Bluewater Mediation Blog

New Ways Program for Separating Couples

Bluewater Mediation is pleased to share information about ‘New Ways for Families’ (‘New Ways’), a very helpful program available to separating couples who are about to start mediation. The focus of the program is to prepare separating couples to make their own decisions for their families in the most effective way possible. Each participant works with their own New Ways coach for two to three one-hour sessions, separate from the other participant. This is not therapy, but focused on how to … [Read More...]

What Does “Accredited Family Mediator” Mean?

You may be wondering what "Accredited Family Mediator" means and why accreditation matters to you. When you hire an accredited mediator, you have assurance that your mediator has been trained in mediation theory and practice. They also have completed a lengthy and supervised internship with a senior and experienced mediator. You know that he or she is bound by Standards of Practice and ethical requirements. And, you can expect that your mediator continues to upgrade his or her skills and … [Read More...]

Can We Mediate Without Being in the Same Room?

Yes. Mediation is a highly adaptable process. Sometimes people are in the same room through the process; sometimes people are not in the same room at all. More often it is a combination of these two possibilities.   If there is a high level of conflict, or other reasons why you do not wish to be in the same room as your former spouse, the process can be what is called a “shuttle mediation”. In shuttle mediation, each of you is in a different room throughout the mediation, and the mediator … [Read More...]