The fundamental challenge to the mediation movement is it's tendency to drift toward legalistic, coercive, manipulative, and outcome-focused methods. The theory and practice of transformative mediation provide a rationale and corresponding skills that make it easier for it to remain true to the ideal of party self-determination. But non-transformative mediators don't like to hear that. …Continue
Many mediators say that they use a toolbox approach. I'm committed to the transformative approach. I have many conversations with mediators in which they share their preference for using a variety of approaches and where they suggest that all mediators generally have the same goals. A typical such conversation appears here in the latest blog post.