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NCJ Number: 98040 Find in a Library
Title: Mediation Standards - An Ethical Safety Net
Journal: Mediation Quarterly  Issue:4  Dated:(June 1984)  Pages:5-17
Author(s): T A Bishop
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: If divorce mediation is to endure as a vehicle of conflict resolution for the divorcing population, then its adherents have a responsibility to create and employ standards that function as internal safety mechanisms.
Abstract: For mediation participants, the dissemination of standards can serve as a road map to mediator behavior while also describing the process. In mediation, the mediator is both teacher and facilitator. Standards should mirror these responsibilities. Standards must address such issues as the need for an orientation session, the provision of information, legal representation of the participants, mediator impartiality, and confidentiality. While no one yet has sufficient knowledge to delineate the ethical boundaries of the mediation process, standards can provide a focal point for discussion and clarification. Standards of practice for family mediators are appended to serve as guidelines and provide a safety net for consumers. These standards cover the definition, process, and costs of mediation; mediator impartiality; confidentiality; provision of information; advice on legal review; and grounds for termination or suspension of mediation.
Index Term(s): Divorce mediation; Mediation; Professional conduct and ethics; Standards
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