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Mediation/Facilitation

Mediation:

Mediation is used to help 2 or more people who are involved in a dispute attempt to resolve the dispute. A mediator is a neutral person who assists 2 or more people in attempting to resolve a dispute in an informal, confidential* setting. The role of the mediator is to:

Mediation may consist of one or more sessions. Mediation may lead to total agreement on all issues, partial agreement on the issues, or no agreement at all. However, a mediation may be considered successful even when no agreements are reached if participants leave the mediation with a better understanding of the other participants’ underlying interests in the dispute. Mediations are voluntary for all participants. Mediation is a very good choice for people who want to preserve a relationship even though they are currently having a dispute.

Note: Mediations will not be used in cases where there are sexual misconduct allegations.

Facilitation:

While facilitation may be used with as few as 2 participants it is generally used with larger groups of people. A facilitator is a neutral person who guides a conversation among several participants in an informal, confidential* setting as the participants attempt to resolve a dispute. The role of the facilitator is to:

A facilitated conversation may consist of one or more sessions. It may lead to total agreement on all issues, partial agreement on the issues, or no agreement at all. However, a facilitated conversation may be considered successful even when no agreements are reached if participants leave the meeting with a better understanding of the other participants’ underlying interests in the dispute. Facilitations are voluntary for all participants. Facilitation is a very good choice for groups/organizations that have a dispute that is causing tension within the group/organization.

*The mediator/facilitator will keep the mediation confidential except in the following instances: