A very interesting book on mediation has been written by Linda Olden-Smithwho is based in Texas and has conducted more than 1,450 meditations.
I have dealt with her personally and found her effecient, humorous and lively, no bad feats to have as mediator.
She claims she has discovered that there is a crucial focus beyond personality and agenda where true enduring and satisfactory resolution is found.
She says that she saw that this focus is only the starting point and in addition to that there is a critical need for precision treatment application to the specific conflict cues that are revealed in this crucial focus.
She recognized that a more accurate perspective of what “resolution” actually is was needed as well.
Finally, sherealized that these profound principles and practice had to be presented in a way that was most approachable to the common man not just to the privileged and highly educated intellectual communities.
Why? Because at every level and everywhere in society today you can find some lay person and some trained mediators too, including family members, friends, co-workers, managers, clergy, teachers, psychologists, physicians, lawyers, judges and other professionals that may or may not have been trained in the current mediation approaches trying to apply earnest efforts to facilitate someone’s dispute and serve largely to interfere and not to productively intervene.
The book is certainly provocative and lively; Linda is right to home on intervention because frankly it is something so difficult to do. Either we are too scared to do it or we do it too clumsily when we do it.
It introduces the Thought Resolution Protocol which is trademarked and crucial keys interweaved in the book.
It also shows flair in that the book includes(helpful) Mediator Intevention Flash Cards which help with the intervention process.
A recommended read but not for the narrow-minded.