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.

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Students and experienced practitioners come to mediation texts, such as this one, on very different terms. Experienced practitioners come with an organized body of knowledge, partly didactic, partly experiential. That body of knowledge allows them to incorporate new information easily and then readily translate that information into practice. Accordingly, for them, the wealth of information provided in the preceding chapters in this section will suffice in introducing therapeutic family mediation (TFM). Such is likely not the case for students who, by definition, are in the process of creating their own body of mediation knowledge. The absence of such knowledge typically means that the preceding treatment of TFM will still be inadequate and far too abstract. Students benefit significantly from hands-on, ...

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