Mediation is a confidential meeting in which a specially trained, neutral mediator guides two or more individuals in a process designed to help disputants reach their own, voluntary agreement.
Everyone has conflicts from time to time. Mediation is an excellent way to resolve most forms of conflict. If you are looking for something better than litigation, and assuming you don’t want to ignore the problem creating a conflict, you should consider mediation! If you are interested in discussing whether mediation might be appropriate for your situation, call Alexandria Skinner at 803-414-0185, or ask a question using the contact form below:
Traditionally, people have settled conflicts by fighting, by going to court, or even by ignoring the conflict and trying to pretend that it doesn’t exist. None of those is particularly satisfactory.
Mediation is a fresh alternative that does work. Mediation offers a philosophy, a method of resolving disputes, in which the parties to conflict attack the problem rather than attacking each other.
Albert Einstein made the observation that a problem is never solved using the same level of thinking that created the problem in the first place. The mediator is trained in techniques to move parties beyond traditional attack modes of positioning, posturing, and protecting. Instead, the mediator will try to lead the parties into mutually constructive, problem solving that will address the true interests involved.
For the parties to even dare enunciate these interests, at times, requires trust in the neutral and strict assurance of confidentiality. This need for privacy is one reason that everything said during a mediation is confidential. With rare exceptions, nothing said or done during mediation can be used as evidence later in court, and the mediator cannot be called as a witness. Parties to a mediation will never have to worry whether the neighbors will read about their case in the newspaper.
Once the true interests are uncovered, the Mediator will assist the parties in brainstorming and crafting their own solutions designed to meet those interests. The mediation process is voluntary and results only in voluntary agreements.
Use resources on this site to explore the possibilities for resolving conflict in ways that can make everyone a winner