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NARATIVE MEDIATION
& CONFLICT COACHING
 WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDIATION?
 WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT NARRATIVE MEDIATION?
 DOES MEDIATION ALWAYS WORK?
 WHAT IS CONFLICT COACHING?
 SESSION LENGTH & FEE STRUCTURE
WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDIATION?

Generally, when people hear the words "narrative mediation" they say something like "Oh, that's where we each get to tell our stories."

While this is true, the word "narrative" used here actually refers to
something more than this definition.

Narratives in this context are further defined as:
the stories we tell ourselves and each other about:
      •   who we are
      •   what is important
      •   how we should live and behave.

Narratives: "The stories
we learn to tell ourselves."

Our personal views are influenced and often reflect larger and more widely held societal beliefs about what is important, valuable and true. These narratives are powerful in shaping the way in which we view conflict.

Narrative practitioners not only explore individual descriptions of the conflict story as presented by the parties, but seek also to explore the ways in which our lives are either enriched or constrained by these larger dominant social narratives. In this way, issues of power imbalance are likewise acknowledged and examined.

Narrative mediation is founded on the premise that there are many ways to view conflict.  The western perception of a dispute is largely, if not exclusively, shaped by our culture's predominant adversarial "narrative" of conflict. In western society, we are most likely to use metaphors of war to describe even minor conflicts. 

Intentionally adopting an alternative and non-adversarial description, while resisting naiveté and recognizing the influence of power in the lives of the disputants is often a powerful catalyst in finding collaborative and mutually agreeable solutions.


Various narratives of conflict
 WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDIATION?
 WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT NARRATIVE MEDIATION?
 DOES MEDIATION ALWAYS WORK?
 WHAT IS CONFLICT COACHING?
 SESSION LENGTH & FEE STRUCTURE