Family Reconciliation & Intervention Mediation

Friday, February 23 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Session Description:

When people say ‘Family Mediation’ in Texas, we think ‘divorce’ because this training is required in any mediation regarding the parent-child relationship. Did your Family Mediation Training teach you how to reconcile marriages, partnerships, families, resolve generational disputes, create discipline plans for intact, divorced or blended families, etc.? Isn’t mediation more suited to resolution than dissolution? So why is dissolution in family mediation the more common process?

Sharon and her team at Innovative Alternatives, Inc. have created a unique format for mediation called Family Reconciliation Mediation (FRM), and a mental health format called Family Intervention Mediation (FIM) that looks identical in process to FRM, but the role of one of the co-mediators can shift during the mediation to a mental health role (with prior preparation and permission of the clients of course) if a mental health issue is suspected based upon the history, issues or relational/individual symptoms presented either during screening meetings or during the mediation itself. If an undiagnosed mental health issue is present in one or both parties and a treatment plan to address the condition(s)is not negotiated in mediation, we are dooming the agreement to failure because those parties may not have the ability to keep their agreements. It is unethical for mediators to allow people to make agreements they cannot possibly keep. Did you also know that most insurance companies and Employee Assistance Programs will pay for these processes? Well they do. Come learn more about this powerful process for the benefit of many of your clients.