Family mediation - negotiation between conflicting parties involving a neutral mediator aimed to find a solution that meets interests and is acceptable to all parties of the family dispute. For more information see the video below.
Family mediation is effective due to its basic principles:
PRINCIPLE OF VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION
Participants in family mediation voluntarily begin the process of mediation and can at any time withdraw from mediation if they feel uncomfortable or not safe in the process or if mediation does not meet the needs of the participants.The mediator voluntarily enters into each process, and, like the parties, may leave it, for example, if the mediator understands that he or she may not be useful in this case.
What is this principle for?
Voluntary participation provides the parties with an understanding that participation in family mediation is their choice.This helps ensure that the parties take responsibility for the results of the process. This is their conscious decision - to agree and get the opportunity for further non-conflict communication.
PRINCIPLE OF NEUTRALITY
The mediator remains neutral and impartial throughout the process.
What does it mean?
The mediator is interested in resolving the conflict, while his work is aimed at creating the same conditions for all parties, for the opportunity to speak and be heard. The mediator maintains a balance of power. The mediator tries to understand each side and helps to do so to other parties of the conflict.
The principle of neutrality is one of the most important factors in successful mediation.
PRINCIPLE OF CONFIDENTIALITY:
Information obtained during family mediation is not disclosed and can not be used without the consent of all participants in family mediation.
Why is this important?
1) To create a safe place to communicate.
2) For complete clarification of all circumstances for all parties to create a full picture of the conflict situation for all participants
3) To enable each participant to be frank in communicating his or her values and needs, and therefore make it possible to find the optimal solution for all.
Mediators, in this case, are subject to double confidentiality.
- In relation to the outside world
- In relation to the participants in the process
VOLUNTARY - imposes responsibility for the result of the process, which is an additional motivation for finding a common solution.
NEUTRALITY - separates the mediator from the parties and helps to keep power balance.
CONFIDENTIALITY - Creates a secure space for communication and sharing solutions.