New Ways for Mediation Training (DVD)

New Ways for Mediation Training (DVD)

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Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

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This New Ways for Mediation: More Structure, More Skills and Less Stress for Potentially High-Conflict Cases is for professionals who conduct mediations, particularly those who may potentially be high-conflict.

Potentially high-conflict cases benefit from a more tightly-structured and controlled mediation process. This approach emphasizes the role of the mediator as “guide” – much more directive about the process and much less directive about the actual decisions the parties should make. The mediator provides a few simple skills for the parties to repeatedly apply in more actively asking questions, gathering information and making proposals, while the mediator more actively provides education and options for the parties to consider.

Storytelling about past behavior is stopped and discussions of emotional issues are firmly discouraged, based on the belief that these issues are irresolvable for people with potentially high-conflict personalities and simply reinforce their intransigence. However, throughout this process, the mediator demonstrates empathy, respect and neutrality for both parties, despite angry outbursts, surprise events, tears and rigid positions. The intended result is that the parties have less need to defend themselves, work harder at finding solutions, and are more committed to their own decisions.

New Ways for Mediation: More Structure, More Skills and Less Stress for Potentially High-Conflict Cases is available as a:

  • 75-minute training seminar only (1 disc), or
  • 75-minute training seminar plus 3-hour high-conflict mediation demonstration (4-disc set)
    The 3-hour demonstration comes with an index to easily locate specific issues and the handling of controversies. See reviews below.

Video Info

Publication date: 2013
Length: approximately 75 minutes
Discs: 1
Presenter/Author: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.
Seminar ISBN: 978-1-936268-75-7
Seminar + Demo ISBN: 978-1-936268-74-0

Presenter/Author Info

Bill Eddy is a therapist (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and a lawyer (Certified Family Law Specialist), and has been practicing family mediation for approximately 30 years. He is a Founding Board Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center based in San Diego, California.

He is also the author of several books including High Conflict People in Legal Disputes and Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He is the President of the High Conflict Institute, which provides training in the New Ways for Mediation method and other programs for managing high-conflict personalities in many settings.