Mediation

Mediation gets to the source of the conflict and provides a facilitated dialogue that brings together those who are most able to craft solutions that address the root cause. We work with all parties to choose the best option for your unique situation. Six Rivers specializes in Family, Youth, Workplace, Divorce, Neighbor to Neighbor, Foreclosure and Agricultural mediations.

Mediations can be set up in 3 easy steps…

1. Give us a call!
Start by calling us for a free, confidential consultation to explore your options and see if mediation is a good fit for your situation. A case developer will spend time learning a bit about what is going on for you. During this phone call, the case developer will help you initiate the process of identifying what is most important to you, clarify your interests, and prepare for a facilitated dialogue with the other side. We can be reached by calling toll free (888) 628-4101. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. You're welcome to leave a confidential voicemail anytime and we will return your call when we are available.

2. Contacting the other party
Mediators will work with you to gather contact information for the other party and will then get in touch with them to explain the mediation process, find out what's important to them, and invite them to mediate.

3. Scheduling the Mediation
Once all parties have agreed to mediation, your case developer will schedule mediators and coordinate a time that works well for all parties involved to sit down and have a productive conversation.



Six Rivers’ mediation framework focuses on an interest based negotiation process; our mediators strive to help clients identify, communicate and understand both parties’ needs and goals in order to build solutions that address the real issues behind the conflict. We generally utilize a facilitative model in our mediations; mediators are there to guide the conversation and provide tools to help problem solve, they are not there to make decisions or create solutions for you. This is your process; make it worth your time.

What can I expect when I attend mediation?
By agreeing to participate in mediation, you can take an important step toward resolving a dispute. The goal of the mediation is to reach an agreement that all participants find reasonable and in their best interests.


What happens in a mediation session?
Each party gets a chance to talk about the situation from their perspective; without interruption, sometimes in the presence of the other party and sometimes with only the mediators present. The mediator will facilitate the discussion by establishing ground rules and guiding participants through a process of discovery and communication. Some of the techniques may be familiar, such as "brainstorming", but the mediation process itself is indeed a unique experience. The mediator is there to help the parties decide what the important issues are, explore misunderstandings, illuminate listening techniques and discover solutions.


What happens when we find a solution?
If an agreement is reached, a written agreement will be drafted and each party will sign the agreement.


How much time will it take?
Each mediation is different. In most cases Six Rivers maintains a 2 ½ hour maximum for each session and the majority of cases are resolved within 2 ½ hours. Breaks are generally allowed, speak to your mediator at the beginning of the session in regards to how they would prefer to handle break time if necessary. Sometimes it is necessary to schedule a follow up session. If a second session is determined appropriate in your case, times and locations will be decided upon prior to leaving the initial mediation session.


Is this meeting confidential?
Yes. The mediator(s) will keep confidential everything you say during the mediation. At the beginning of the mediation, you will be asked to sign a "Consent to Mediate" agreement to keep matters discussed in the mediation confidential. The mediator(s) will review the agreement with you and answer any questions you may have at that time. The agreement explains that the mediators will not discuss matters covered in the mediation outside of the mediation, this includes requests for information from the courts.

These videos will give you a good idea of what to expect during your mediation session.


Mediation Services:

• Agricultural
Pesticides, wetlands, loans, conservation plans

• Family
Parent/teen, family decision making, household rule creation

• Youth
Victim Offender, First Offender mediation, teen mediation

• Workplace
Contractual disputes, employee/supervisor, employee/employee

• Divorce
Parenting plans, dissolution of marriage

• Neighbor
Boundary line disputes, animals, shared resources