Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Family Breakdown and the Protection and Custody of Children

Divorce has become increasing common and many dispute resolution practitioners (such as lawyers, mediators, psychologists, counsellors, family therapists, child and relationship specialists, communication specialists and coaches) become involved with couples who are, or are considering, separation or divorce. As many of these human disputes deal with emotive issues surrounding family breakdown and the protection and…

The Role of the Mediator: To support change in the context of the presenting relationship, recognising that growth is possible, driven from empowerment and recognition

Transformative mediation is a proactive facilitative process where the mediators’ orientation is one in which conflict is viewed as an opportunity for individuals to change their interactions with each other and therefore bringing about conflict transformation. The transformative mediator helps create an environment where parties move from being uncertain and hostile to becoming clearer and…

Mediations greatest value lies in its potential not only to find solutions to people’s problems but to change people themselves for the better, in the very midst of conflict

In Family Dispute matters where the parties may have to continue to communicate for years in relation to the ongoing concern such as bringing up children, then this potential to change can have lasting and transformative effects. Bush and Folger propose that, ‘mediations greatest value lies in its potential not only to find solutions to…

Impact Therapy speeds up the process by introducing multisensory, motivational, and marketing and maps to mediation, introducing creative techniques, that are action and insight oriented

Impact Therapy is a transformative approach that can be incorporated into mediation, offering an action and insight orientation and a departure from the traditional facilitative model. Developed by Ed Jacobs and Christine Schimmel, Impact Therapy is an active, multisensory, concrete, theory driven approach that recognises that change comes from not only verbal, but also visual…