Mediation

"Conflict is the beginning of consciousness "

M. Esther Harding 

            Human interaction will always generate conflicts because it is a dynamic process in need of growth, change, solutions, transitions and upgrading. Conflicts can be a regular part of our everyday life. It might sound scary but in reality it is not as bad as we think . The most innovative solutions often arise out of conflict.    

            Mediation helps people get what they need, whether it’s peace and quiet, family unity, a financial settlement, or just a chance to be heard. Our certified mediators are professionally trained and committed to promoting peace in our communities.      

Types of Disputes Handled by Mediation
 

  •     Family & Parenting ( Parenting Plans, Custody, Visitation and/or Child Support,Parenting Issues such as Discipline, Truancy)

  •     Housing & Neighbors (Landlord/Tenant, Neighbors Disputes)

  •     School & Youth (School Conflicts – Student to Student Conflicts, Special Education Mediation, Harassment)

  •     Working & Business (Co-worker Disputes,)

  •     Civil Matters – Debt, Personal and Business

  •     Breach of Contracts

  •     Property Disputes

           If you think you could benefit from one-on-one interaction and partnership  with us please ask for a price quotation      

           All programs are offered in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Romanian language. 

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We learn to be Open Minded


In hearing another person’s perception it helps to mold and clarify our own; either making us more clear and committed to our original position, or the conflict will open our eyes to new perspectives on our ideas. Conflict is an effective vehicle for the generation of new solutions, gaining trust and developing deeper agreements




We lern to define and express What We Want


Most people do not get what they want because they do not say what they want. Conflict provides an opportunity to verbalize our needs to get them met. Conflict, confrontation and/or speaking up makes us more resilient and less fearful when asking for what is needed.




We learn to be Flexible


If we are in conflict we are not only going to have others adjusting to us and our perspectives, but we will also be adjusting to others and their perspectives. Humility and openness are two admirable qualities to come from conflict. We have to discipline ourselves to not always have to be right. If we need to be right we make another wrong, and we come to be viewed as disagreeable, controlling, fragile and egotistical




We learn to Listen


The key to any successful conflict resolution is the ability to listen.To truly listen to someone, listening must be active, not passive.It takes being able to put ourselves and our thoughts to the side so we can fully take another perspective in.




Reinvention and innovation process


Conflict is the backdoor to reinvention and innovation.Change is hard. It creates discomfort and we naturally want to hang on to what once worked even when it’s clearly outdated and in need of upgrading.




We lern how and when to set limits and bounders


People need to know where we start and they stop. Conflict is the perfect place to set limits and make new agreements which fall in line with the respect and integrity of all involved.
As we communicate needs and boundaries we allow others to learn a great deal about us and how we work. We also learn a lot about ourselves, making us that much more successful. Conflict teaches us when to back off and when to activate for ourselves by asking someone else to back off.




We learn to tell people Who We Are


Conflict provides us the opportunity to put a true representation of ourselves out in the world. Speaking the truth about ourselves in the midst of disagreement is the foundation of emotional health and successful communication. When we speak the truth about who we are and what we believe, everyone in the conversation will absorb and respond to our information. This allows others to adjust. These adjustments are the successes to come from conflict.





 

Family & Parenting Mediation 

For those things we can't take to Court

"The goal of resolving a conflict in a relationship is not victory or defeat. It's reaching understanding and letting go our need to be right. "  Larry James

Co-Parenting Mediation

If you have a disagreement about visitation, custody or child support, co-parenting mediation helps to separate parents to take control of their lives and make joint decisions about their children’s future.

Child Support Mediation

Children benefit from a stable and resilient relationship between their parents. Mediation offers a way for both parents to consider their individual needs and the needs of their children, while still being consistent with legal standards.

Parent/Teen Mediation

Mediation helps parents and teens ease tension in the home. We mediate issues like behavior, communication, curfew, and drug/alcohol use while maintaining confidentiality. Mediation supports families to sort things out.

Couples Mediation

Work out your differences if you’re in a couple. A trained mediator can help make difficult conversations easier. Couples mediation improves communication, rebuilds trust, and provides an opportunity to come up with solutions.

Eldercare Mediation

When an elder loved one requires a higher level of care, families come together to make decisions and prepare for a period of life transition. While difficult for any family, this can be especially challenging when there’s a history of conflict between family members. Emotions can be high, there might be concerns about strained financial resources, and the grieving process may be starting to take hold. Mediation offers a structured dispute resolution option that can be effective in supporting families during this critical time for issues such as health and medical care, finances, and living arrangements.

Housing & Neighbor   

We can choose our friends, we can choose or enemies, but we can't choose our neighbors

Do you have a housing or neighbor issue?

Noise   

Pets   

Eviction   

Back-rent   

Shared Driveways   

Security Deposits   

Repairs   

Neighbor Boundaries and more

Mediation offers a chance for landlords, property managers and tenants to meet face-to-face and find creative solutions to a variety of disagreements.

After you request mediation, we will reach out to the other party and schedule a mutually convenient date and time to meet.

If the other party won’t meet, or if you’re not ready for mediation, try Conflict Coaching. You will meet with a skilled conflict resolution professional to help you manage conflict more effectively. Contact us directly to setup a Conflict Coaching session with one of our specially trained coaches.
We mediate a range of housing and neighbor issues including:

  

 

School & Youth  mediation 

We can choose our friends, we can choose or enemies, but we can't choose our neighbors

"The goal of resolving a conflict in a relationship is not victory or defeat. It's reaching understanding and letting go our need to be right. "  Larry James

School issues

Request mediation to discuss your child’s services, evaluations, classification, and behavior supports. Mediation is also a safe space to address related issues, like communication and trust. Our mediators support both parents and schools to address their differences and come up with creative solutions.

We will contact the parties to arrange a mediation session at a date and time convenient to all.

Restorative justice

(RJ) is a more effective approach to discipline than detention or suspension. RJ includes everyone affected by or involved in a school incident. It offers an opportunity for the impact of the incident to be discussed, for the students at fault to take responsibility and make amends, and for anyone harmed to have a voice in how to make things right. Contact us to request assistance with a school-related incident. We will coordinate with the school to arrange their participation along with others involved.

 

Workplace & Business  mediation 

We can choose our friends, we can choose or enemies, but we can't choose our colleques

"The goal of resolving a conflict in a relationship is not victory or defeat. It's reaching understanding and letting go our need to be right. "  Larry James

ORGANIZATIONAL CONFLICT CONSULTING

We provide a suite of conflict resolution services for workplaces and business. We mediate disputes between colleagues and among teams. Organizational Conflict Consulting tailors a custom process to meet your organization’s unique needs. This could involve environmental scans and initial diagnostics; stakeholder interviews; one-on-one conflict coaching; multi-party mediation; or group work.

WORKPLACE MEDIATION

Mediation includes working with teams, groups, or as few as two disputing colleagues. We walk your staff through a facilitated process that addresses their differences and charts ways for team members to work together. Our certified mediators provide structure and guidance throughout the discussion. Mediators ‘hold the space’ for frankness and conflicting views. We help your team think creatively and make decisions so they can get unstuck and move forward.

WORKPLACE CONFLICT COACHING

Workplace Conflict Coaching helps your staff gain perspective and develop strategies when addressing a workplace dispute. Through a confidential, one-on-one meeting, your staff can speak freely and get at core issues. Coaches map-out various ways to address almost any workplace difference and help staff approach a conflict with a plan