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“Humanistic Mediation: A Transformative Journey of Peacemaking.”

Umbreit, Mark S
June 4, 2015

Source: (1997) Mediation Quarterly 14 (3) : 201-213.

In this document a humanistic model of mediation is presented to argue for the intrinsic transformative and healing potential of mediation. The dominant Western “settlement driven‿ model of problem-solving mediation is contrasted with the “dialogue driven‿ humanistic approach. Specific elements of the humanistic model are presented, as well as the paradigm of healing on which the model is based. Drawing upon numerous indigenous traditions of peacemaking and the experience of many mediators, humanistic mediation offers a genuine transformative process grounded in compassion, strength, and our common humanity.


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