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"I have been so impressed with this entire process that I wish we could have mediations on a regular basis with many of our teachers, parents and students."
Carla Chamblee, Counselor

Mediation is a process that turns problems into solutions, solutions into action and action into progress. And in the words of Albert Einstein "You cannot solve a problem in the same level that it was created. You must rise above it to the next level."

Besides creating a settlement benefiting both parties, mediation is a positive approach to working things out, giving each party the opportunity to rise above their differences to a level of understanding and growth that puts relationships first.

1. soothes strained relationships and enhances future interaction
2. gives individuals control and satisfaction over their outcomes
3. saves time and money
4. gives each party an equal voice
5. is confidential
6. avoids costly litigation
7. creates understanding and peace

There are many ways to resolve conflicts. You can give in, run away, overpower your opponent, be violent, file a lawsuit, or find away to work it out. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), also referred to as conflict resolution, offers options of working it out other than using violence or going to court. ADR refers to a wide range of processes that encourage nonviolent dispute resolution outside of the traditional court system. Common benefits of conflict resolution include:

Negotiation: a discussion among two or more people with the goal of reaching an agreement.

Mediation: a voluntary and confidential process in which a neutral third-party facilitator helps people discuss difficult issues and negotiates an agreement. The basic steps in the process include, gathering information, developing options, negotiating, and formulating agreements. Parties in mediation create their own solutions with the help of the mediator. The mediator does not have any decision-making power over the outcome.

Arbitration: a process in which a neutral third-party, after reviewing evidence and listening to arguments from both sides, renders a decision to settle the case. Arbitration is often used in commercial and labor/management disputes.

Mediation-Arbitration: a combination of both mediation and arbitration. Prior to the session, the disputing parties agree to try mediation first, but give the neutral third party the authority to make a decision if mediation is not successful.

Community Conferencing: a structured conversation involving all members of a community (offenders, victims, family, friends, etc.) who have been affected by a dispute or a crime. Using a script, the facilitator invites people to express how they were affected and how they wish to address and repair the harm that resulted.

Collaborative Law: a process for solving disputes in which the attorneys commit to reaching a settlement without using litigation.

Negotiated Rulemaking: a collaborative process in which government agencies seek input from a variety of stakeholders before issuing a new rule.

Peer Mediation: refers to a process in which students act as mediators to help resolve disputes among their peers. The student mediators are trained and supervised by a teacher or other adult. The students learn to resolve their differences without violence and they become empowered through their choices.

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