Mediate BC Society is proud to announce the release of the second edition of “Mediating from a Distance: Suggested Practice Guidelines for Family Mediators”.
The guidelines are a compilation of the knowledge acquired by the Society’s Distance Family Mediation Project on the topic of how to conduct family mediation “from a distance”, using technology. The Project – which took place in three phases, beginning in 2007 – explored the feasibility of using information and communication technologies to conduct distance family mediations in British Columbia. The third phase of the Project, completed in June 2012, was a pilot providing family mediation services to people in all parts of the province, with a particular focus on using web conferencing technology.
This second edition of Mediating from a Distance updates and expands on the guidelines published previously by the Project, highlighting the knowledge gained during its third phase. It provides a new and exciting emphasis on how to mediate using video and web conferencing technology, as well as offering additional suggestions for mediating with other types of technologies. While they are primarily intended as a resource for family mediators who wish to incorporate distance mediation into their practice, it is hoped that these guidelines will also serve as a launching point for further discussion and study of this rapidly developing, fascinating field.
Mediate BC plans to use the new guidelines as a foundation for a training program in distance mediation, developed in collaboration with a number of our partners. Stay tuned for more information about that exciting initiative.
Further information about the Distance Family Mediation Project, including copies of reports from its first and second phases, can be found on the Mediate BC Society website (http://mediatebc.com/Mediation-Services/Family-Mediation-Services.aspx) and BC Distance Family Mediation blog (http://distancemediation.ca). An evaluation report for the recently completed, third phase of the Project is in process and expected to be published in early 2013.
Mediate BC Society thanks the Law Foundation of British Columbia for their
generous funding of the Distance Family Mediation Project.