Simulation of Family Mediation – Choosing a College for Our Niece Elizabeth

MEDIATORS/PARTICIPANTS

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  • Susannah (Vermont, USA) – Mediator
  • Deborah (Florida, USA) – Party 1
  • Kelly (Michigan, USA) – Party 2
  • Giuseppe (Hawaii, USA) – Coach

THIS CASE IS A NUTSHELL
Two Sisters Who Own & Live Together in an Apartment in San Francisco Need to Make Some Important Decisions About Their 17-Year-Old Niece Elizabeth, After She Lost Both Parents in a Car Accident in Australia.

  • Can Elizabeth Fly Back to the USA and Live with Them?
  • Which College Should She Attend – a Community College or a Prestigious, Private College?
  • How Will Both Sisters Share Her Tuition?
  • If They Can’t Reach an Agreement Within 30 Days, Their Niece Elizabeth Will Stay in Australia.

LESSONS LEARNED (Discussed During the Debriefing Session)

  • Why In This Case the Mediator Felt It Was Not Necessary to Have Private Sessions.
  • Why Both Parties Felt At Ease With Their Mediator and Found Her Neutral & Empathic.
  • Why Both Parties Found Useful to Participate in Mediation.

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