We’ve been looking in recent posts at some of the factors that should be taken into consideration when selecting a neutral mediator. Last time, we focused on the importance of considering the specific style of mediation a mediation professional prefers to use. As we noted, it probably isn’t possible to clearly categorize every approach to mediation, but two common approaches to the process are evaluative and facilitative mediation.
A third approach to mediation, and probably one that is less used than the others, is often called transformative mediation. Whereas both evaluative and facilitative mediation are mediator driven approaches, transformative mediation is client driven. The aim of transformative mediation is essentially to empower parties to acknowledge and empathize with the other party. Unlike other forms of mediation, it does not have settlement as a hard goal, but instead emphasizes problem-solving.