This mediation how-to manual brings together the collective wisdom of two of the field's most renowned founders, John Michael Haynes and Larry Sun Fong. The book not only covers a range of mediation cases, but also uniquely provides feedback from the clients as they reflect on the sessions and report on what worked best for them.
Beginning with a review of the theoretical underpinnings of the Haynes model of mediation, the book then presents six case studies with each demonstrating one or more of the organizing principles of mediation. The sessions examined reflect the different mediation areas currently being practiced—business, employment, neighborhood, adoption, education, and family.
The book goes beyond simply reporting what mediators experience as it shares the insights and motivations of Fong and Haynes. This well-rounded approach includes the exploration of the clients' thoughts, helping readers to incorporate successful organizing principles into their own mediation practices.
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"This book explains the true humanistic nature of mediation: its respect for the individual, and its belief in the individual's ability to reason, understand, and approach a problem with sensitivity and good faith. If one sees mediation as a process through which the mediator helps to induce the participants' enlightened self-interest, then this book will be an invaluable resource in succeeding in that process. This is a superb manual and a worthy tribute both to the work of John Michael Haynes and to the field of mediation." — Diane Legomsky, Brown County Community Mediation Center, Inc.