Category Experiences of Mediation

Experiences of mediation; industrial and workplace negotiations

With the Abbott Coalition Government and Australian Workers’ Union leader Paul Howes using the Australian media to respond to the Fair Work Commission’s Modern Awards Review, industrial and workplace negotiation techniques are once again in the press. In January this year the Victorian branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the state government settled […]

Towards Healing – 5 ways to improve the process for complainants.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (“the Commission”) has heard evidence from a man identified only as “DK” who participated in the Catholic Church’s Towards Healing process, together with Patrick Monahan, a solicitor representing Catholic Church Insurances Ltd (CCI) and Michael Salmon, director of the Church’s Professional Standards Office. The Commission […]

3 tips to prepare for mediation – not just for family law disputes!

Mediation is not just for divorcing couples and warring parents. From fencing disputes to workplace conflict, mediation is used to resolve disputes in almost any area of the law or human relations. You do not need to have filed court proceedings or engaged lawyers to have a mediator facilitate your discussions; in fact, many people […]

Fostering trust in mediation

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been dispatched to Jerusalem to mediate the ongoing conflicts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority; but over half the Israelis polled earlier this month do not trust Kerry to act as an impartial mediator (source: FOCUS News Agency). I have written before about the importance of truthfulness in mediation […]

Lessons learned

Writing for the Huffington Post blog, Family Law Mediator Diane L Danois shares the 5 lessons she’s learned from failed mediations. Diane practices in family and relationship disputes, mediating between separating couples. As is common in the family law arena, several mediation sessions are scheduled over a number of days, weeks or even months. Two of […]

Perspectives on mediation – links

image via The Daily Star Mediation is useful in many and varied areas of dispute; but don’t just take me word for it. Here is what a few other practitioners are saying about mediation: Mediation is not about winning or losing. Rather, it centres on commercial compromise. Ultimately, the aim is the re-establishment of constructive dialogue […]

Can mediation help change kids’ behaviour?

Brandon Mayhue, 15, talks with his math teacher, Wendy Winston, at Alger Middle School on Monday, October 28, 2013. Alger is one of three Grand Rapids Public Schools which will pilot a restorative justice program, in which disciplinary issues will be mediated instead of students being suspended. The other schools in the pilot are Campus […]