Mediation is a structured process where an impartial, trained professional helps people have a difficult conversation and potentially reach an agreement. The cornerstone of mediation is self-determination, meaning each person always makes all of their own choices.
MH Mediate founder Dan Berstein oversees our mediations. Hear him explain family mental health mediation in the video below:
As mediators, we don’t make any decisions; we simply provide communication support and a safe space. Mediation is designed to be an empowering experience for all people involved. Assuming both parties reach an agreement, it can be memorialized in writing.
We mediate all types of cases but our specialty is cases involving mental health issues. Dan is a sought-after expert in mediation and mental health, having given trainings in twelve states and nationally through governmental and NAFCM webinars. He sat on the Mediator Advisory Board of the New York Peace Institute, which operates the county mediation centers in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Mediation is appropriate for workplace conflicts, as well as for personal conflicts.
In business settings, mediation is best suited for:
- The early stages of a conflict
- Relationship breakdown situations
- Times when managers are not well-positioned to resolve conflict
- Times formal procedures dictate its use
In personal settings, you can use mediation when working with a loved one to reach a collaborative decision related to a mental health situation, including:
- Developing a viable living agreement
- Forming family wellness plans
- Debating different treatment options with loved ones
- Creating crisis plans and advanced directives
- Any disagreements about any decisions related to mental health