Articles for Mediators
By Virginia Colin | For mediators, social media provide opportunities to educate the public and talk with colleagues. Sometimes you get free advertising.
By Rachel Birnbaum and Nick Bala | How can mediators and courts give children a safe, useful and cost-efficient way to make their perspectives known when decisions about parenting plans are being made? Some research is available.
By Steve Erickson | We need a way to assess skills and provide credentials for family mediators who are client-centered, non-coercive, and respectful of self-determination. Other approaches masquerading as mediation are confusing the public.
By Larry Gaughan | Ethical Standards of Practice based on definitions of “self-determination” must take into account the full complexity of the issues involved.
By Larry Gaughan | Even during divorce, perhaps the best way to describe our paths through life is that we are each on a spiritual journey. Mediators can help people refocus on their new spiritual journeys through the material world of present family finances and future security.
By Lenard Marlow | Mediators need to make sure that they are not giving legal advice, holding themselves out as lawyers, or practicing law in any manner. Some nevertheless say that it is OK for mediators who are not lawyers to write divorce settlement agreements.
By Lenard Marlow | For family mediation to become recognized as a profession, one path is certification. But should that be rooted in law, in mental health work, or elsewhere?
By Steve Erickson | Mediators, frustrated judges, attorneys, therapists, clergy and the husbands and wives who use the inherently adversarial court system for divorce must band together to create change.
By Bruce D. Clarkin | The pain, fear and anger that accompany divorce are the grist for our mediation process and, as we start the process, we often do now know how the process will be informed by those emotions.
By Bill Eddy | Which is more likely to cause harm to individuals or families: letting them choose a mediator who is not an attorney to write their parenting plans and divorce agreements, or insisting that divorce agreements must be written by lawyers whose job is to act as zealous advocates for their clients?
By Ada Hasloescher | I’ve learned a few things through years of networking and of watching people dispense business cards a hundred different ways. I’ve seen it done elegantly, and I’ve seen it done not so elegantly. In fact, one time…
By Chip Rose, J.D. | For our professional purposes, the term “neutral” is ambiguous at best and misleading at worst. The ambiguity flows out of the subjective nature of the term in the context of relationship negotiation in the same way that the term “fair” is completely subjective.
You may have interest in prior editions of APFM’s newsletter, The Professional Family Mediator.