The Mediators at MOT are unique in that we offer co-mediation services and otherwise customize our approach to satisfy our client’s needs and promote an environment of neutrality and collaboration.
- Co-mediation is a mediation involving multiple mediators, usually two. The mediators work as a team to assist the parties in resolving their conflict. In this team approach, the mediators may complement each other by gender, personality, culture, professional background or other ways in a manner that can improve the quality of both the mediation process and its outcome.
- Some mediators prefer this approach to traditional solo mediation. Co-mediation is beneficial in a number of situations.
- In complex mediations, sometimes two heads are better than one. For example, one mediator can take notes and observe, while the other mediator asks questions. Or, one mediator can focus on the details, while the other concentrates on the big picture.
- Co-mediation can also potentially accelerate the process by dividing task between the two mediators. For example, each mediator can caucus (meet individually) with the parties at the same time, making the mediation more efficient.
- Co-mediation may also be advantageous when the mediators have varying professional skills or backgrounds. For example, the parties may want one mediator who is an expert in one particular field and another mediator that is an expert in another. In addition, this labor division could encompass two mediators complementing each other by each being in charge of different aspects of the mediation, such as: factual content versus communication patterns or legal issues versus relationship or emotional issues.
- In mediations with numerous parties, this team approach allows the mediators an opportunity to provide more attention to each party. As a result, the parties may experience a greater feeling of being understood and/or heard. Further, a party may be more likely to develop trust with at least one of the mediators. However, the mediator must make sure that the parties do not interpret that one of the mediators is “their” mediator and biased in their favor.
- There may be times, to feel more at ease, parties may request their differing ethnicities, genders or ages represented in the mediators. This might be seen in family law mediations, where the parties may be more comfortable to have mediators of both genders present. A female participant may otherwise feel that a male mediator would favor her husband, or vice versa. In a mediation involving discrimination issues, it may be helpful to have mediators of different races or ages. Two mediators with different language skills may also be beneficial when parties speak two or more different languages.
- With co-mediation, the mediators can model good problem solving for the parties as well. Co-mediation is also used to train less experienced mediators.
- For co-mediation to work, the mediators have to know how to work together and plan the mediation and their respective roles carefully. Otherwise, two mediators can create distractions that make resolution less likely.
Please Contact Mediators of Texas to inquire further on pricing and availability for Co. & Balanced Mediations.