David Corr Consulting
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What is mediation?Mediation is a set of processes for resolving disputes. It is often practised from a legal or paralegal mindset. It is certainly true that some conflicts require a mediator with a deep knowledge of relevant legislation. However, many disputes are far better resolved using a more person-centred approach.
Why resolving disputes isn’t easyIt is my belief and experience that people do not actively set out to create the pain, hostility and distrust that are a feature of so many disputes. Whenever people get into dispute they do so for a good reason. However, these reasons almost always lie beneath the surface. If they are not brought to light no amount of well-intentioned dispute resolution at the surface level can bring about genuine justice for all parties involved. In a dispute, we will generally have a good sense of:
- what we want or don’t want
- what we don’t like/reject about the other parties’ demands.
My approachMy approach is based on the process-oriented psychology of Arnold Mindell and the stunning work of Bruce Ecker, Laurel Hulley and their colleagues. This approach recognises that in any dispute we will hold two positions:
- a conscious position (such as “this is what I am entitled to and I’m not budging unless I have no choice”)
- an unconscious position (that is, what makes it important to hold the conscious position we do)