Mediation is one way that people can resolve their conflicts and still maintain or improve the quality of the relationship with the other person. In a family, a business environment, or in small towns, this can be especially important. In a mediation session, you can expect:
- A thorough introduction to the mediation process by trained mediators.
- Ground rules to help keep your communication positive
- Ample time to tell your side of the story, how you feel about it and how you would like to resolve the issues.
- Time to listen to the other parties' side of the story and how they feel about it.
- Participation for building an agenda for items that need resolution.
- Negotiation of each item on the agenda.
- Written settlement agreements that can be used as evidence of a legally binding contract between you.
- Most mediation sessions last 2 to 3 hours. In complex cases, additional session may be scheduled.
Parenting Plan and Parenting Plan Modifications
In the state of Washington parents must have a “Parenting Plan” before a judge will grant a divorce. Complicated paperwork is the last thing parents in conflict want to deal with. Mediators can assist parents with this paperwork while at the same time help them emotionally clean up historical issues, plan for healthy communication in the future and create a game plan for dealing with potential unforeseen hot buttons; i.e. new partners, residential transfers, children's changing needs. It is so vital for children with divorcing parents that their parents move out of the pain of the past and back to fully functioning parents again. When parents can't move on, children suffer in school, in peer relationships and in self esteem. Conflict is expensive.
Families are complex. Well meaning intentions like lending money, sharing responsibilities for elderly members or leaving assets in a Will can, when mixed with high emotion and/or inadequate communication can easily turn into conflict. Well meaning family members may find it hard to confront each other or the issues and so the conflict many times escalates generating huge losses of energy, both physically and emotionally. Conflict is expensive.
Mediation is an effective and efficient process to help resolve employment disputes. A neutral mediator can assist parties in reaching a voluntary, negotiated agreement. Choosing mediation to resolve employment disputes promotes a better work environment, reduces costs and brings satisfaction for both the employer and the employee. According to Halvorson Human Resources, the cost of turnover ranges from approximately 3 months pay for an hourly worker to $145,000 for a hi–tech employee. Conflict is expensive.
Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center provides training in the following areas:
- Advanced Family Mediation Training
- Conflict Resolution Skills
- Communications Skills
- Customized Business Training's
- We're In This Together (WITT) in partnership with Clallam County Juvenile Services
- Victim/Offender Mediation
- Restorative Justice Class