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 more accepting of each other. (Ardagh, A 1999). Their role is not as a guide or facilitator but rather a designer or architect of a process, supporting change in the context of the presenting relationship, recognising that growth is possible, driven from empowerment and recognition.

More on transformative mediation next week.

Reference: 

  • Ardagh, A 1999: “Transformative mediation: the opportunity and the challenge,” ADR Bulletin: Vol. 2: No. 1.
  • 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

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