A Narrative Approach to the Practice of Mediation

Authors

  • John Winslade,

    1. John Winslade and Gerald Monk are both conselor educators in the Department of Education Studies, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Alison Cotter is a director of Waikato Mediation Services, P.O. Box 1419, Hamilton, New Zealand. The three authors are also mediators and trainers with Waikato Mediation Services, a community mediation service in Hamilton.
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  • Gerald Monk,

    1. John Winslade and Gerald Monk are both conselor educators in the Department of Education Studies, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Alison Cotter is a director of Waikato Mediation Services, P.O. Box 1419, Hamilton, New Zealand. The three authors are also mediators and trainers with Waikato Mediation Services, a community mediation service in Hamilton.
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  • Alison Cotte

    1. John Winslade and Gerald Monk are both conselor educators in the Department of Education Studies, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Alison Cotter is a director of Waikato Mediation Services, P.O. Box 1419, Hamilton, New Zealand. The three authors are also mediators and trainers with Waikato Mediation Services, a community mediation service in Hamilton.
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Abstract

Thinking in narrative tems is proving useful in a number of disciplines. Such thinking has already contributed to a growing body of work in the family therapy field. Here, we seek to demonstrate the usefulness and applicability to the ideas developed by Michael White and David Epston (among others) to the pactice of mediation. Distinctions are drawn from the poblem-solving approach with regard to both basic theoretical assumptions and method. A transcribed mediation scenario is used to illustrate and comment on the techniques of narrative mediation in action.

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