According to the employee, he’d been ready and able to go back to work for the past 6 months.  What’s more, the medical division had officially cleared him to go back to work 6 months ago. Despite periodic phone calls to his manager and to the medical division, the employee wasn’t told by management that […]

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The recent publicity around the longstanding challenges in interaction between police and community members, particularly black community members, has led to some promising insights. Community mediation centers are well situated to help improve relations and decrease violence. Those centers are able to be especially helpful if they’ve embraced empowerment and recognition as the primary values […]

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Guest Post by Sheri Tardio Last weekend I and about 20 other mediators from Calvert and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland took an advanced training in mediating parenting plans from a transformative perspective. We were extremely fortunate to have Jeff Shepardson from the Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) in New York travel down south to […]

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In some circles, name-calling is considered to be counterproductive in a mediation session. Some mediators suggest “no name-calling” as a helpful ground rule. While choosing to call someone by their preferred name can also be a wonderful choice for a party, here are 6 reasons mediators should consider being open to parties calling each other […]

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“Trust the process,” said the mediator. He was leading a divorcing couple through a discussion of the items in their budgets. The husband was saying that he didn’t care what his wife’s cable bill would be – he said it had no impact on the alimony he would pay. The mediator said, “Ok, but just […]

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Good research about mediation techniques has been hard to find. The costs of observing nuanced mediator behavior and subtle client reactions has been prohibitive. And no one has had a sufficient profit motive to sponsor such research. But the State of Maryland has been getting it done. The Administrative Office of the Courts followed over […]

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I saw an article on CNN.com a few days ago, linked here. The content of the article was not surprising. What I found hard to swallow was that the story was considered newsworthy. The article explains that when surgeons and other medical providers apologize after they’ve made a mistake, people are less likely to sue. […]

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I don’t know what wisdom is, but I aspire to it. I’m hoping it grows with time, experience, reflection, luck and/or grace. Meanwhile, transformative mediation has provided a shortcut so I can at least act wisely while mediating. Assuming Socrates, Jesus, Budha, Confucius, Gandhi, MLK, Jr., Mother Theresa, and Maya Angelou had some insights, what […]

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Although mediators prefer not to be pigeonholed, the truth is that we each stick to our own philosophy.  Many mediators value mediation’s potential to empower parties. That is, unlike adjudication, arbitration and evaluative methods, mediation need not be a top-down experience in which the parties are expected to defer to the mediator. But the approach […]

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