Mediation is a vastly expanding area in the law. Many Courts and Judges encourage, and sometimes mandate, the use of Mediation. When a Judge or Jury decides a case, it is often a win-lose for the parties. In Mediation, or Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), the outcome can often be a win-win for both parties.
Our goal at Florida Mediation Training Center is to have each student complete each course understanding that an effective Meditator is a neutral and impartial third party who will help guide two parties come to an agreement that works for both of them. The process is protected by confidentiality in that any unaccepted offers or discussions during the Mediation process cannot be used against them at a later date, and cannot be divulged to the Judge or jury. ADR places the parties’ destinies in their own hands, and allows Agreements between parties that could not otherwise be ordered by a Judge, with some limitations. The ADR process is less expensive and time consuming, which allow the parties to be less stressed about time and money. Our courses stress and teach the importance of communication, identifying key issues, and making each party comfortable in a non-adversarial environment.
ADR can be more beneficial than traditional judicial litigation. Benefits that are attractive about ADR are that it saves time and money, provides control, and limits stress. Traditional judicial litigation is characterized by a “winner-takes-all” outcome. The structure and practice in traditional judicial litigation is based on a granting a judgment for or against a plaintiff or a defendant. The court setting is also formal and parties must abide by legal norms. The process is public and highly expensive. The court setting also gives the decision power to a third party, a judge or jury. There is the possibility that the judge and jury are not well versed or familiar with the legal matter before them. The lack of expertise or knowledge on the legal matter can highly affect the outcome. The process of going through trial can be very stressful because the structure makes it very lengthy and drawn out. In addition, either party can appeal the result, continuing the litigation and preventing finality.
Mediation is sometimes called “assisted negotiation” because there is a third party helping the parties resolve the issue. Mediation is a negotiation of a dispute with the adversaries using a third party, the mediator, to aid in the process. The mediator is a neutral party who has techniques that will help settle the dispute. The mediator is impartial and is not in favor for either party.
Classes throughout Florida at convenient locations. Five day classes will consist of weekdays and Saturdays where possible to minimize loss of work time and weekend leisure time.
Our courses concentrate on providing our students with a full understanding of mediation in theory and in practice, and teach issues such as diversity and ethics that are vital to conflict resolution.
An interactive environment that will teach you all aspects of Mediation. One important aspect of the class is the stages of Mediation and how important they play a role in the process. We will have several exercises and role playing that will help you understand the process. The role playing process will help our students learn to be creative with the process and think outside the box, which is helpful in Meditation.
Barbara Peterson is extraordinarily bright. May be watching her do a mediation would be helpful.
Anecdotes of professional experiences by Barb Peterson were crucial and key to understanding the material.
She was sensitive and understanding of the diversity in our particular group.