watch and learn
So in my interviews I’ve been conducting for CALM Scotland, I’ve had the absolute privilege of chatting with some of the most innovative pioneers and thought-leaders in mediation and conflict resolution across the world. In the interviews you can learn all about how mediation can help you after separation, how mediation has developed over the years, how it might look in the future, and how to really get to grips with what’s going on in your life and that of your kids after separation.
here are the video interviews so far
- Carol Hope – Involving young people in conflict resolution
- Lisa Parkinson – Mediation developments from 1978 into the future
- Sue Atkins – Parenting, communicating, coaching after separation
- Bill Eddy – On conflict, mediation & new ways for families
- Karen Bonnell – Have you tried a parenting plan?
- Jane Evans – On emotional connection with kids after separation
- Gary Direnfeld – On the folly of arguing in court after separation
- The Future of Online Mediation – with Ewan Malcolm
- How to stop arguing about your children with your ex!
- Intro to #videoCALM
Carol Hope – Involving young people in conflict resolution
In this #videoCALM interview, mediator Scott Docherty chats with Carol Hope of hopemediation.co.uk. Carol has practiced and developed mediation for decades and been instrumental in bringing peer mediation and conflict resolution skills to young people & families throughout Scotland. In the interview Carol talks about the benefits to young people of involving them in the mediation process, and tackles some of the big questions this might raise for separating parents working through their issues. She explains in very simple terms what the process will look like for kids and parents within a child-inclusive mediation, including the kind of safeguards necessary to make sure it’s not abused by the parents and that the kids involved will feel genuinely listened to. Flowing from this idea of helping young people through their parents’ conflict, Carol goes on to explain how peer mediation can train children early on in school with problem solving, conflict resolution skills they can then take with them throughout life, and why such a vital knowledge and approach to conflict might benefit from forming part of the mainstream system of education in Scotland. Please excuse the one swear word near the end – it is, after all, a direct quote from a child!…
Lisa Parkinson – Mediation developments from 1978 into the future
Lisa pioneered mediation in the UK and Europe, having set up the first mediation service here in 1978 and then the Family Mediators Association. Her work in developing mediation is pretty unparalleled, and continues particularly in the area of child-inclusive mediation and as chair of the Advisory Board of the Voices in the Middle campaign. This interview takes us through this amazing work, and touches on how mediation has changed over the years to become a service capable of adapting around the needs and backgrounds of those separating, increasing the chances of a successful long-term resolution for those taking part. She talks also about how the system of information meetings in family actions in England & Wales might be improved on were Scotland to introduce them, and delves into fascinating detail about how child-inclusive mediation and the Voices in the Middle charity might help provide a better voice for children in separation. It was a true privilege to have Lisa talk mediation with us, and although the interview is pretty long, given how knowledgeable and inspirational she is on the subject, perhaps you’ll feel as we do that if only it could’ve went on for longer!
Sue Atkins – Parenting, communicating, coaching after separation
In this interview our Scott Docherty talks with Sue Atkins, parenting expert and coach, best-selling author of Parenting Made Easy and a huge amount of similar resources, and regular on ITV’s “This Morning” show as well as on Sky and BBC Radio.
Sue talks passionately about parenting apart and talking to your kids after separation. Her down-to-earth, common sense advice will strike right at the heart of what you may be going through right now in your separation, coming as it does from her deep well of experience and training. The important point she asks you to think carefully about is that your best chance of getting through everything in a time of stress and turmoil, including working out how to communicate with your children and your ex-partner or spouse, is to start looking after yourself. Although the advice and the shoulder to cry on provided by family and friends can be vital, Sue asks you to think about some coaching even if that’s online – and shake off that image you might have that it’s only celebrities who instruct life coaches, because getting emotional and practical help from a professional who knows what you’re going through and can look more objectively at how you can pull through it, could very well leave you with the peace you’ve been striving for.
Bill Eddy – On conflict, mediation & new ways for families
This immensely practical interview features Bill Eddy, President of the innovative High Conflict Institute in San Diego and pioneer of simple techniques to reduce conflict in, amongst other things, separation. During the discussion Bill whips out his second brain to explain what’s going on internally when we act or react in conflict, and tells us some amazing tricks to switch high conflict people into problem-solving mode in only a few seconds. Applying his methods in and around mediation sessions could have a powerful effect on its chances of success, and we would highly recommend those separating as well as professionals in mediation or litigation to take note. We could have talked for hours on end with Bill on this subject but, quite miraculously, have managed to condense a great deal of his outstanding work into just over 40 minutes! Bill takes us through some of the cutting-edge developments he has introduced across the pond, including the BIFF Response method and the life-changing New Ways For Families project that’s gradually but systematically changing the face of family conflict resolution in California. The online model of NW4F is now extending this revolution across the globe, so in separation you can now access this wonderful resource no matter where you live. Enjoy this little interview, therefore, and start thinking about learning some new skills in handling your conflict before making the big decisions after separation.
