Six Styles of Mediation

Hans Boserup, a Danish mediator, has published a book (available in English) called Six Ways in Seven Days. In it he describes what he calls six styles of mediation: generic, settlement-driven, cognitive-systemic, transformative, humanistic, and narrative. You can learn more at his website, www.

Without going into detail about his descriptions of these different modes of mediation, suffice it to say that they cover a range of perspectives and priorities. It doesn’t take much imagination to see that a process that is so flexible that it can be broken into six different styles can have wide application in a variety of circumstances.

With just a bit of imagination and creativity, parties to conflict — and their trusted advisors — can use mediation to fit the parties’ unique needs and help them find appropriate resolutions.

Posted in Basics of Mediation and Conflict, Friday, February 29th, 2008

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