Table of Contents
PART ONE: PRACTICAL THEORY.
1. Understanding Family Dynamics.
Assessing the Family from the Systemic View.
Basic Tenets of Family Systems Theory.
The Change Process from a Family Systems
Normalcy, Health, and Dysfunction.
Dynamics of Personal and Family Development.
Alliances, Legacies, and Secrets 40.
Resilience and the Current Dilemma.
2. Understanding Family Conflict.
The Multiple Levels of Family Conflicts.
Conflict Emergence and Intervention.
Analyzing Family Conflicts.
Reaction to Conflict: Anger, Indignation,
How Families Fight.
Negotiation Within Mediation.
Face-Saving in Family Conflict.
3. Family Mediation Models and Approaches.
Models and Approaches: A Definition.
Stage Theory Models.
Problem-Solving and Negotiative Approaches.
Narrative Mediation Models.
Neutrality Concepts Across Models.
Eclecticism, Integration, and Personalizing
4. Family Mediation Skills and Techniques.
Case Assessment and Formulation.
Shaping Client Sessions for Effectiveness.
Mediating with Multiple Family Members.
Neutrality and Client Self-Determination.
PART TWO: FAMILY MEDIATION PROCESSES.
5. Special Case Issues.
Control, Abuse, and Violence.
Mental Health Concerns.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.
Framing Agreements for Special Issues Cases.
6. Ethics and Standards, Confidentiality and
Ethics and Standards.
Confidentiality and Privileged Communication.
7. Cultural Issues in Family Mediation.
Assessment of Cultural Factors.
Identity, Adaptation, and Assimilation.
The Mediatorﾆs Cultural Perspectives.
African American Families in Mediation.
Hispanic Cultural Themes.
Gay and Lesbian Families.
Ethics and Practice Standards for Cultural
8. Interfacing with Other Professionals and
Involving Children and Other Parties.
Working with Advocates and Attorneys.
Individual and Marital Therapists.
PART THREE: SPECIALIZED PRACTICES IN FAMILY
9. Marital Mediation, Conciliation, and
Conciliation: Mediating the Problems of
Marital Mediation Assessment.
Themes of Attachment, Love, and Trust.
Defining the Relationship by Agreement.
Creating Appropriate Consequences.
Prenuptial Agreements: More Than Money.
10. Divorce Mediation.
The Divorce Mediatorﾆs Role.
Mandatory and Voluntary Mediation.
Married Versus Unmarried Separations.
Complete Divorces or Parenting Issues Only.
Describing a Case Using an Interactive Model.
Integrating Children into the Process.
Postdivorce Concerns and Modifications.
11. Parent-Teen Mediation.
Service Provision Considerations.
Power Dynamics During Sessions.
Classic Parent-Teen Mediation: Pam and Suzie.
Sequential Family Mediations: The Kents.
Victim-Offender Youth Programs: The Nguyens.
12.Adoption, Abuse, and Placement Cases.
Fitting the Model to the Situation.
Confidentiality and Privileged
Power Dynamics in Placement Cases.
Child Protection and Placement Cases.
13.Elder Care and Family Medical Concerns.
Mediable Disputes for Elders and Ill and
Issues of the Elderly Population.
Power Issues in Medical Disputes Concerning
Mediating Family Medical Issues.
Mediating Adult Guardianship.
Case Example: Out-of-Home Placement for an
Case Example: Placement and Medical Treatment
Case Example: Postprocedure Medical Complaint.
Case Example: Adult Guardianship of a
Appendix A: Household Map.
Appendix B: Report of the Academy of Family
Mediators Task Force on Spousal and Child
Appendix C: Control, Abuse, and Domestic
Appendix D: Parenting Plan Rationale and
Appendix E: Budget Sheet.