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  • Se'Lena Wingfield, Ph.D.

Mastering Conflict Resolution Goals: Learn effective communication and goal-setting strategies for a smoother process.

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Beyond Words: Mastering Goal Definition in Mediation Sessions

In mastering conflict resolution goals, some effective strategies for clearly defining and communicating goals during mediation sessions include:

1. Preparation: Take the time to identify your goals and priorities before the session. Write them down and organize them according to their importance. This will help you stay focused during the mediation process.

2. Be specific: Clearly articulate what you want to achieve. Instead of saying "I want more time with the children," specify how much time and on which days you would like to have custody.

3. Use neutral language: Avoid using language that sounds confrontational or accusatory. Instead, choose words that are neutral and objective, focusing on finding common ground and mutual understanding.

4. Focus on interests, not positions: Rather than getting stuck on specific demands, try to understand the underlying interests behind those demands. Communicate these interests to the other party, as it can help find creative solutions that meet everyone's needs.

5. Active listening: Be attentive and actively listen to what the other party is saying. Show genuine interest in their perspective and ask clarifying questions if needed. This will demonstrate that you are open to understanding their goals as well.

6. Stay calm and composed: Emotions can run high during mediation sessions, but it's important to remain calm and composed. Keep your emotions in check and approach the conversation with a level-headed mindset. This will help you communicate your goals effectively and reduce the likelihood of conflicts arising.

7. Seek clarification: If something is unclear or ambiguous, don't hesitate to seek clarification. Ask the mediator or the other party for further explanation to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of each other's goals.

Remember, effective communication is key in mediation sessions. By following these strategies, you can clearly define and communicate your goals, increasing the chances of reaching a mutually agreeable solution.

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