The advanced technique of touching: Notes from a training seminar


  • Diane Neumann

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    • Diane Neumann trains divorce mediators in association with John Fiske and Philip Woodbury. She is the author of Divorce Mediation: How to Cut the Cost and Stress of Divorce (Henry Holt, 1989). She has been a divorce mediator in fulltime practice since 1981 in Holliston, Massachusetts.


This article describes a workshop presented during a mediator training seminar on the advanced technique of touching. Touching is defined as minor physical contact initiated by a mediator toward his or her client, such as a handshake or a pat on the back. The workshop explores some possible consequences of this contact.