Who does Mediation?
Michael Kuebler is a Tennessee Supreme Court authorized, Rule 31 Civil Mediator. That means that he has had the professional training by an authorized, Mediation Trainer and is bound by a vigorous set of ethical rules.
What is Mediation?
Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 defines mediation as “an informal process in which a neutral person conducts discussions among disputing parties designed to enable them to reach a mutually acceptable agreement among themselves on all or any part of the issues in dispute” (Section 2 (i)).
Simply, it is a tool to help two or more people to work through an issue with the help of a neutral person and bring the issue to a resolution. The properly trained mediator is forbidden from taking sides, arm twisting, and persuasion. He is trained how to mediate between the parties thus helping them communicate to enable them to resolve conflict.
At the conclusion of a successful mediation, the agreement is boiled down to writing and the parties leave with the issue behind them. While there are other conflict management options, Tennessee’s mediation requirements are so robust that they can, and should, be used.
Why use Mediation?
Typically the conflict itself can be more burdensome and disruptive to your life than the solution. Being rid of that stress enables the parties to move on from that conflict. The alternative, of course, is litigation which is always more expensive and can take years. To make it worse, the parties’ litigation loses control – the judge or jury decides the outcome and if they don’t like the outcome still have to live with it whereas in mediation you maintain control of the outcome.
Bottom line, Mediation, done properly, can save you time, money, and you get to maintain control of the outcome. It is a better all-around way to resolve conflicts, big and small.