ASMADR Blog

Family #Mediation in the broadest sense from #ASMADR – Family #Mediation Featured in the Archers! – a helpful exposition of two family conflicts and a consideration of how two different family mediation scenarios will benefit both cast and listeners.

The long-running BBC Radio 4 soap, the Archers, which is set in the fictional village of Ambridge, has a long-standing, very faithful fan base. Its dramatic storylines are followed avidly and attract as much media attention as any of its television counterparts. The...

Funding Community Mediation – Why Does It Make Good Commercial Sense?

Whenever proponents of community mediation extol its virtues they rightly explain that it provides a very timely option for the resolution of such issues as neighbour and boundary disputes. Particularly when commenting on boundary issues, the cost of going to court is...

Which age groups use Family Mediation, what are the benefits of Mediation and when is mediation not suitable?

By Austin Chessell, Family Mediator and the Convener of the #ASMADR Family Team Family Mediation works for people from all age groups and backgrounds In recent weeks I have worked with separated teenage parents to find solutions for childcare...

#Mediation and #ADR from #ASMADR – announcing the launch of our new website.

By Paul Sandford, Director #ASMADR As from today Albert Square Mediation Limited will trade as ASMADR. Please do have a look at our new website. ASMADR offers a unique range of high quality, cost effective and time saving ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) training...

Getting it Wrong

I am very keen on cars. Just ask Mrs King how much time, effort and (unfortunately) money I have spent on the wretched things. I have never done anything truly silly but I do spend lots of time looking at Autotrader and working out what my vehicle strategy should be...

Workplace and Employment services from #AlbertSquareMediation – Verbal Overshadowing and Mediation

In 1990, some psychology experiments conducted and reported by Jonathan Schooler and Tonya Engster-Schooler suggested that giving a verbal account of an incident tended to impair future visualisation of what was described(1). Such information questioned the sense of...

There’s Snow Business like Mediation Business!

This blog was first published on the #AlbertSquareMediation EastAnglia Facebook page on 28th February 2018. I woke this morning at around 6am to see a white glow from under the curtains and a garden covered in about 4-5 inches of beautiful snow. I was one of the...

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Mediation versus therapy; mediation as therapy

When I was a couples and family therapist I tried hard to explain to my clients what mediation was and how it differed from therapy. Often this distinction is crucially important; but it was a difficult thing to explain, not only because it’s not the easiest concept...

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Medical and Civil #Mediation and #EarlyDisputeResolution from #AlbertSquareMediation – Say what you mean and mean what you say – A reflection on the consequences of not taking sufficient care when speaking to others

Of late there have been quite a number of social media posts and blogs on this subject. One that I read recently reminds me how even in everyday conversation, inadvertently using an inappropriate word or putting emphasis on the wrong thing, even inserting a comma in...

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Civil Mediation from #AlbertSquareMediation. A Cost-Effective and Timely Form of Dispute Resolution That Gets Results without Very Much Capital Input and addresses the issue of Hidden Costs.

Recently thumbing through my back editions of The Economist, I chanced upon an article in the Christmas 2017 edition uses the term "Punk Science". This article has a lot to do with science although I think the term "punk" does it a disservice. Essentially the article...

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Early Dispute Avoidance and Early Dispute Resolution from #AlbertSquareMediation – In the Matter of the Polar Bears v the Town of Churchill – an ongoing case and some thoughts about the facilitation of disputes and disagreements

For me, one of the TV highlights in the run-up to last Christmas was the BBC repeat of a documentary presented by the naturalist Gordon Buchanan which was filmed in the Canadian town of Churchill, a town situated on the shores of Hudson Bay within the Arctic Circle....

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Counselling, Therapeutic Services, Family Mediation and Civil Mediation from #AlbertSquareMediation – some reflections on the advice work done by Mariella Frostrup and Early Dispute Avoidance/Early Dispute Resolution

Although as a mediator I have a considerable interest in human relationships and the underlying conflicts that can arise, I have to say that the one section of the daily newspapers that I generally avoid is the so-called "Agony Aunt" section. However, I make an...

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Lord Chancellors from Ipswich Town

This blog was first published on the #AlbertSquareMediationEastAnglia Facebook page on 14th January 2018. Theresa May's recent reshuffle was a bit of a damp squib. Not many top jobs changed, and those that were asked to change jobs either refused or resigned.But one...

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Civil Mediation from #AlbertSquareMediation – Some Reflections on E.M. Forster’s time honoured saying, “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”

One often hears the derogatory phrase "spoon fed".  It conjures up visions of dependency and people being incapable of independent thought. "He" expects to be spoon fed implies that whoever "he" is, he does not think for himself or act on his own initiative. In turn...

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Je ne regrette rien…

Someone asked me recently if I still would have become a doctor, had I known then what I know now. Obviously this is deeply philosophical and moot, as well as truly impossible to answer accurately. Although I am a doctor I am not a time traveller (no Tardis for me...

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Counselling, Therapeutic Services, Family Mediation and Civil Mediation from #AlbertSquareMediation – some reflections on the advice work done by Mariella Frostrup and Early Dispute Avoidance/Early Dispute Resolution

Although as a mediator I have a considerable interest in human relationships and the underlying conflicts that can arise, I have to say that the one section of my daily newspaper that I generally avoid is the so-called "Agony Aunt" section. However, I make an...

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Mediation and Human Stupidity Compromise

Many years ago, and a long time before I became interested in mediation, a friend gave me the fine essay “The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity” by the Italian economic historian Carlo Maria Cipolla (1922-2000). I warmly recommend it: witty, short, to the point and very...

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Couples Therapy and Parenting Guidance from #AlbertSquareMediation – The health implications of divorce and at the start of 2018 a few thoughts about possible alternatives to #familymediation

I recently read with great interest an article posted by the Toronto Mediator Laura Tarcea on Linked In. In this post she highlights a very large body of research that unequivocally links divorce with long-term decreases in life satisfaction, increased risk for...

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CHANGE MANAGEMENT

In writing my co-authored book on management, the topic 'change management' was bound to arise. There is a whole separate industry known as 'change management'.Indeed there is now even an Association of Change Management Professionals, launched in 2011. It has indeed...

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How to make life less of an Agatha Christie Whodunit!

When I was a lot younger I got a lot of enjoyment from reading classic Agatha Christie murder mysteries. Indeed, over a period, I have read all of them and thoroughly enjoyed the genre. Typically there is a group of people all with different motives and drivers and a...

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Civil Mediation from #AlbertSquareMediation – “It’s Official – or is it? Mediation in England and Wales receives an “official” endorsement. More words or a catalyst for real change?

A recent edition of the Law Society Gazette [1] reports that a Working Group of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has produced an interim report [2] in which it concludes that measures to promote Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) are not working and should be...

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Inspiring Mediation Training

Recently we published David Santiago's training blog which gave a Portugese perspective on this subject. This is Brendan's very interesting viewpoint. What do people want and what do they need from mediation training ? If a trainee is going to actually practice...

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FUITE EN AVANT!

We are used to hearing of people running away from problems.  Sometimes they will do that rather than tackle them, which is of course where mediation can obviously help. But have you heard of the opposite: running towards a problem?! The French even have an expression...

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#ASM in Space

The year is 2100. Years of corporate dominance have led to the world having a single economy: hence, it made no sense to have more than one government. Plato argued that democracy would lead to populism and eventually to tyranny. What he did not foresee, perhaps, is...

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