Constellation work as empowering intervention tool in conflict mediation
Mediation is one of the best-known and successful conflict resolution methods used in third-party intervention (Mayer, 2006). The underlying concept is to help conflict parties find an agreement and resolution to their disputes. In the advanced field of conflict resolution, other methods and tools have been developed to support individuals resolving conflict peacefully. One of the most innovative techniques of intervention is constellation work (Mayer & Hausner, 2015). This poster presents the research findings of an empirical investigation on constellation work and mediation. The absence of crucial academic research on this topic motivates to explore the potentials of constellation work as a supportive tool in mediation processes. The aim is to generate and explore new empowering intervention tools in conflict mediation processes. This includes the exploration of the theoretical basis of mediation and constellation work by illustrating the main concepts, principles and methods of the described intervention tools. The study is based on a hermeneutical and qualitative research paradigm. Data are collected through expert interviews with mediators in Germany. Data are analyzed through qualitative content analysis (Mayring, 2010). Findings show that constellation work enriches mediation processes with an increase of changes in perspectives of the conflict partners, the introduction of an intra-psychological change process, the deep involvement of cognitive and emotional levels, an increased understanding of self and other, the visualization of system dynamics, new conflict resolution options and relationship structures, new insights into the conflict causes and the bridging of language barriers. Finally constellation work in mediation provides new impulses of intra-psychological development in the context of experienced conflicts. Constellation work in mediation provides a positive and empowering intervention tool to develop individuals and support conflicting partners in conflict resolution. Key words: Conflict mediation, constellation work, counseling, intervention, empowerment Mayer, C.-H. (2006). Trainingshandbuch interkulturelle Mediation und Konfliktlösung. Münster: Waxmann. Mayer, C.-H. & Hausner, S. (2015). Salutogene Aufstellungen. Beiträge zur Gesundheitsförderung in der systemischen Arbeit. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. Mayring, P. (2010). Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse. Grundlagen und Techniken. 11. Auflage. Winheim/Basel: Beltz.