CCR’s recently established Reflective Practice Group (RPG) grew out of a desire to provide a space for deep reflection on the practice and theory of mediation. The group is open to any mediator whether they are a volunteer with CCR or in private practice. RPG consists of mediator peers non-judgmentally exploring the assumptions and motivations that underlie the interventions mediators make during mediations. Rather than Monday morning quarterbacking the choices a mediator made during a particular mediation, we discuss in depth what led the mediator to take a particular course of action and whether there were conscious or unconscious assumptions and motivations at play for the mediator that may have impeded or curtailed progress in the mediation. Participants also discuss best practices, mediator ethics, and mediator tools.
There are many tools in the mediator’s toolbox, and the process would not work but for any number of them, including neutrality, non-judgment, active listening, … the list goes on. One of the defining characteristics of mediation is confidentiality. Confidentiality helps provide a space where parties feel comfortable sharing intimate details that one would not, under normal circumstances, confide in a stranger.
Frank D. Hill is a volunteer with CCR. In addition to this blog, Frank helps manage CCR's social media presence.