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The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict, 4th Edition by Christopher Moore

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10Beginning Mediation

in this stage of the mediation process, the mediator assists disputants to begin productive assisted discussions about their relationships and the issues that divide them. The first meeting is usually conducted with all parties together with the mediator; however, there are exceptions to this practice. If the disputants are adamant about not meeting face-to-face, it appears to the intermediary that there is an extreme level of anger or hurt on the part of one or more participants, they are unlikely to be able to control their emotions or how they communicate with each other, there is a potential for violence, or one or more parties will be unable to effectively advocate for their interests, the mediator may opt for separate ...

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