Taming the Wolf Institute offers mediation designed to resolve a wide range of disputes. In addition we consult with parties preparing for mediation, helping them benefit from dispute resolution. We consult with parishes, schools, and other organizations regarding implementation of conflict prevention protocols. We train staff in conflict management.
What is mediation?
A mediator serves as a neutral facilitator helping disputing parties find creative solutions to conflict. With a mediator, parties negotiate an agreement that improves, restores, and reconciles their relationship. Mediation empowers parties to determine their own outcome. The mediator is not a judge who renders a verdict but rather is an impartial third party who facilitates participants’ creative problem-solving.
Why would someone need mediation?
People experiencing conflict often can sit down and resolve their differences. This is the best approach when possible. On occasion, however, an impartial third party must help overcome barriers to reconciliation, as some conflicts are impossible to resolve without outside assistance.
Does mediation work?
Mediation produces a high level of satisfaction compared to other processes. While mediation does not lead to resolution in all cases, in a high percentage of cases mediation results in resolution. Mediation has revolutionized the courts: less than 5% of lawsuits filed go to trial. A high percentage of cases settled outside the courtroom are settled with a mediator’s help.
Does mediation apply only in conflict that has reached the courts?
Mediation is not restricted to the “litigated case.” The process is appropriate in many different settings.
In fact, mediation is best convened before a conflict escalates into litigation; potential savings in time and money can be significant. The probability of resolution is higher earlier in the life of the conflict. When positions harden and significant money is spent in litigation, resolution may become more difficult.
How does Taming the Wolf mediation differ?
Taming the Wolf uses faith-based mediation. Specifically, we adopt the insights of Franciscan spirituality, all the while benefiting from modern conflict resolution techniques.
What is faith-based mediation?
Faith-based mediation goes beyond a secular approach by integrating the wisdom of faith into the dispute resolution process. Conflict thereby becomes an opportunity for spiritual growth. When we integrate spirituality, we achieve a deeper and more lasting reconciliation.
Do all parties involved need to express an interest in faith?
If parties have a mutual interest in matters of faith, they are more likely to see gains. However, agreement regarding faith is not a prerequisite. Those who do not profess a faith also benefit from a comprehensive approach to reconciliation. They discover previously unexpressed concerns regarding spirituality. Francis of Assisi was known as the Universal Brother; he did not place restrictions on making peace.
Who are the mediators affiliated with Taming the Wolf?
Greg Stone received a Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. He mediated cases in both the Los Angeles and Ventura Superior Courts in small claims, limited and general jurisdiction Civil Court. The Institute will become home to a panel of mediators, both lawyer-mediators and non-lawyer mediators.
Is mediation only for individuals?
Mediation also works at the group level. Special mediation techniques, such as learning conversations, help groups overcome impasse.
What should if I have a difficult time convincing the other party to participate?
The convening stage can be difficult. A mediator can assist, speaking with both parties individually regarding benefits they might realize. Often a mediator convenes the process even when parties were unable to convene on their own.
If I need help understanding conflict resolution can a mediator help?
Mediators may serve as a conflict resolution coach. You can ask an Institute mediator to coach you on applying your faith to ongoing conflict.
Is mediation expensive?
Typically a fee for mediation services is charged; the parties typically split the cost, which varies from case to case. After a mediator has been briefed regarding your particular situation he or she will estimate the fee amount. In most instances, mediation saves parties considerable expense when compared to alternatives.
There is no need for you to face difficult challenges alone, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:20) Whether you’re managing conflict on your own or working with a lawyer we will help as you seek a spiritually transformative resolution.