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 3: Negotiation
The TFM approach: Step-by-step guide: Phase 3: Negotiation

Although some clients will be referred out during Phases 1 and 2, most will enter Phase 3, negotiation. For our purposes, we will follow Antsey (1991, pp. 91–92, cited in Boulle & Kelly, 1998, p. 50) in defining negotiation as (a) an interaction process (b) involving two or more parties (c) who seek to reach agreement (d) over a problem, issue, and/or conflict of interest between them (e) in which each seeks as far as possible to preserve his or her self-interest but is willing to adjust views and/or positions in the joint effort to achieve an agreement.

This definition is interesting in two respects and serves to foreshadow much of ...

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