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Mediation: A Psychological
Insight into Conflict Resolution
This book is about conflict resolution through mediation, from a psychological perspective. Although partly written from a litigation viewpoint, it demonstrates how an appreciation of the psychological aspects of conflict and of the emotional strategies people adopt in dispute situations can assist both lawyers and non-lawyers in resolving conflicts.
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|Freddie Strasser PhD is an Honorary Fellow at the
School of Psythotherapy and Counselling at Regent's College. He is also a lecturer, supervisor and a
psychotherapist in private practice.
Paul Randolph is a practising barrister (called 1971) and an Accredited Mediator (CEDR 1999). He has mediated in a wide range of commercial and non-commercial disputes and has lectured on mediation throughout the UK and in Europe.
"This book provides a fascinating insight
into one corner of the new market. One of the authors is a psychotherapist and the other a
barrister of great practical wisdom. In his foreward Lord Slynn of Hadley advises us to read
Part 1 of the book at least twice. It is called 'Principles and Theories of a Psychological
Approach to Mediation'. We would all be much better at our jobs as lawyers - and judges - if
we read it at least ten times. Perhaps we would then achieve a clearer understanding of what
litigants are really looking for when they entrust their problems into our hands."
"Conflict mediation has never been given the serious consideration that it deserves, perhaps
because it runs against the traditionally adversarial ethos of the legal profession. Now in this
groundbreaking work, Freddie Strasser and Paul Randolph get serious about mediation. They convincingly
argue that mediation is, in effect, a form of psychological counselling and that mediators should avail
themselves of the wealth of theoretical knowledge and pragmatic wisdom that this field has to offer. I
cannot imagine that anyone seriously involved with the emotionally fraught world of mediation could fail
to be inspired and informed by this thoughtful and eminently practical book."
"Mediation services are a major part of the Government's commitment to encourage the use
of Alternative Dispute Resolution to reduce the pressure in the courts. This book highlights the advantages
of mediation - not only that it saves lengthy and costly legal proceedings in the civil courts, but also
that it has a crucial role in the community in general. The authors have clearly demonstrated that, through
an understanding of the nature of conflict, and by preventing disputes multiplying or escalating, mediation
can be a valuable tool in promoting social cohesion."