Mediation is a voluntary process and for it to take place, both parties need to willingly participate. We understand that for many people this will be their only experience of mediation and it is natural to want more information before agreeing to attend a joint meeting.
We also recognise that many people feel uncomfortable at raising the prospect of mediation with the party with whom they are in dispute and initially may have no idea if the other party would be willing to mediate or not.
Mediation Hertfordshire offer a private initial meeting to explain more about how mediation can help and allow both parties to individually raise any concerns or queries that they might have about the process.
After the initial meeting has taken place, parties are contacted and asked if they wish to proceed to a joint meeting. There is no obligation to proceed. Occasionally one party does not want to attend for an initial meeting or after the initial meeting they decide that they do not want to proceed to a joint meeting. Where this happens we are able to offer Conflict Coaching to both parties.
Conflict coaching seeks to provide support to those in conflict at a difficult time in their lives where mediation is not possible.
Unusually two conflict coaching sessions are offered which take place at home or at a neutral venue.
During the conflict coaching sessions techniques for managing the conflict are explored and our mediators can also signpost individuals for specialist support where needed.
If you feel that Conflict Coaching may help you please do get in touch.
What our clients say
“ We found the friendly competence and professionalism of the mediators extremely helpful.”
“ I wish we had gone to mediation four years ago. The process has totally changed our lives for the better.”
“ I felt heard and now really enjoy my job again.”
“I decided not to block the texts from my neighbour but to choose a different appropriate response such as replying ‘thanks for letting me know’. Having experienced Conflict Coaching, I realised that I could choose and control my own reactions.”
“ I am looking forward to mediating at school as it will help people to chill out, calm down and feel like they can trust you.”
“Well presented course. Easy to follow and well paced. Will be of tremendous help with my HR hat on!”