Q: Can’t every mediation be referred to as a transformative mediation?


A: Transformative mediation refers to a particular model of mediation with peculiar techniques. The goal of that model is to “change the quality of conflict interaction” (Bush & Folger, 2005). However, in my view, transformation (meaning simply “a change”) does occur in every mediation, whatever the model employed. There is no way that disputing parties can sit around a table and engage in a discussion about their dispute and there not be some kind of change—no matter how small—in attitude, perception,  understanding or knowledge. What they do about the change is another story.

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