One of the best parts about leading mediation trainings is hearing from past trainees about how the training program has helped them. Recently we received the following unsolicited email:
(Some information has been changed to protect client confidentiality)
This is just a happy FYI...
Last evening, I was working with this lovely young couple in my outpatient office. They were quite distressed with each other, sounding as if their disagreement were 'intractable.'
So then I had this thought..."hey!" thought I, "why don't I wise up and use my divorce mediation skills?" (duh)
(now, to be fair, I have used much if not all that I learned from both my initial MWI training and your specific divorce mediation courses, on a pretty regular basis: but this was a more clear and intentional sort of thing, with an immediate and happy "ending")
Husband and wife had spent a long weekend together,...
By Katie Hyten, MWI Mediator
I participated in the MWI Mediation Training with about twenty other students at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in January 2013. Two days into the training, the ever-patient trainers gave us an opportunity to ask any questions still lingering after the first weekend. I imagine they regretted this very quickly. To their dismay, our trainers had to spend no less than half an hour responding to the same question. It turns out, all twenty of us entered the training firmly believing we were there to solve the conflict for the parties. We asked question after question that reiterated: “But what if I know the best agreement? Can’t I simply tell the parties what to do?”
Over the next half hour, our trainers asked us to consider the idea that, as mediators, we can never know the...
By Chuck Doran and Katie Hyten, MWI Mediators
After trying to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Kerry has been somewhat unceremoniously extricated from the conflict resolution processes. And as Israel pulled back from US mediation efforts in favor of an Egypt-brokered process, Kerry saw his efforts to mediate a settlement fall apart for the second time in as many years. Egyptian-brokered ceasefires have remained largely intact, while Kerry’s involvement has been universally berated.
Barak Ravid at Haaretz declared: “If Kerry did anything on Friday it was to thwart the possibility of reaching a cease-fire in Gaza. Instead of promoting a cease-fire, Kerry pushed it away.” Avi Issacharoff at The Times of Israel noted: “Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan were all in agreement that Kerry’s efforts were...