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50 Ways to Break a Mediation Impasse: Tricks, Tips, Traps and Tools


Just like it sounds with information on psychological traps, ethics, and decision-making during impasse.


Integrating Mediator Skills Into Public Policy Disputes


Topics explored include: A) How can a mediator help polarized stakeholders in a non-legal setting navigate the political intersection of logic and emotion? B) When is a mediator better suited than a facilitator for pre-judicial, upstream disputes? C) How do you mediate when everyone is watching? D) Practical tools to open the “black boxes” technical experts bring to the table. E) Can elected officials be “managed” in a public process? F) Expanding your practice to pre-litigation matters. G) Practical nuts and bolts impasse-breaking tools.


Advanced Mediator Topics: Mix and Match Presentations on One or More of the Following Topics


  1. Mediator Practice Models:  The Intersection of Ethics and Stylistic Practices in Mediation
  2. If Freud, Jung, Rogers and Beck Were Mediators, Who Would the Parties Pick and What Are the Mediator's Obligation
  3. Why Does Anyone Mediate if Mediation Risks Psychological Dissatisfaction, Extra Costs and Manipulation? Three Theories Reveal Paradoxes Resolved by Mediator Standards of Ethical Practice
  4. Veils and Cloaks of Ignorance: Under-used Tools for Conflict Resolution
  5. Ironically, Bush and Folger are Evaluative
  6. Facilitating a Public Policy Issue
  7. What if Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Reacted to Simon & Rhoades on Imperati on Bush and Folger!


Explored the ethical issues and practical questions surrounding the competing mediation models. Who “owns” mediation? Even if mediation participants are familiar with these options, that familiarity in and of itself, will not help them predict the mediator’s approach.

What are the differences between the approaches at the macro and micro levels? Do they matter? In the real world, each party desires the mediator to be “facilitative” with them and “evaluative” of the other side’s position. To resolve this dilemma, a mediator must explain the process of mediation in such a way as to conform the parties’ expectations to the selected mediation model. Learn practical tools to provide the best combination of approaches for the particular parties at the table.

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