Nut And Bolts Of Child Custody Mediation

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Nut And Bolts Of Child Custody Mediation

  1. 1. Nuts and Bolts of Child Custody Mediation 2007 Family Dispute Resolution Statewide Educational Institute April 19 – 20, 2007 Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport Presented By: John K. Johnson, M.Phil-DPS
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>1. Learn about different mediation styles and techniques regardless of particular models from working professionals; </li></ul><ul><li>2. Group discussion of the various mediation processes to better understand how mediation is conducted; </li></ul><ul><li>3. Discussion on issues relating to: Parent Education/Orientation Classes, Bias, and how to maintaining the focus on resolving conflicts and best interests of children. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Discussion Topics <ul><li>Discussion topics will include the roles of mediators; styles of mediation (i.e. Facilitative, Evaluative, Transformative, etc…), bias, parent education (Orientation Classes) and agreements, and maintaining the focus on children. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Basically, we will take the “engine” apart to see how it works, and why. Written materials on this topic will be made available to workshop participants. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Food for Thought <ul><li>How do you begin mediation? What’s your intro? </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation/Parent Education Classes: What do you do? Do you notice a change in your client’s outcomes if they attended orientation with you? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you look for during Mediation? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Food for Thought <ul><li>What techniques do you find are most effective, and when? (Modality) </li></ul><ul><li>What do you believe is the most important aspect in mediation? </li></ul><ul><li>Shifts in the mediation process: What works? What just happened? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you facilitate change? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Food for Thought <ul><li>How to you keep child focused and not become part of the conflict? Hinder vs. Help </li></ul><ul><li>How do you facilitate change? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you recommend services for clients (i.e.…counseling, anger management…)? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Food for Thought <ul><li>Biases. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the harshest thing you said to a client? Why did you say it? Did it work? </li></ul><ul><li>Case management: Can you see the people in 3, 6, or 9 months? How do you handle temp agreements? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you recommend services to clients? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Food for Thought <ul><li>Do you notice overall patterns in cases that result in agreements? Is it the people, mediator, or is it both/neither? </li></ul><ul><li>Separate session: Are they realistic? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>We would like to thank you for participating in the interactive group. We hope you have learned useful tools and techniques that you can take back and implement in your mediation cases. </li></ul>

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