Everyone has to deal with conflict. Some try to avoid it. Others try to control it. It's doubtful that either will produce the desired results in the long term. The only way to truly resolve conflicts is to work through them. Yes, conflict is a part of everyday life. So, when:
A home, school, business, or church is vandalized
Students harm one another or someone in the community
Inter-office conflicts affect employee productivity
A tenant and landlord disagree
Neighbors argue over care of property, pets, noise, etc.
Parents and school officials disagree about student issues and/or truancy
And a variety of other scenarios...
....Mediation can help. How?
Mediations save time and money.
Unresolved conflict is expensive. Whether it involves employees too distracted to be productive, crimes that require funds to repair damages, or costs associated with Court, such as lawyers and time away from work, mediations save time and money. Most mediations can be completed in a fraction of the time spent on court proceedings and are far less expensive than hiring a lawyer for a lengthy court battle.
Mediations are confidential.
Court proceedings are recorded and can even be open to the public. Mediations are private with the exception of the final agreement that will need to be filed with the Court or Juvenile Office. There are no recordings, and mediators cannot be subpoenaed to testify in Court. The only information we keep will be basic information for statistical purposes.
Participants decide outcomes.
In Court proceedings, lawyers speak for their clients, and judges decide the end results. In mediation, the parties involved are able to speak directly to one another. They're given space to tell their stories, ask questions, and collaboratively decide for themselves what outcomes will best suit their situation. Not only does this give individuals the freedom to communicate, but it gives them a great deal of creative flexibility in decision making. If given the choice, most people would rather have a say in their outcomes as opposed to having a judge decide for them.
Learning new communication skills can make it easier to resolve future conflicts.
Everyone has to deal with conflict. Good communication skills are an essential tool in resolving conflicts effectively. These skills are easy to learn and use. Individuals in the workforce, landlords and tenants, Church members, schools, and communities can all benefit by finding new ways to resolve disagreements using effective communication tools. These learned skills can positively impact almost any situation, improve productivity, and offer a less stressful process.