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: Phases 4 and 5: Termination and Follow-Up
The TFM approach: Step-by-step guide: Phases 4 and 5: Termination and follow-up

Family mediation is intended as a short-term process. Termination is therefore a universal feature of all family mediation cases. Many texts picture termination as simple and straightforward (Acland, 1990; Allen & Mohr, 1998; Chornenki & Hart, 1996; Fisher, Ury, & Patton, 1997; Goldberg, Sander, & Rogers, 1992; James, 1997; Leviton & Greenstone, 1997; MacFarlane, 1999; Slaikeu, 1995; Weeks, 1992), so much so that Beer (1997) mentions it only in passing. There is much to be said for this approach, but it can be problematic in family mediation in at least two respects. First, the complexity of the process, which infuses each of ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles