Shirley Vandersteen, Ph.D. has received accredited training in providing professional mediation services and is a member of Alberta Family Mediation Society and Family Mediation Canada. She is a Registered Psychologist in private practice and has a wide range of knowledge and experience in working with people in conflict.
THE MEDIATION PROCESS
Mediation is a voluntary settlement process. Mediation allows both parties to identify and participate fully in making the decisions that affect their lives. Settlement options are explored in a fair, confidential, and constructive atmosphere. Decisions are made which enable each person to achieve the best possible agreement. Each person’s issues and concerns are valued and form the basis of decisions. Both parties remain in control of the decisions that are made; the mediator does not impose any decisions or resolutions.
HOW MEDIATION WORKS
The goal of mediation is to assist both parties to negotiate a fair agreement that meets their needs. The mediator enables the parties to fully explore their circumstances in terms of issues and concerns. Relevant and necessary information is gathered to clarify the issues to be resolved and to support each party in making well informed decisions. Expert financial or legal consultation is sought when appropriate.
The outcome of mediation is a written agreement regarding each issue identified and addressed during the course of the mediation process. This agreement is not a legal document but is often incorporated into legal proceedings when applicable.