What is Mediation?
Mediation is an adaptable peacebuilding process leading to improved connection and enhanced social and civil justice. It is voluntary, confidential and flexibly scheduled.
It is also referred to as an Alternative Dispute Resolution process (ADR). Mediation enhances social and civil justice and builds peaceable society because it can transform conflict and reduce costly litigation. Within public or private sector frameworks, mediation applied within decision making that is inclusive of all stakeholders can deliver social and civil justice benefit. Imagine the positive impact, that can be made, when disputes successfully resolve by means of a mediated, agreed outcome.
The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland describes mediation as a process in which an independent, neutral Mediator assists two or more disputing parties in resolving the dispute in a collaborative, consensual manner. You can read more on this here.
Contact Peace Essential in relation to advance planning around contracts, care situations, and when disputes occur. Examples of these disputes include civil law, board, business, probate and inheritance, family and separating couple disputes. Additionally, advance planning, through a mediated conversation can help you, when discussing issues related to inheritance planning, care planning and care visitation with care homes in time of Covid-19.
Adversarial, expensive, and lengthy court cases are not for everyone and can prolong disputes, with added stress and cost. Ireland’s Mediation Act 2017, offers a legal framework, encouraging you to try mediation.
Your Peace Essential Mediator, a former practising solicitor, is also a Separating Couples Accredited Mediator, through the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (accredited 2014). Find out more.
Anne-Marie has trained in child focussed practice, trauma informed care, nonviolent communication and restorative approaches. If you are finding that relationship communication is hard, have a look at the training/workshop section offering Practical Conflict Skills and Communicating with Empathy.
The Mediation Stages
1 Establishing the process. This means making introductions, describing the process, ground rules and my role. The Agreement to Mediate, setting out terms and conditions is signed and the mediation is ready to proceed.
2 Defining and clarifying the issues
3 Setting the agenda and prioritising the issues.
4 Exploring issues and option development with focus on interests and needs.
5 Helping you explore and test solutions
6 Recording any agreements in a Mediated Agreement