Trainer: Suzanne Kingston
Trainer: Karin Walker
This advanced hybrid practice model provides an invaluable additional resource to supplement the established family mediation model.
- This model retains all existing fundamental principles of family mediation including joint meetings, but parties’ lawyers, where appointed, have a more direct and constructive role in the process.
- Alongside joint meetings, this model encompasses the option that mediators may have separate, confidential meetings with each party – and their lawyers where appropriate – which can facilitate exploring issues, addressing concerns and formulating proposals and settlement terms
- Within careful boundaries, this model allows for more flexibility and creativity.
While suitable for all issues arising in day-to-day practice, this process is critically necessary where either or both parties have high conflict personalities; a separate but overlapping issue that this course will also address.
This model can be particularly useful in dealing with unmarried couples, and in other family issues such as family business or inheritance issues.
Henry Brown, who established Resolution’s original mediation training and who developed and used this family model of mediation over 15-20 years, says:
This model enhances practice and is ethically sound, it provides what many couples want and need, and it is essential in some cases. I would not now mediate without having the ability to work in this way.
We are delighted that Henry will be attending to present a session on the afternoon of the second day of this course.