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Abstract

There is widespread doubt over the advisability, and even the legitimacy, of mediators attempting to broaden their practice into areas in which they lack experience or specialized training. This article uses a previously published descriptive framework of mediation skill to offer the hypothesis that it is possible to provide a rule of thumb to assist parties in estimating their possible “fit” with such a mediator, based on the mediator's assessed strengths and the parties' probable needs as measured by seven parameters.