Situational Mediation: Sensible Conflict Resolution, by Oliver Ross, JD*, PhD.
Originated by Oliver Ross, JD, PhD, the founder of Out-of-Court Solutions, the Situational™ approach to mediation is based on the premise that mediators must be adaptable to the particulars of each situation – including the nature of the dispute, the emotions that surface, and the individuals involved.
As elucidated in Oliver’s book, Situational Mediation: Sensible Conflict Resolution, unlike other mediators who routinely follow one mediation style, Situational™ mediators are adept at combining the directive, facilitative, and humanistic approaches to mediation. They are also adept at facilitating effective communications and negotiations, offering different options and alternatives for resolution of issues, uncovering the emotional interests (such as the need for equality, safety, security, and respect) beneath stated positions, and providing legal, financial, tax, and other information.
The Situational™ approach to mediation has proven highly effective. It assures that mediating parties make fully informed decisions and reach durable agreements – quickly, inexpensively, and with as little stress as possible.
*Admitted to practice law in California only.