The Handbook of Mediation gathers leading experts across fields related to peace, justice, human rights, and conflict resolution to explore ways that mediation can be applied to a range of spectrums, including new age settings, relationships, organizations, institutions, communities, environmental conflicts, intercultural and international conflicts. The text is informed by cogent theory, state-of-the-art research, and best practices to provide the reader with a well-rounded understanding of mediation practice in contemporary times.
Based on four signature themes—contexts; skills and competencies; applications; and recommendations—the handbook provides theoretical, applicable, and practical insight into a variety of key approaches to mediation. Authors consider modern conflict on a local and global scale, emphasizing the importance of identifying effective strategies, foundations, and methods to shape the nature of a mediation mindfully and effectively. With a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, the text complements the development of the reader’s competencies and understanding in order to contribute to the advancement of the mediation field.
With a conversational tone that will welcome readers, this comprehensive book is essential reading for students and professionals wanting to learn a wide range of potential interventions for conflict.
Alexia Georgakopoulos, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Conflict Studies at Nova Southeastern University, USA. She is the Director of the Institute of Conflict Resolution and Communication, a mediation training and consulting firm specializing in delivering educational training and certification to professionals. A world class scholar and practitioner in mediation with numerous articles, book chapters, and speaking engagements, she was featured on NBC’s Today Show to discuss peace in the diverse world.
“Mediation has burst its banks and spilled over into many fields. It is no longer a meandering stream or a quiet backwater. It has left behind romantic beginnings and entered many new waterways. Read this book and be carried along in the surge.”
John Winslade, California State University, San Bernardino, USA
“In The Mediation Handbook, we have a wonderful new resource that provides insight from some of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners in the mediation world. Drawing on the best lessons of the past and a broad vision of the demands of the future, the handbook offers a wide range of practical approaches for deepening and extending the reach of mediation in the twenty-first century.”
Bernie Mayer, Creighton University, Canada