Applying Family Systems Theory to Mediation: A by Wayne F. Regina

By Wayne F. Regina

The sector of mediation presently lacks a unifying theoretical beginning. This ebook makes an attempt to treatment that via featuring one such complete theoretical version. family members platforms conception relies at the paintings of Murray Bowen, who was once one of the preliminary proponents of family members remedy. Bowen relations structures concept describes human relationships and human functioning utilizing a systemic lens that conceptualizes human habit via an difficult internet of emotional techniques. As a practising mediator, instructor, and educational, Regina deals a systemic knowing of profitable mediation, meditation ideas, the relationships among disputants, and the significance of mediator emotional adulthood. He discusses the co-mediator dating, the consequences of a number of events reminiscent of legal professionals and stakeholder teams at the mediation approach, the explanations for failed mediation, and the general value of conception in perform. This ebook presents a pragmatic advisor for the mediation practitioner and should help either skilled and beginner mediators in effectively navigating the often-intense, emotional minefield of mediation.

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The emphasis is based on the assumption that I can best help the parties if I understand the participants and the situation, as each person perceives it. This is a definitional reframe highlighting the importance of the relationship between the mediator and the disputants, rather than the mediator simply listening to their stories as a fact-finding mission. Uninterrupted time deepens the important processes of building trust, promoting safety, and developing rapport. In essence, the good will and empathic connections established during uninterrupted time foster the development of the mediation triangle.

A clear and concise introduction helps calm the participants. For many disputants, mediation is an unknown arena. They come to mediation suspicious, anxious, and unsure about what to expect. indb 29 8/15/11 9:56 AM 30 Chapter Three mediation, articulating the stages of mediation, reviewing the expectations and procedures, and clarifying guidelines/ground rules help remove the uncertainty about mediation, allowing the parties to begin minimizing defenses and relaxing into the process. Also, effective introductions help create rapport, establish me as expert guide in the process, promote safety, and develop trust.

When chronic anxiety attaches itself to a person, object, substance, symptom, or idea, it is called anxiety binding. Anxiety binders are ways in which people who get reactive with one another stay connected through their attachment to the conflict. This triangulation process, since it does not resolve the conflict but only binds it in temporary relief, decreases the participants’ capacity for independent and thoughtful functioning, as is the case with all of the participants: Lee, Jayla, Alicia, and Byron.

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