Listed below are the top ten mediation books we have found most useful and supportive in our learning and practice.
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The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict
Christopher W Moore
A wealth of knowledge and experience.
Mediation for Managers
John Crawley, Katherine Graham
A goldmine of practical tips and techniques from the leaders in the field (Recommended course reading).
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton
The seminal text on a core principle in mediation: interest-based negotiation (Recommended course reading).
The Promise of Mediation
Baruch Bush, R. and Folger, J.
A classic which profoundly altered the practice and direction of mediation.
The Little Book of Conflict Transformation
A tiny jewel of a book by an eminent scholar and practitioner in the field of conflict resolution.
Stone D, Patton D, Heen S
Works as a self-help book and also gives mediators insight into how conflict is fuelled by the way we talk.
Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People
A book to help people see beyond and reframe the limiting label ´difficult´.
Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflict
Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith
Full of useful case studies on a range of topics including workplace mediation.
The Mediator´s Handbook
Jennifer E. Beer, Eileen Stief, Friends Conflict Resolution Programs
A popular book for trainee mediators – focuses largely on community contexts.
Marshall B Rosenberg
Many mediators are passionate about Rosenberg´s approach. Like ´Difficult Conversations´ he unpicks and rebuilds the mechanics of how we talk with each other.
Ideal for trained or experienced mediators. As much about self-awareness as practical tips and strategies.
For trained mediators see also Narrative Mediation by Monk & Winslade, Bringing Peace into the Room by Bowling & Hoffman, Expert Mediators by Poitras & Raines.
Please note much information in the market place is now influenced by civil & commercial mediation. This is a dispute settlement process with its roots in evaluative mediation. Settlement, bargaining and compromise are very different processes to win-win mediation. Please note many professional mediators do not understand the differences between these terms. Good mediation resources which focus on facilitation, win-win outcomes and transformation are hard to find.
To develop and grow as a mediator
- Secure regular case work to avoid skill fade. As a guide, 1 case a month for maintenance, 2-4 cases for growth.
- Conflict is a great teacher, you can learn much from people in conflict – maintain your reflective practice and keep a focus on self-awareness
- Supervision is one of the most effective ways of growing quickly as a mediator
- Co-mediate when you can and be part of a peer network to sharpen and diversify your skills.
For more on Mediator Supervision see – here.
How to develop and grow your mediation business see – here.