Since 1992, serving Santa Fe, Taos, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Ratón,
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1. WHAT IS MEDIATION?
I am strongly committed to creating safe spaces in which people problem-solve together to make effective mutual decisions. I provide mediation, facilitation and training for a broad range of issues—divorce (custody, timeshare, child support, division of property), work relationships, disability, special education, construction and other areas where creative problem-solving has been difficult.
“They should use this process as a first—not last—resort.”
Distinguish positions (what you want) from needs and interests (why you want them). People often disagree about the positions each one takes, but they can usually understand each other’s needs and interests. Mediators help each person express perspectives and needs in ways that others may hear and understand.
Although mediation often takes place around issues that may have legal implications, the best decisions are generally made by the participants—not by strangers. Courts have recognized this and often urge people to mediate rather than rely on the capriciousness of an overworked judge dealing with a crowded court docket.
I am a PROFESSIONAL mediator, with hundreds of hours of training and 25 years of experience in many areas. I was a full-time Family /Court mediator in the 2nd Judicial District Court (Bernalillo County) and continue to work with the Sandoval County District Court.
I have gained skills and experience so that I can better assist you in making your best decisions together. After hundreds of successful mediations, I am convinced more than ever that I do not know what’s best for you—and also that I can help you express your own perspectives and needs so that others can hear and respond. I am Certified by the New Mexico Mediation Association (http://newmexicomediation.org/certification/)
Many people call themselves “Mediator” without having had ANY formal training! If you are considering mediation, ask about extent of training and the range of experience of the person. NOTE: In New Mexico, there is no State licensing of mediators.
“Philip, There really aren’t words in any vocabulary I can think of to express how deeply grateful
2. WHAT IS MY APPROACH?
Clarifying questions help reduce the misunderstanding so often a part of conflicts. I can help brainstorm possible approaches to resolution. Cooperative problem solving replaces personal assumptions. I do have a responsibility to help you “reality test” proposals for resolution, including the consequences for not accepting a less-than-perfect outcome.
“Mr. Crump demonstrates great skill in fostering and atmosphere of trust in which differences in viewpoint may safely be expressed....He has also demonstrated an ability—through empathic listening—to help angry adults express their feeling safely, to clarify issues and re-establish working relationships.”
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3. HOW DOES IT WORK?
The mediation begins with signing the Agreement to Mediate. It sets out the conditions and characteristics of mediation, some basic ground rules for discussion, and the mediator's fee; I do not take retainer.
My critical question for you is—"What do you want to achieve in mediation?"
The typical outcome of mediation is a Memorandum of Agreement, which describes in writing the terms of settlement reached through mediation. For informal disputes, this is usually sufficient.
WHY MEDIATION WORKS:
You remain in control—in a confidential, informal and flexible process that moves at your pace
You get more of what you need—resolution on your terms of the important issues, big and small
Mediation is more affordable—and often faster than other ways of settling disputes or making decisions
Mediation is positive—“win-win” means focusing on getting everyone’s needs met, with mutual respect
Mediation inspires creativity—you become free to explore more options, collaboratively, and with safety
Mediation encourages hope—end “blame games”--open the door to many previously unseen possibilities
Mediation is goal-oriented—towards your own fair, complete and durable resolution of the issues
4. WHAT DOES IT COST?
The emotional cost tends to be much lower, since mediation provides a safe means of addressing relationship concerns as well as facilitating settlement of the specific issues.
The time cost tends to be a lot less—my schedule is flexible and we can work as quickly as you need.
The costs and conditions are outlined in the Agreement to Mediate signed by everyone present at the session. Sessions usually run an hour and a half to two hours, although I am happy to schedule daylong, evening and weekend sessions as needed; I work when you need me.
Mediation and Facilitation can provide broader satisfaction including:
• Substantive satisfaction (getting results)
All three are important for people who really want to move ahead, in a way that only settling the substantive issues cannot provide.
“A large part of the experience was the great planning and orchestration that Philip Crump provided. The family felt very empowered, supported, and informed. He is a gem.” –CYFD Social Worker
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5. WHAT IS FACILITATION?
I am experienced with both public and private facilitation—land-use and planning decisions, as well as strategic planning for boards and businesses and partnering on construction projects. I am proud to be a part of the New Mexico First facilitation team. The City of Albuquerque Land Use Facilitation Program provides a safe place for neighbors and applicants for planning changes to come together and hash out their concerns prior to formal hearing. I have been an active member of that land-use program since 1998.
Appreciative Inquiry is a special approach to organization development—how people work together effectively—that focuses on “what works” rather than what does not. Remember “Seek and ye shall find?” Well, if you look for problems, sure enough you will find them. Instead, looking for positive activities, strategies, approaches and attitudes helps individuals and groups learn how to strengthen what they may already know and gives life to organizations.
For group workplace disputes, a process referred to as “intervention” uses both mediation and facilitation techniques to help people talk safely and openly about the issues of concern and create new group understanding and agreements about how to make the work situation better for everyone. Many of the organizations listed in my professional resume have asked me to help them become more effective using this approach. See a lot more about this process and others at Planning & Facilitation
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