Pre-Mediation Coaching Workbook

Pre-Mediation Coaching Workbook

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New Ways for Families®: Pre-Mediation Coaching Workbook

This New Ways for Families® Pre-Mediation Coaching Workbook is designed for parents to use with a coach (lawyers, counselors or mediators) in before mediation.

If you’re preparing for a mediation to solve any type of problem, one or two sessions with a coach before the mediation can help you stay calm, make reasonable proposals and make decisions that can last. Your coach, using the Coaching Manual, can help you practice 4 key skills in advance that can help you accomplish these goals during the mediation process. Your coach can be your lawyer, a counselor, the mediator who is providing the mediation or a mediation staff person.

This workbook gives you some important points about mediation and 4 key skills you can discuss and practice with your coach before your mediation – or any out-of-court decision-making process.

This workbook was designed for parents dealing with separation and divorce using principles from the New Ways for Families® method. However, it can be used with any client before any mediation, even if there are no children or family issues.

This model is particularly beneficial for potentially high-conflict parents who would benefit from learning the skills prior to mediation, but do not require intensive counseling. Learning the skills prior to mediation should make for a more effective mediation process.

Workbook Info

Publication date: 2013
Pages: 44
Binding: stapled booklet
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Author: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.
ISBN: 978-1-936268-57-3

Author Info

Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.

As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including:

High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
It’s All YOUR Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The CARS Method®, BIFF Response®, New Ways for Families®, New Ways for Work℠, New Ways for Mediation℠ and EAR Statement℠ are trademarks or service marks of William A. Eddy d/b/a High Conflict Institute. All rights reserved.

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