1st Edition

The Mediation Handbook Research, theory, and practice

Edited By Alexia Georgakopoulos Copyright 2017
    450 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    450 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Mediation gathers leading experts across fields related to peace, justice, human rights, and conflict resolution to explore ways that mediation can be applied to a range of spectrums, including new age settings, relationships, organizations, institutions, communities, environmental conflicts, and intercultural and international conflicts. The text is informed by cogent theory, state-of-the-art research, and best practices to provide the reader with a well-rounded understanding of mediation practice in contemporary times.

    Based on four signature themes—contexts; skills and competencies; applications; and recommendations—the handbook provides theoretical, applicable, and practical insight into a variety of key approaches to mediation. Authors consider modern conflict on a local and global scale, emphasizing the importance of identifying effective strategies, foundations, and methods to shape the nature of a mediation mindfully and effectively. With a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, the text complements the development of the reader’s competencies and understanding of mediation in order to contribute to the advancement of the mediation field.

    With a conversational tone that will welcome readers, this comprehensive book is essential reading for students and professionals wanting to learn a wide range of potential interventions for conflict.

             Introduction: Revealing the World of Mediation

             Alexia Georgakopoulos

             Part I: Promoting Dynamic Mediation in the New Age

    1. Mediation Career Trends through Time: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges
    2. Craig Zelizer & Colleen Chiochetti

    3. Online Technology: The New Frontier for Mediation and Conflict Engagement
    4. Daniel Rainey & Alan Tidwell

    5. Story-Based Inter-Group Mediation
    6. Jessica Senehi

    7. The Intersection of Improv and Mediation
    8. Farshad Farahat, Charles Goesel & Alexia Georgakopoulos

    9. Value-Centered Mediation: The Centrality and Use of Meaning and Values
      Mark Kleiman
    10. Electronic Mediation
    11. Daniel Druckman & Sabine T. Koeszegi

    12. Mediation and Spirituality
    13. Zena D. Zumeta

      Part II: Mediating in Relational Settings

    14. Transformative Mediation: Illustrating a Relational View of Conflict Intervention
      Joseph P. Folger & Dan Simon
    15. Narrative Mediation of Family Conflict
    16. John Winslade

    17. Victim-Offender Mediation: A Humanistic Approach
    18. Mark Umbreit & Toran Hansen

    19. Brain Science Behind Mediating Relational Conflicts
    20. Thomas DiGrazia

    21. Mindfulness in Mediation as a Relational Practice
    22. Ran Kuttner

    23. Mediation and Collaboration with Multiple Disciplines: The Implementation of Systemic Theory in Alternative Dispute Resolution
    24. Tommie Boyd & Randy Heller

    25. Dynamic Mediation: Integrating Forgiveness
    26. John Zivojinovic

      Part III: Mediating in Organizational and Institutional Settings

    27. Mediation Within and Between Organizations
    28. Christopher Moore

    29. Organizational Conflict Management Systems: The Emergence of Mediators as Conflict Resolution Professionals
    30. Alexia Georgakopoulos, Harold Coleman, Jr. & Rebecca Storrow

    31. Effectiveness of Mediation in the State Agency Grievance Process
    32. Jessica Katz Jameson, RaJade M. Berry-James, Dennis M. Daley & Jerrell D. Coggburn

    33. Mediation and Dispute Resolution Services in Higher Education
    34. Neil H. Katz

    35. Mediation as a Tool for Resolvng Workplace Conflicts
    36. LaVena Wilkin

    37. Health Care Mediation: Promoting Workplace Collaboration and Patient Safety
    38. Robin Cooper

    39. Institutional Mediation and Access to Justice in the State Court System of the United States
    40. Rebecca Storrow

      Part IV: Mediating in Community Settings

    41. Promoting Peaceful Communities: The Challenges and Benefits of Community-Police Mediation
    42. Evan Hoffman

    43. The Prison of Peace Project: A Model for Community Transformation
    44. Douglas E. Noll

    45. Sustaining Peer Mediation: Remaining Challenges and Opportunities for Peace Educators
    46. Cheryl Duckworth

    47. Encouraging Effectiveness through Communication Competence in Community Mediation
    48. Brian L. Heisterkamp

    49. The Space of Conflict: Aesthetic Lessons for Mediators
    50. Dorit Cypis

    51. From Peers to Parents: Transferring Peer Mediation Skills from School to Family
    52. Vitus Ozoke

      Part V: Mediating within Environmental Settings

    53. Conflict, Climate Change, and Environmental Catastrophe: How Mediators Can Help Save the Planet
    54. Kenneth Cloke

    55. Mediators as Leaders in Climate Change: The Power of Neutrality
    56. Thomas Fiutak

    57. The Role of Mediation in Large-Scale Collaborative Initiatives
    58. Marcelle E. DuPraw

    59. Mediation at the Nexus of Climate Change and Conflict
    60. Oliver Leighton Barrett

    61. The Public Sector as Mediator: The Role of Public Institutions in Environmental Collaborations and Conflict Resolution
    62. William Hall & Michael Kern

      Part VI: Mediating in International and Intercultural Settings

    63. Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Mediating Beyond Borders and Integrated Global Capacity Building
    64. Kenneth Cloke

    65. International Multiparty Mediation
    66. Siniša Vuković

    67. Exploring International Mediation: Past, Present and Beyond
    68. Lynn Cole

    69. Culture, Religion, and Politics in International Mediation
    70. Mohammed Abu-Nimer & Timothy Seidel

    71. International Mediation: Some Observations and Reflections
    72. Sean Byrne

    73. Success and Failure of International Mediation: Examining Causes and Conditions that Impede or Assist Process Success
    74. Brian Polkinghorn, Anthony Yost & Matt Swiderski

    75. Mediation and the Challenge of Fostering Reconciliation in Ethno-Political Disputes: The Case of Guyana
    76. Perry Mars, Frederic Pearson & Marie Olson-Lounsbery

    77. Mediating in the Shadow of Conflict: United States Special Operations Forces in Unconventional Warfare
    78. Christian Ramthun, Raffi Mnatzakanian & Patrick James Christian

    79. Religion and Mediation: Strange Bedfellows or Natural Allies?
    80. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

    81. Mediating Peacebuilding in Protracted Conflicts: An Interactive Design Framework

              Benjamin Broome

              Conclusion: The Future of Mediation in a Changing World

              George A. Lopez


    Alexia Georgakopoulos is a Professor in the Department of Conflict Studies at Nova Southeastern University, USA. She is the Director of the Institute of Conflict Resolution and Communication, a mediation and conflict resolution training and consulting firm specializing in delivering educational training and mediation certification to professionals. A world-class scholar and practitioner in mediation with numerous articles, book chapters, and speaking engagements, she was featured on NBC’s Today Show to discuss peace in the diverse world.

    "Mediation has burst its banks and spilled over into many fields. It is no longer a meandering stream or a quiet backwater. It has left behind romantic beginnings and entered many new waterways. Read this book and be carried along in the surge."

    John Winslade, California State University—San Bernardino, USA

    "In The Mediation Handbook, we have a wonderful new resource that provides insight from some of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners in the mediation world. Drawing on the best lessons of the past and a broad vision of the demands of the future, the handbook offers a wide range of practical approaches for deepening and extending the reach of mediation in the twenty-first century."

    Bernie Mayer, Creighton University, Canada