Developing the Craft of Mediation
256 pages, 6 x 9
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Release Date:15 Mar 2007
ISBN:9781843103233
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Developing the Craft of Mediation

Reflections on Theory and Practice

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
'While there is no shortage of how-to books for mediators, works focusing on the voice of the mediator are rare. This book aims to fill that void by highlighting the perspectives of 16 mediators on a variety of topics, ranging from what motivates them to their different mediation styles and approaches.'- Dispute Resolution Journal'I recommend this book to all mediators in whichever discipline they practise and with it the implicit challenge - to know and develop our craft.'- Resolution Newsletter, and www.resolution.org.ukThe modern emergence of mediation represents the new and evolving application of an ancient and universal approach to settling quarrels. Mediation is now an established method of dispute resolution across a wide range of professional, workplace and social situations including the family, community, commercial, organisational, employment, environmental and international arenas. It is increasingly being applied to new legal, care and health sectors such as child abduction, child protection, housing and medical negligence.This book draws uniquely on the concrete knowledge and practice experience of leading mediators, working in a variety of fields, to inform contemporary debates and challenges. These practitioners reflect on the excitement, complexity, difficulty and satisfaction of their work as well as on the differences and commonalities within and across diverse fields of mediation practice. The book explores individual qualities and approaches, styles and models of practice, institutional frameworks and personal ideologies.Developing the Craft of Mediation is an essential aid for any mediator, and for other professionals wanting to enhance their understanding of the theory and practice of mediation.
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'Roberts does an excellent job of presenting a kaleidoscope of experiences and ideologies to stimulate our thinking about the future of meditation.'- ACResolution 'Marian Roberts explores the subject of mediation from all angles in this comprehensive volume, which is based on guided interviews from practitioners involved in many different types of mediation. Their reflections, in themed contributions, make up the bulk of the book. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Craft of Mediation.'- Quakers in Criminal Justice
Marian Roberts is qualified as a barrister and a social worker and has been in continuous practice as a family mediator since 1982 at the South East London Family Mediation Bureau, one of the first family mediation services in the UK. Marian Roberts is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution on their respective graduate programmes.
Notes on Contributors. Preface. 1.Introduction. Part 1: The Mediator. 2. Motivation. 3. The Personal Qualities of the Mediator. 4. Attitudes to Conflict. Part 2: Mediation. 5. The Nature and Purpose of Mediation. 6. The Principles of Mediation. 7. Theory and Practice. Part 3: The Task. 8. Practice Experience: Styles and Models. 9. Problems of Practice. Part 4: Conclusion. 10. The Craft of the Mediator. Appendix: Topic Guide. Bibliography. Further Reading Recommended by the Contributors. Subject Index. Author Index.
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