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: Step-by-Step Guide: Phase 1: Intake/Assessment
The TFM approach: Step-by-step guide: Phase 1: Intake/assessment

Given the sweep and complexity of the TFM approach, an overview was a prerequisite for clarity and intelligibility. However, by definition, such material omits the detail necessary to have any sense of how the models work on the ground, in practice. In this and subsequent chapters, we fill in these gaps by examining in detail each of the model's five phases, including the practitioners' goals, their bases for the selection of one or another practice technique, their criteria for evaluating process and outcomes, and their thinking as to whether to move forward to a new phase or feed backward to a previous one. This treatment will make clear that the ...

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