Theory to Practice: Mediation Ideals vs. Mediator Reality

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Theory to Practice: Mediation Ideals v. Mediation Reality

It’s a tough world out there, isn’t it? Those virtuous ideals that you solemnly pledged to uphold in your cloistered mediation training often seem like cruel fantasies when you’re out there in the jungle trying to make a buck. It’s challenging for well-meaning mediators stick to their ethical standards when the participants demand only results – settlements. In this second installment of our new Theory to Practice column, attorney, professor and registered mediator Robert Thaler tells you what research has to say about how mediators can help themselves and their ethics survive the pressures of daily practice.

Published in Feb. 2011 by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution Monthly Newsletter.

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