- work effectively with other professionals in a seamless and integrated manner
- reframe dispute resolution as a legal, psychological and emotional process
- cut through impasse and bring meaningful resolution, healing and closure to your clients by getting to the heart of any dispute
- improve your dispute resolution skills in all kinds of cases you practice, whether IM, solo mediation, arbitration, med-arb, or Collaborative
- adapt your already existing skills to a new, carefully structured paradigm
- recognize and work with emotional and psychological issues that are often conflated with positions in legal disputes
- MPHs: apply clinical skills in a non-clinical, dispute resolution context, and learn how to differentiate clinical skills from psychologically-related mediation skills
- assess suitability of participants
- increase self-awareness of participants, maximizing their capacity for meaningful involvement
- develop capacity of MHPs acting as neutral dispute resolution professionals to remain open, unguarded and empathic when working with individuals in varying states of vulnerability and crisis
- practice skills working with professionals from other disciplines
California's Bay Area has a practice group devoted to Integrative Mediation and the Marin County Bar Association website explains how a process based on the Integrative Mediation model is used by their court in an Interdisciplinary Settlement Conference (ISC).
Marin Superior Court has implemented an innovative and effective program called the Interdisciplinary Settlement Program, designed to better meet the needs of families in high conflict custody matters. Once a party has filed a request for a child custody order and at the request of either party the court may set an Interdisciplinary Settlement Conference (ISC). This is a judicially supervised proceeding in which a volunteer mental health professional and a volunteer family law attorney work together with a judicial officer to help parents resolve custody disputes. The goal is to reach agreement by defusing hostility, initiating better communication and cooperation, and offering research-based information about the developmental needs of children. Self represented litigants should contact the Family Court Facilitator to obtain information and forms to file requests for order and an ISC."