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Title: Parent Child Mediation
Author(s): G W K Zetzel
Corporate Author: Children's Hearing Project of Cambridge
Family and Children's Service
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 100
Sponsoring Agency: Children's Hearing Project of Cambridge
Cambridge, MA 02139
Massachusetts Dept of Social Services
Boston, MA 02108
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Designed to accompany a training course in parent-child mediation, this manual explains the basics of mediation theory, principles, and skills integrated with information and techniques relevant to family situations.
Abstract: The manual is based on the experiences of the Children's Hearings Project, a demonstration program to test the applicability of mediation to family cases before the Massachusetts courts, particularly those involving status offenders. The first chapter defines mediation within the context of other dispute resolution options and discusses its application to conflicts between parents and children. A description of the mediator's role focuses on its strengths and limitations as well as characteristics vital to effectiveness, such as communication skills, objectivity, and patience. The manual outlines eight stages in the mediation process and explores sequentially-developed themes: setting the stage, defining, processing and resolving the issues, and making the agreement. Suggestions address integrating family members and other parties into a mediation, difficult situations that commonly arise in parent-child mediation, and the role of social services. Forms used in the mediation process are appended, as are 11 references.
Index Term(s): Family counseling; Juvenile status offenders; Massachusetts; Mediation; Mediation training; Model programs
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