As divorce rates rise, family mediation represents an alternative way of making settlements without involving an already overburdened judicial system. This book presents a discussion of the current North American trends in the burgeoning field of family mediation by featuring both a review of the literature and a model for family mediation practice. The practice model presented here, Therapeutic Family Mediation, stresses an ecological perspective, and considers the feminist critique of the mediation process. The authors also address mediation's role in the important issues of joint custody, ethnicity, and child protection. Future directions in family mediation are examined in the final part.

The TFM Approach: Overview
The TFM approach: Overview

Practice models, such as therapeutic family mediation (TFM), are no different than the professionals who create them; both evolve, change, and grow through time. Initially developed in the late 1980s, the model has retained its basic structure but has become increasingly sophisticated in its theoretical underpinnings, the conceptualization of its phases and their interrelation, the roles the mediator is asked to play, and the practice skills needed for their enactment.

The task of this and the next six chapters will be to provide a detailed account of the model. What follows will be divided into five sections, which will deal with the rationale for the model, its theoretical roots or underpinnings, its underlying practice principles, a basic description or ...

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