The Role of Flexible Thinking in The Mediation Process
In high conflict situations, mediation clients often become entrenched, taking rigid positions that hinder the mediation process. These rigid positions can be a result of inflexible thinking and the inability to see the other person’s perspective. Rigid positions are often fueled by past disappointment and fears of future conflict.
Current neuro-science research helps to explain how the brain responds under duress. Some of our clients respond by working towards resolution, while others become entrenched in defended positions. This workshop will illustrate the difference between flexible and inflexible thinking as well as the obstacles to perspective taking and respectful communication.
Dr. MaryAtwater is the founder of Collaborative Mediation Services and is a Licensed ClinicalPsychologist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland. Since moving tothe DC area from Colorado in 2002, Dr. Atwater has mediated numerous familyinterventions, helping to move families forward towards better communicationand workable family relationships.
Her experience working withchildren whose parents have divorced has shaped her passion to help familiesmove through the divorce process in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
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