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  • Se'Lena Wingfield, Ph.D.

Maximizing Outcomes: The Advantages of Hiring a Trauma-Informed Mediator

Here are three potential benefits of hiring a trauma-informed mediator:

  1. Improved communication: Trauma can impact a person's ability to communicate effectively, leading to misunderstandings, miscommunications, and conflicts. A trauma-informed mediator is trained to recognize the impact of trauma on communication and can help parties communicate more effectively. The mediator may use techniques such as active listening, rephrasing, and validating to help parties understand each other's perspectives and reach mutually acceptable solutions.

  2. Enhanced safety: Domestic relations cases, particularly those involving domestic violence, can be emotionally charged and potentially dangerous. A trauma-informed mediator can help create a safe environment for all parties involved. They can use techniques to reduce the risk of re-traumatization and help parties feel more comfortable sharing their experiences. The mediator may also be able to identify potential safety concerns and help develop a plan to address them.

  3. Better outcomes: Trauma-informed mediation can lead to better outcomes for parties involved in domestic relations cases. By creating a safe and supportive environment, the mediator can help parties engage in the process more effectively and reach mutually acceptable solutions. The mediator can also help parties identify underlying issues and develop strategies to address them. This can lead to more sustainable solutions that are less likely to result in future conflicts.

It's worth noting that the benefits of hiring a trauma-informed mediator can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. However, in general, a trauma-informed mediator can help parties navigate the emotional complexities of domestic relations cases and reach more positive outcomes.


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