Applying Family Systems Theory to Mediation: A Practitioner's Guide

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University Press of America, Nov 16, 2011 - Psychology - 172 pages
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The field of mediation currently lacks a unifying theoretical foundation. This book attempts to remedy that by presenting one such comprehensive theoretical model. Family systems theory is based on the work of Murray Bowen, who was among the initial proponents of family therapy. Bowen family systems theory describes human relationships and human functioning using a systemic lens that conceptualizes human behavior through an intricate web of emotional processes. As a practicing mediator, teacher, and academic, Regina offers a systemic understanding of successful mediation, meditation techniques, the relationships between disputants, and the importance of mediator emotional maturity. He discusses the co-mediator relationship, the effects of multiple parties such as attorneys and stakeholder groups on the mediation process, the reasons for failed mediation, and the overall importance of theory in practice. This book provides a practical guide for the mediation practitioner and will assist both experienced and novice mediators in successfully navigating the often-intense, emotional minefield of mediation.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Why Bowen Family Systems Theory?
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Chapter Two Understanding Bowen Family Systems Theory
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Part II MEDIATION PROCESS AND TECHNIQUE USING BOWEN THEORY
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Chapter Three Applying Bowen Theory to the SixStage Model of Mediation
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Chapter Four Common Errors and How Bowen Theory Can Minimize Them
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Chapter Five Emotional Maturity and the Mediator
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Chapter Six Emotional Triangles Triangulation and DeTriangulation in Mediation
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Chapter Seven Empowering Disputants and Managing Conflict
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Chapter Nine Domestic Mediations Emotional Maturity and Reciprocal Relationships
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Chapter Ten Bowen Theory and Marital Conciliation
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Part III A NEW MODEL OF MEDIATION TRAINING
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Chapter Eleven Training and Supervising Mediators Using Bowen Theory
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Chapter Twelve Concluding Thoughts
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References
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Index
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Chapter Eight Diversity Issues and Bowen Theory in Mediation
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Wayne F. Regina, Psy.D., is a certified mediator, licensed psychologist, and licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in the application of Bowen family systems theory to a variety of human systems and settings. He is the former dean and current professor of peace studies and psychology at Prescott College. Dr. Regina works as a mediator and conciliator through the Superior Court of Arizona, Yavapai County.

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