Topics for discussion at RPG range from what steps might have been taken in a specific mediation to the theoretical assumptions of the facilitative model and everything in between. There usually is not a set agenda, though sometimes organizers come with questions around a particular theme or issues that seem to be arising in mediations. For the most part, it is an open, freeform discussion inspired by what participants bring to the table.
Mediators at every level can benefit from attending a RPG. Experienced mediators can discover ways in which, having mediated for a long time, they may be trapped in their own rigidity about how mediation “works” and how it doesn’t. At the same time, less-experienced mediators can learn from the valuable experience of others and can test out some of their own theories about what works and what doesn’t in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
Reflective practice groups are a valuable tool in the mediator’s kit. They help to keep us agile and curious. Join us for a lively discussion of practice and theory every first Wednesday of the month at CCR at 12 noon, 11 E Adams St, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60603. If you can't join us in person, you can also video conference into the RPG. Contact Maia Buess for more information.