Mediation Model

HMP employs a facilitative, co-mediation model. This model is premised on three main principles: 

  • The self-determination of the parties;
  • The informed consent of the parties;
  • The neutrality of the mediators. 

We strive to help the parties create a process that best suits their dispute and enables them to reach a mutually agreeable solution. To that end, we, as mediators, do not endeavor to solve the parties’ problem or impose on them solutions of our own making – rather, we create a safe and neutral environment in which they can discuss their problem and hopefully reach resolution. Every dispute is mediated by two HMP mediators; thus, co-mediation skills are as important to our model as active listening and facilitation skills. All mediators with the program are required to adhere to this model.

Last modified: August 15, 2012

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