Mediation is a process that enables individuals, families and organizations to resolve conflict outside of the courtroom with the help of a professionally trained neutral facilitator. Mediators are trained in a variety of conflict resolution techniques that allow them to find solutions the parties have not been able to identify on their own.
The benefits of mediation include:
Participants never lose power. Unlike a lawsuit, mediation is a process of self-determination. The participants identify the issues and goals to be discussed in each session.
Separate the people from the problem: A mediator will help the parties reframe their issues to focus on actions and behaviors rather than individual which opens the door to a more productive conversation.
Underlying issues and problems are addressed. Often the issue is not really the issue. Mediation moves participants beyond surface concerns to address the root causes of the conflict to ensure long term success.
Decision making is shared. The likelihood of compliance improves because the parties design their own agreement.
Privacy and confidentiality are respected. Mediation provides an alternative to costly court proceeding and court-imposed solutions