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Paperback – 208 pages
8.5 Inches × 11 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 580 Grams
BISAC: LAW / Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717220
Pub. Date: 2012-10-01

About the Authors

Jennifer E. Beer

Dr. Jennifer E. Beer, PhD, combines mediation experience with her cultural anthropology background to lead courses and workshops in mediation, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural communication. She regularly teaches a negotiation course at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania). Author of the Mediator's Handbook and of Peacemaking in Your Neighborhood, she has mediated conflicts and facilitated meetings for communities and organizations for 30 years.

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Caroline C. Packard

Caroline C. Packard, JD, is an organizational change and conflict response specialist and mediator with 30 years' experience in the field. She led Friends Conflict Resolution Programs for 15 years, and has trained hundreds of mediators. A cum laude graduate of Yale College and NYU School of Law, and a former corporate litigator with extensive formal training in individual and group psychology, Caroline has a special interest in the evolutionary psychology of group conflict and cooperation. She provides mediation and conflict-resolution services and training to organizations, families, and family businesses.

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Eileen Stief

Eileen Stief developed the mediation process and principles documented in The Mediator's Handbook, and trained a generation of mediators to work with community, multi-party, and environmental disputes. Now retired, she led the Friends Conflict Resolution Program's experiment in community dispute settlement and later specialized in environmental mediation.

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The Mediator's Handbook

Revised & Expanded fourth edition

by Jennifer E. Beer & Caroline C. Packard
with Eileen Stief



The popular Mediator's Handbook presents a time-tested, adaptable model for helping people work through conflict. Extensively revised to incorporate recent practice and thinking, the accessible manual format lays out a clear structure for new and occasional mediators, while offering a detailed, nuanced resource for professionals.

Starting with a new chapter on assessing conflict and bringing people to the table, the first section explains the process step-by-step, from opening conversations and exploring the situation, through the phases of finding resolution -- deciding on topics, reviewing options, and testing agreements.

The "Toolbox" section details the concepts and skills a mediator needs in order to:

  • Understand the Conflict
  • Support the people 
  • Facilitate the process 
  • Guide decision-making.

Throughout the book, the emphasis is on what the mediator can do or say NOW, and on the underlying principles and core methods that can help the mediator make wise choices.

Long a popular course textbook for high schools, universities, and training programs, The Mediator's Handbook is also a valued desk reference for professional mediators, and a practical guide for managers, organizers, teachers and anyone working with clients, customers, volunteers, committees or teams.

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