Intergenerational and extended families can benefit from a range of services as they work together to preserve or restore harmony in their relationships. These families face challenges whenever emotions and money come together.
A process that is tailored to your situation, with your particular goals and needs in mind, will help to ensure the best possible outcome for you. Although the boundaries can sometimes blur, there are a few differences among mediation, facilitation, and consulting.
In each case, a neutral third party can collaborate with other advisors to serve clients effectively or work alone. Each approach harnesses the power of ensuring that each person involved has the opportunity to be heard.
Engagement in a mediation process is typically triggered by a specific dispute. In mediation, a neutral third party with experience and education in mediation techniques works with those in conflict to craft a sound resolution to address their particular circumstances. Most people have heard about mediation in the context of litigation, especially when a couple wish to end a marriage. Mediation in the context of extended families, who usually do not want to sever ties, but instead want to move past the strife and the pain it is causing, is very different. A type of mediation called transformative mediation is especially well-suited for these situations.
Although mediation and arbitration are both known as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, a mediator’s role is distinct because a mediator does not impose a decision on the parties involved.
The facilitation process usually occurs when issues need to be addressed, decisions made, and plans developed and implemented. The facilitator, a trained individual, helps those involved to communicate effectively, maintain positive relationships, and move forward. The facilitator also manages and prevents conflicts. Facilitated family meetings can help build and strengthen bonds.
Consulting services can involve improving communications, developing and implementing governance policies and practices, and related areas. The focus is on listening carefully and working closely with the family; we do not rely on cookie cutter recommendations.
Designing a process that works for you
Every family is unique. We work with you to schedule convenient times and locations for individual and group meetings, including telephone and video conferences. Dovetail Resolutions is based in Connecticut; we are pleased to serve the tri-state area and beyond.
Professional services are usually provided on a project or retainer basis. Please inquire about your particular situation: we make every effort to work with you to accommodate your needs, including alternative arrangements.
Jane Beddall and Dovetail Resolutions adhere to the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) ethical principles for mediators and the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Additionally, Ms. Beddall and her firm adhere to the Statement of Values and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).
Please note that Dovetail Resolutions, LLC is not a law firm and Ms. Beddall does not provide legal services through the firm.