During The Mediation, What Does The Mediator(s) Do

Traditionally mediation is conduct by a singlemediator. However, co-mediation or a panel of three mediators is becoming commonplace. Co-mediation and panel mediation allows each party to select a mediator instead of mutually agreeing on a single one.

At the Initial Session:
 - Assess whether and how to intervene with the Parties
 - Creates a comfortable environment for communication
 - Invites parties to participate, to share their thoughts and concerns 
 - Establishes the purpose, structure and guidelines of mediation with the parties

Throughout the Session:
 - Helps each party to feel heard, respected and acknowledged
 - Identifies key issues that parties need to address and interests influencing issues
 - Outlines the issues and interests so they can be visually seen 
 - Continues to create an ambiance of safety and dignity
 - Helps keep the process focused and forward moving
 - Manages emotions and communication styles
 - Deals with unproductive power dynamics and egos
 - Encourages risk taking
 - Facilitates an effective negotiation process
 - Sorts out personal and emotional impasses and position obstacles

During the Resolution Process:
 - Encourages creativity and out-of-the-box ideas
 - Helps parties brainstorm solutions with each other
 - Helps each party think through their options
 - Establishes vocabulary words of potential agreements
 - Discuss how agreed resolutions can be implemented
 - Drafts a Resolution Agreement to be reviewed
 - Finalizes Resolution Agreement in writing signed both parties


During The Mediation, What Does The Mediator(s) Do

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