The Art of Family Mediation is a foundational text for the mediation classroom at all levels-- graduate, undergraduate, and post-graduate. Expert mediator and trainer Lynn MacBeth explains family mediation theory and technique in a clear and compelling text that blends an overview of the research and literature with her unique insights and experience in the field. To understand the magic of mediation is to understand the mysteries of family dynamics, human communication, emotional processes, and conflict management and intervention. The therapeutic aspects of mediation, together with the legal and ethical fundamentals necessary to practicing family mediation are set forth concisely in one comprehensive source, with consideration given to the laws and practices of multiple U.S. states. For students, this book provides an understanding of the evolution of thought, practices, and legislation affecting family mediation. For instructors, an organized approach to the subject with case scenarios, materials, teaching tips, and questions for discussion provides one source for an established course that has endured and evolved over a decade.
Professor MacBeth designed and teaches The Art of Mediation at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a pioneer in the mediation movement, having first received her training from the adherents of O.J. Coogler, the father of family mediation in America. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been a mediator, trainer, and attorney for over twenty-five years.