Family mediation can be a useful tool for resolving conflict between:
• adult siblings
• parents and their young, pre-teen and teenage children
• parents and children “returning to the nest”
• family members involved in mutual employment/financial arrangements
• couples experiencing conflict
The complex histories, dynamics and emotions that are present can be overwhelming to family members trying to address conflict. The mediator is skilled at facilitating conversations that will be constructive communication rather than deteriorating into unproductive decisions.
Through the mediation process, each family member cultivates an understanding of the other family members along with their needs and concerns. Shared values and interests are identified. Each member develops a sense of individual empowerment through the understanding that his or her concerns have been heard and acknowledged. Family cohesiveness and respect for the views of the other people involved will grow, and methods to develop, resolve or manage future conflict will be established.
Family mediations typically result in the long-term improvement of relationships between the family members.