Ten Hallmarks of Transformative Mediation

  1. In the opening statement, the transformative mediator will explain the mediator's role and the objectives of mediation as being focused on empowerment and recognition.

  2. The transformative mediator will leave responsibility for the outcomes with the parties.

  3. A transformative mediator will not be judgmental about the parties' views and decisions.

  4. Transformative mediators take an optimistic view of the parties' competence and motives.

  5. Transformative mediators allow and are responsive to parties' expression of emotions.

  6. Transformative mediators allow for and explore parties' uncertainty.

  7. Transformative mediators remain focused on what is currently happening in the mediation setting.

  8. Transformative mediators are responsive to parties' statements about past events.

  9. Transformative mediators realize that conflict can be a long-term process and that mediation is one intervention in a longer sequence of conflict interactions.

  10. Transformative mediators feel (and express) a sense of success when empowerment and recognition occur, even in small degrees. They do not see a lack of settlement as a "failure."

Folger and Bush, "Transformative Mediation and Third-Party Intervention: Ten Hallmarks of a Transformative Approach to Practice" Mediation Quarterly, 13, Number 4, 1996.