The Value of Conflict Mediation Posted October 22, 2012 in Our articles

October has been designated to highlight the role of Mediation to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution. Mediation is most familiar as a tool to resolve political disputes, divorce and custody arrangements, however, mediation is valuable resource for families experiencing conflict. Officially speaking, mediation is a conversation between disputing parties utilizing the assistance of a neutral person to improve communication and clarity between parties. In a mediation session, the opportunity to hear the opinions of others and to feel that one is being heard often enables conflicting parties to consider the differing opinions, thus causing a shift in perspective. The shift may then allow recognition and responsiveness of another’s feelings or perspective. Consider the option of Conflict Resolution as another tool for enabling shifts in perspective, as well as the possibility of resolving conflict.

Mediation with elders and families may focus on:

  • Ethical Decisions
  • End of Life Issues
  • Care planning
  • Housing and relocation options
  • Financial matters
  • Selling the family home
  • Sibling-based conflict
  • Caregiving