6 Advantages and disadvantages of mediation
As with other forms of ADR, there are advantages and disadvantages to mediation. Some of these are outlined in the table below.
Table 3 Advantages and disadvantages of mediation
Activity 5 Mediation in practise
How does the process of mediation described in the video below match what you have experienced or seen in action?
Video 2 Michael Doherty
What steps might you take in order to enhance your own skills as a mediator?
As is no doubt evident from the clip, being a mediator requires not just skill and expertise, but also significant sensitivity to the challenging circumstances people might be encountering. You may have seen mediation in action in various contexts, or perhaps even been involved in mediation yourself. If so, you will no doubt understand how challenging – but ultimately rewarding – the process can be both for the mediator and for those involved.
To enhance your own skills as a mediator it would be vital to undertake professionally delivered training, perhaps leading to an accreditation with a recognised body. While skills in mediation are very useful to have, given the various challenges mediators face, people undertaking mediation should always be taken to work within the limits of their experience and expertise.