Mediation

RMC Mediation Philosophy

RMC subscribes to the philosophy that mediation is an opportunity to transform conflict from an unproductive and disruptive experience to an effective exchange that fosters forward movement. In spite of the complexities of conflict, mediation is a proactive choice that can positively impact your environment and circumstances.

 

What makes a successful mediation? A successful mediation is one that honors integrity of the mediation process. Mediation creates a win-win opportunity when mediators remain neutral, parties are safe and present good faith effort, and when the needs brought to the room are addressed. Successful mediation allows for deeper understanding as well as clear, respectful, and negotiated agreement and disagreement.

 

RMC supports parties into effective movement through conflict and difficult discussions.

About Mediators & Mediation

Mediators are trained to identify core issues, communication errors, non verbal communication, and how they each intersect with or cause conflict. Mediators are trained neutral professionals. Their role is to help facilitate discussion between parties and to help them through difficult substance and impasse.

 

When people are given the opportunity to hear one another through deeper listening, the chance for lasting agreement increases significantly.

 

Participants decide their own outcomes and agreements in mediation. If parties reach agreement, mediators help memorialize terms into a written agreement. Another mediator role is to ensure balance and safety throughout discussions and negotiations, making certain that each person has equal opportunity to discuss their needs and ideas. Regardless of the outcome, participants are empowered to make more informed decisions about forward movement. Mediation is not a legal process but is often used to resolve issues that could lead to court when unresolved.

How it’s used

  • As a professional resource by families, organizations, and communities to manage conflict

  • Deepens mutual understanding and creates opportunities to make more informed decisions

  • Tool to re-open closed or broken communication channels

  • To generate dialogue and deeper listening

  • As a proactive tool in families and workplace environments.

What is a trained Neutral Professional?

Mediators are trained to be neutral third parties in negotiation processes. Although a mediator must understand and guide the process, they are not a party to the negotiations. In essence, while guiding the process, mediators are trained to refrain from opinions of who is right or wrong and to focus on helping parties uncover their core issues, needs, and blocks.

Neutral professionals have no vested interest in the outcome of the mediation. Instead, neutral professionals help parties understand their own interests and objectives as well as those of the other party.

  • Self-determined outcomes

  • Improved communication

  • Long lasting results

  • Less time and cost

Benefits of Mediation

  • Avoidance of litigation

  • The opportunity to be creative

  • Win-win process

  • Increased information exchange

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