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The Benefits to Settling Your Conflict through Mediation rather than the Courtroom

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There are times when conflicts cannot be settled without a third party, but it is hard to come to the decision to settle a conflict in court. Fortunately, there is the alternative option of Orlando Family Mediation. Mediation helps resolve disputes between two or more parties without going to court. In the case of mediation, the neutral third party, which is Psychological Affiliates, facilitates the process of the two parties coming to an agreement. Family mediation may include prenuptial agreements, separation, divorce, alimony, child custody, estates, and family businesses.

There are many benefits to settling your conflict through mediation rather than court, namely time and money. While settling a conflict in court may take a minimum of months to even years, mediation could potentially take a minimum of a few hours. Due to this, the cost is also traditionally less expensive than settling a conflict in court. Another benefit to settling a conflict through mediation is control. If a conflict is settled in court, a jury or judge has the final say. If it is settled through mediation, both parties have more input on the outcome. Due to this, it is more likely that both parties will be content with the outcome rather than just one side. 

Robert Bush and Joseph Folger, two pioneers of one of the approaches to mediation, wrote “Across the mediation field, mediation is generally understood as an informal process in which a neutral third party with no power to impose a resolution helps the disputing parties try to reach a mutually acceptable settlement” in their novel The Promise of Mediation (2005). They emphasized how important it is for mediators to remain unbiased through the process. Like a jury, mediators see both sides of the situation. It is unethical for them to choose one side over the other. This unbiased opinion truly helps settle the conflicts clients may be facing with the best outcome possible for both sides.

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Orlando Family Mediation

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The process of Orlando Mediation is a very simple one. It is recommended that all parties involved meet with an Orlando family mediator together for the initial meeting. This allows the mediator to inform everyone involved of the process and to gather information on the issue(s) at hand. As the mediation process continues, depending on the situation, the mediator may request individual meetings. These individual meetings truly allow each party to express what they want and expect from the settlement. If a settlement is reached, it is expressed in writing and signed by all parties involved. Once the settlement is in writing and signed, it is final and enforceable. Orlando Mediators try their best to direct clients in the best way possible to reach a settlement. 

Whatever the case may be, the mediators at Psychological Affiliates are able to help resolve the case prior to or instead of legal action. The mediators at Psychological Affiliates, Dr. Amanda Janner, Dr. Robert Janner, and Dr. Deborah Day, are all certified mediators who have their post-graduate degrees in Psychology Orlando, FL. Our mediators have 40 hours of specialized training, which makes them qualified to handle your Orlando family mediation with an unbiased approach. 

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Finding the Right Orlando Mediator

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Orlando Family Mediation is a legal negotiation process in which the disputing parties are mediated by a neutral third party. Using a mediator is a preferred method for Orlando families seeking to resolve a dispute confidentially and less expensively. 

Orlando mediators are required to undergo 40 hours of exceptional training in order to become certified. When searching for a mediator to help you and your family, you should make sure they are properly certified through the state and have an exceptional background in the specific area you are interested in having mediated. Having an informal pre-mediation meeting prior to hiring an Orlando family mediator to determine if there is good chemistry between client and mediator is important to predetermining the success of the professional relationship. It is also a good idea to find out how long the mediator has been in practice, how many cases they have done in the past three years, what the quality of their initial training was and how frequently that mediator has been chosen to serve. All of these questions will guide you in helping you determine the best mediator for your family. 

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A Psychologist's Many Roles

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Monday, November 04, 2013

Many people see the role of a psychologist relegated to the chair and couch method of therapy, that their only role is that of a therapist, hashing out the mental states of celebrities and those wealthy enough to pay for their services. But these days, the role of psychologist is greatly expanded. They are used as consultants by law enforcement specialists, they advise politicians, and they help schools design curricula to encourage learning and growth.


Among some of their most important roles is that of a mediator, between two spouses who have decided to divorce. They also can help assess a child’s mental state and provide solutions for the difficult situations that children and parents often find themselves in when a divorce separates a family. Then, there are the more traditional therapist’s roles, including implementing hypnotherapy, and counseling couples in their relationships.

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