For clients involved in high-stakes disputes, Mediation Plymouth is an essential tool.

I was brought up to recognise the benefits of family mediators working together to share their various professional experiences for the benefit of clients, and as a result, I have always been a champion of Mediation Plymouth. Because of this, a skilled family lawyer and a skilled couple therapist working together (in their position as mediators) would be able to assist clients with “uncoupling” on an emotional, material, and practical level, regardless of the amount of tension that existed between them. It is said that “a problem shared is a problem halved,” and the combined expertise of the mediators would give not only continued learning but also mutual appreciation, making it possible for them to complete the case stress-free and reduce the number of complaints received.

Regrettably, this “Rolls Royce” type of Mediation Plymouth became extinct at the turn of the century due to the fact that individuals who practised Mediation Plymouth that was financed by Legal Aid were strongly discouraged from continuing this practise during audits. It was thought that a LAA contracted service would need to produce detailed proof explaining why co-mediation was warranted against a very tightly defined set of criteria, or else they would be subject to face financial ‘claw-backs.’ This caused suppliers to feel threatened, and they quickly distanced themselves from the category as a result. Those who worked in the private sector were the ones who realised they might reap financial benefits from acting as a sole mediator and would have less logistical arrangements to deal with as a result. This, in turn, appealed to a cost-conscious audience that would question why two mediators were necessary and would consistently concentrate on price rather than value.

The field of Mediation Plymouth has been under increased strain over the past several decades as a result of an increase in the number of cases involving high levels of conflict and increased expectations put on mediators. Mediators, both rookie and experienced, are increasingly likely to emphasise the word “stress” in their discussions. This may be highly toxic and results from exposure to high levels of conflict over an extended period of time. A dispute like this may seep into a person’s mentality almost unnoticeably, similar to the way osmosis does in chemistry. When many mediators finally begin to voice their personal concerns, it is usually a sign that they are getting close to reaching their point of no return.

The strong emotional and professional strain can be alleviated to some degree by working alongside coworkers, which in turn can free up more mental space for creative endeavours.

Models of co-Mediation Plymouth include the following:

  • Mediator with less experience: The less experienced mediator can gain knowledge by seeing how an experienced mediator works, and they may be given well specified duties to do.
  • Mediator with a specialist mediator: The case mediator may call in a mediator who is an expert in children‘s concerns (such as a child inclusive mediator) or in complex financial affairs to assist with the Mediation Plymouth process.
  • Mediator who works in conjunction with a mediator who specialises in building communication The case mediator could require the assistance of a mediator who specialises in developing communication and who might be more provocative and interventionist. During the sessions, the mediators may speak freely with each other in front of the clients their views and opinions. This can serve as a good modelling exercise for the clients who are listening in on the conversation.
  • Mediator with a “watch and catch” mediator: In this scenario, the mediator may need a colleague to assist “bail them out” and/or observe the dynamics and offer feedback as appropriate. In other words, the mediator may require a “watch and catch” mediator. Simply being in the company of another person might provide a sense of security in some situations.
  • Mediator with a practical assistant mediator: In situations when prescribed activities, such as note taking and diagram construction, need to be completed in order to allow the case mediator to concentrate on the dialogues, this type of mediator is used.

Mediator who works alongside another mediator to ensure gender parity among the parties involved: Important in situations when concerns of control and abuse are brought up during the examination.
In every situation involving co-Mediation Plymouth, it is absolutely necessary for the mediators to have a crystal clear understanding of their agreed-upon roles and responsibilities, as well as the signals for interventions, breaks, and timeframes. It is essential for them to allot appropriate time to brief and de-brief each other, to communicate openly with one another, to cultivate constructive criticism, and ultimately, mutual trust.

In general, I am of the opinion that there is a significant amount of room for improvement in the field of co-mediation, particularly in light of the present environment, and this would be to the advantage of both mediators and their clients. In a future blog post, I will focus on how effective co-mediation can help mediators understand the unconscious dynamics of clients in the Mediation Plymouth room, and how this can, in turn, assist those clients in reaching an agreement in a real estate and finance dispute. This will be demonstrated through the provision of a case example.

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