FamilyCraft: The Private Practice of Family & Divorce Mediation

Friday, November 19, 2004

High Conflict the Norm in Private Practice Couples?

It's an all too common misperception that family mediators toil day in and day out with persistently conflicted couples. Of course, we see many, many of these and they create great challenges for us as conflict resolution professionals.

In my experience of 12 years of private practice family mediation, however, this dynamic is more often the exception than the rule, for couples who self-refer to mediation and choose to mediate without attorneys present. Most of these couples may exhibit the anger, anxiety and pettiness of high conflict couples at times during their work together. But commonly, the art and craft of private family mediators is decidedly more focused on creativity in problem solving and expansive imagining, than it is on managing crazy-making.

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