Mediator Training Clip4-Mediator & Party Reflections

Mediator Training Clip4-Mediator & Party Reflections demo Clip 4. The audio-visual series, «An Interest-based Mediation…,» demonstrates and explains the problem-solving, facilitative mediation process. The series includes three DVDs, a Student Handbook, a Teacher’s Manual, and other teaching materials. It is used in mediator training programs, law school dispute resolution courses, and continuing education classes. Clip 4 of four posted clips shows Mediator and Party Reflecting about Relationship, Detachment and Investment, and Closure.

This workplace conflict involves an employment discharge allegedly based on disability. The mediator, Andrew Kidde, J.D., must address both inter-personal and practical issues. The mediator demonstrates skilled interventions designed to diffuse conflict, restore relationships, break impasse, and reach resolution. In these pre- and post-mediation interviews, the mediator and the parties also reflect on the process.

The dispute is realistically portrayed, though parties and dispute are fictional. The 92-min. DVD can be shown in one sitting or its separate chapters assigned as students study each stage of the process. The Teacher’s Manual includes class exercises and elaborates on many topics, such as how this style of mediation is relevant to shuttle negotiation.

Other DVDs in the series are a full 3-hour mediation and «Stop Action! What Would YOU Do?,» which generates lively class debate with questions posed at critical decision points in the mediation. Produced by Seattle University Law Professor Melinda J. Branscomb, J.D. and Sue Ann Allen, Training Director, Dispute Resolution Center of King County. Teacher discounts available for community mediation centers and school and university classroom use. See more details and purchase at

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