Mediation is a conversation facilitated by a neutral person (mediator) between two or more people (or groups) who have a disagreement. A mediator, trained in conflict resolution, helps people have a more constructive conversation. The folks who have the disagreement are called participants.
Coaching helps you clarify the situation (the facts, needs, etc.) and teaches you clear and compassionate communication tools to engage in a conversation on your your own. In mediation, a neutral person (the mediator) facilitates the conversation and helps people engage in a constructive conversation.
While counseling tends to delve into the past, conflict coaching is future focused. Whether you are experiencing conflict at home, in the workplace, or out in the community, we take a close look at your needs and the result you want, and create a clear and compassionate communication plan so you can show up with confidence.
You may choose to attend individual conflict coaching to learn tools to show up as your best self in conflict. You will learn to clarify the facts, consider your needs, and create ideas for resolution based upon Rosenberg’s non-violent communication (NVC) model. Understanding NVC will help you engage with empathy (for yourself and others) and make clear requests.
You may request a mediation in your location, via online meeting, or at the Bruckner Mediation office at 324 Broadway Street in Alexandria,
No. A mediator does not provide legal advice and cannot do so under Minnesota Rule 114. Sherry Bruckner practiced law for twenty years, and is still a licensed attorney, which gives her insight and understanding into the conflict situations people face. However, as the mediator, she remains neutral and impartial. If an agreement is reached, the participants decide what is says.
The mediator remains neutral and impartial. The mediator seeks to understand each participants’ needs and provides space for an honest and constructive conversation. The participants decide what issues are discussed and what any agreement says.
No. Participants may choose to be in the same room or different rooms. Bruckner Mediation has three meeting rooms along with a conference room. When the participants choose to be in separate rooms, and the mediator goes back and forth between the rooms, it is called a caucus. The participants may choose to stay in caucus for the duration of the mediation or may choose to convene at some point.
People may choose to participate in mediation when they struggle to communicate with each other on important matter at home, in the
workplace, or in another important setting. Some people choose mediation to get help with a critical conversation before it becomes a legal matter. Others choose mediation after commencing a court action.
The participants tell the mediator what issues they want to discuss. The mediator facilitates a conversation between the participants. With the help of a mediator, the participants may clarify the facts, consider the needs, and create ideas for resolution. The participants choose what is discussed, and if an agreement is reached, the participants decide what is says.
Fees may vary based upon a sliding fee scale. Bruckner Mediation seeks to make peace building and conflict resolution accessible. If you need assistance with the fees, please ask.
You may request a mediation, coaching, peace building classes, or conflict resolution skills training in your location, via online meeting, or at the Bruckner Mediation office at 324 Broadway Street in Alexandria, Minnesota.