more flexible and informal process of mediation, one where growth is possible, driven from empowerment and recognition.

If the ‘Promise of Mediation’ as set down by the Gough Whitlam government back in 1974, designed ‘to help, encourage and counsel parties with marital problems, determining legal rights but also administering the law with compassion and understanding of human conduct and marital relationships’, then the use of transformative mediation from intake through to closure, can ‘help’ provide the best chance to potentially effect much deeper changes in clients and their interpersonal relationships.

References:

  • Bush, R A. Baruch and Folger, J P., 2004: The Promise of Mediation: The Transformative Approach to Conflict, 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
  • Bush, R A. Baruch and Folger, J P., 2007: The Promise of Mediation, pp 266-275
  • Spangler, B, 2003. Problem-Solving Mediation. Beyond Intractability. Eds. Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess. Conflict Information Consortium, University of Colorado, Boulder. Posted: September.

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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