The Mediator's Handbook: Revised & Expanded Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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The Mediator's Handbook: Revised & Expanded Fourth Edition / Edition 4


…a comprehensive and practical guide for anyone who regularly deals with conflict. --- Michael Mcilwrath, co-author of International Arbitration and Mediation: A Practical Guide, and host of the podcast “International Dispute Negotiation”

The popular Mediator's Handbook presents a time-tested, adaptable model for helping people work through conflict. Extensively revised to incorporate recent practice and thinking, it lays out the process step-by-step, from opening conversations and exploring the situation, through the phases of finding lasting resolution.

The "Toolbox" section details the unique concepts and skills a mediator needs in order to:
• Understand the Conflict
• Support the people
• Facilitate the process
• Guide decision-making.
Throughout the book, the emphasis is on what the mediator can do or say NOW, and on the underlying principles and core methods that can help the mediator make wise choices.

Long a popular course textbook for high schools, universities, and training programs, The Mediator's Handbook is also a valued desk reference for professional mediators, and a practical guide for managers, organizers, teachers and anyone working with clients, customers, volunteers, committees or teams.

… the secret language of outstanding mediators… hundreds of examples of carefully chosen phrases mediators can use at every step that make the difference between knowing what needs to happen next in mediation, and being able to make it happen.-- Hideaki Irei, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University

Beer, Packard and Stief are masters in the mediation field and have much to offer us. An essential addition to the current scholarship and practice.--- Susan Sgorbati, Jones Chair for Social Activism, and former Dean of Faculty, Bennington College

Jennifer E. Beer, PhD, mediates organizational conflicts, facilitates meetings, and offers related workshops, regularly teaching a negotiation course at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania).

Caroline C. Packard, JD led Friends Conflict Resolution Programs for 15 years, and is an organizational conflict response specialist and mediator based in Philadelphia.

Eileen Stief developed the mediation process presented in the Handbook, training a generation of mediators to work with community, multi-party and environmental disputes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865717220
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 64,041
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Mediator Handbook 4th edition: Contents

1. Overview Preface iii
What is mediation? 11
The mediator’s role 16
The anatomy of the mediation process 18
Process-centered mediation 19
Guiding principles 21
Mediation terms

2. Getting them to the
Table Can mediation help this situation?
How people find a mediator 35
Voluntary or mandatory?
Initial conversations 37
Do they want to participate?
Approaching the other parties 41
Should I be the mediator? 43
Pre-mediation agreements and review 44
Choosing a location 45

3. The Mediation Session Part I: Exploring the Situation
Preparing, Setting up 49
Opening: Welcome, warm up, logistics, goals, roles 51
Listening to each perspective: Go-Round 58
The Exchange 61
Facilitating the Exchange 62
The Exchange: Tasks & flow 63
Start with and clarify Information 65
Checkout interpretations 67
Listen for their concerns 68
Example + impact
Interests: restating, other relevant interests
Encouraging empathy and reconciliation
Transition to Reaching Resolution 72
Separate Conversations 58

4. The Mediation Session Part II: Reaching Resolution Reaching Resolution 80
Topic Lis, criteria, wording 83
Options: come up with ideas 87
Reality Testing
Decisions: reviewing the agreement 92
Decisions: emotions, hesitations 93
Writing the agreement 95
Wording the agreement 97
Closing 81
Afterwards: wrapping up 82
Multiple sessions 83

5. Understanding
Conflict Understanding conflict 25
The Conflict Core: fear, opportunity, love 26
Common effects of conflict 28
The pleasures of conflict 29
The Conflict Triangle: People, Process, Problem: 32
Your mediator's toolbox 105

6.Supporting the
People Supporting the people: main skills
Setting the tone 109
Choosing your words 111
Giving your full attention 107
Acknowledging 110
Adversarial mode ? cooperative mode
Avoid this Kettle of Fish 112
Handling judgmental remarks 175
Protecting 12
Attending to comfort and accessibility 119
Language and hearing difficulties
Working with people in all their variety… 121
Emotionally difficult situations 129

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7. Facilitating the
Process Confidentiality in practice 139
Impartial facilitation
Structuring the discussion 140
Facilitating the session: Key points 136
Don’t we need some rules here? 137
When you can be directive 141
When to consult 142
Staying on track 145
Crafting questions: basics, cautions, positive 146
Clarifying: follow-up questions 149
Kinds of rewording 150
Reflecting 152
Summarizing 153
Working visually 155
Is this discussion productive? 156
Intervening when things heat up 157
Is it time to quit? 159
Facilitation challenges 161

8. Solving the Problem Participants’ starting point: Power & rights 166
Changing the “positions” mindset 167
Interests: layers, why interests matter 168
Finding space for solutions 171
Checking out (mis)interpretations 173
Lies, perceptions, deceptions 17
Plain description of facts and needs
Flip it! ? outcome-focused interests 178
Tactful wording of interests and topics
Summarizing interests
Topic List examples 180

8. Solving the Problem
(continued) Eliciting ideas: brainstorming, opening up possibilities
Can mediators suggest options? 184
Visual aids for making decisions 185
Types of resolution
Efficient decisions: templates, formulas
“What ifs” 186
Fall Backs: Contingencies, uncertainties 190
Step-down agreements: smaller scope 187
When there’s no agreement 188
Final review: Workability 191
Final review: Future 192
Sample agreements 195
When no resolution is in sight 196

9. Going Further Going further
Adapting the process 203
Mediating with children & teens 122
Mediating across generations, family conflicts 124
Mediating employee conflicts 126
Participant evaluation 126
Mediator evaluations: session, self
The Handbook “soup pot” 207
Authors & contributors 209
Organizational support 208

Cheat Sheet final page or inside cover209Diagram of mediation process

viii The Mediator’s Handbook © 2012 Jennifer Beer & Caroline Packard

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