Karen Bonnell – Have you tried a parenting plan?
Our Scott Docherty talks with Karen Bonnell of Coach Mediate Consult, Seattle, author of the hugely practical and inspirational Co-Parents’ and Parenting Plan Handbooks. In this interview, Karen talks about what a parenting plan is, what it can cover in your separation or divorce, the challenges that might get in the way of creating a plan, and most vitally how those challenges can be overcome. One of the quotes in Karen’s wonderful books is by her co-author Kristin Little, that “learning to co-operate with your children’s other parent doesn’t always mean agreement; it doesn’t always means you have good feelings towards that other parent. It means that your love and care for your child is stronger than your anger and sadness, and your desire for peace is greater than your desire to be ‘right’.” Watching and listening to Karen on this subject may well hit home that point for you, and help you find a fresh perspective in your transition beyond separation. Please excuse the slight lag throughout the video. If it gets too much, please remember that we have an audio version of this amazing interview on #audioCALM on the website or iTunes.
Jane Evans – On emotional connection with kids after separation
This interview features Jane Evans (thejaneevans.com), trauma parenting expert with a background in early years care, foster care, and parenting & family support. Recently explored in her fascinating and inspirational TEDxBristol talk on Taming And Tending Your Meerkat Brain, this interview centres on the development of a child’s brain, and the impact of parental separation on that brain development, particularly where the separation is not handled carefully by the parents. Jane talks passionately, and with heartfelt personal experience, about what might be happening under your kids’ bonnets if they’ve been exposed to your parental conflict, about the types of behaviour you might be seeing in your kids during the separation and divorce that could signal concerns later on in their development. Positively, however, she discusses in some detail the little things you might do each and every day with your kids whilst in the midst of the separation, and that although it can be really hard to focus on the kids whilst being distracted by the ongoing conflict with their other parent, doing so and building on that emotional connection with the kids will have a lasting effect they’ll benefit from for years to come. Based on her TED talk, Jane’s wonderful new book “Little Meerkat’s Big Panic” is available now on Amazon.
Gary Direnfeld – On the folly of arguing in court after separation
This interview features Gary Direnfeld, internationally renowned social worker, keynote speaker and author of, amongst other things, the wonderful book Raising Kids Without Raising Cane. Gary talks with relaxed clarity and passion about the importance of choosing the right path in resolving your separation issues, and mentions particularly the folly of going to court. He makes clear that he is not a lawyer, and that speaking with his social work and counselling hat on, by and large if a court makes an order concerning your children, whichever parent ‘wins’ or ‘loses’ the fight to get that order, both parents will be faced with having to make that order work. He talks about how difficult that can be for you and your kids following a period where you have been painting each other in a bad light within a court structure that forces you to do so. His answer for those considering court, therefore, don’t do it (!), and choose mediation, collaboratively-trained lawyers, and the caring services that can surround the process and help you reach a child-focused resolution to your issues that you have designed and can find some peace with.
The Future of Online Mediation – with Ewan Malcolm
Meet Ewan Malcolm, Chief Executive of Relate London North West, in this wonderful interview about online mediation recorded via Skype. If you push to one side the slightly dodgy resolution in the audio, you’ll have the opportunity of listening to the thoughts of a genuine guru and pioneer of mediation in Scotland and beyond. Ewan established the Scottish Mediation Network here before working in New York and England, but still plays a major part in training and accrediting mediators in Scotland. Here he chats about online mediation, something being developed with more emphasis as time goes on and as the technology begins to improve and shape itself around the dreams of its creators, bringing dispute resolution, the chance to resolve differences in a civil, meaningful way, to more people than ever no matter their location or technological know-how. He talks passionately about his part in developing guidelines to make sure those entering into online mediation feel safe and confident, and how he sees this amazing service develop in the next few years.
How to stop arguing about your children with your ex!
This video features Scott C Docherty of McArthur Stanton, Solicitors (Dumbarton & Helensburgh), accredited CALM Mediator, author of How To Talk To Your Kids About Separation. His worrying analogy about THE GLASS CUBE might get you to re-think completely how you approach discussions with your ex about your kids after separation. Will you shatter the cube and move forward more positively with MEDIATION.
Intro to #videoCALM
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