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As Stephanie Charlesworth asserts, practitioners of professional family mediation must learn from actual experience or practice in order to change, adapt, innovate, and improve. In other words, it is vital to reflect upon and examine the interaction between theory and actual practice in family mediation in order to learn and develop better theory and better practice. With all of this in mind, Charlesworth explores how professional family mediation has changed over a period of two decades. She identifies her sources of information (e.g., personal reflections from mediators, literature on the subject, training manuals); her analysis of changes in the implementation of family mediation; changes in government policy, legislation, and funding; and a review of evaluative research in the field.


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