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Practicing Narrative Mediation: Loosening the Grip of Conflict

ISBN: 978-0-7879-9474-7
336 pages
September 2008, Jossey-Bass
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Practicing Narrative Mediation provides mediation practitioners with practical narrative approaches that can be applied to a wide variety of conflict resolution situations. Written by John Winslade and Gerald Monk—leaders in the narrative therapy movement—the book contains suggestions and illustrative examples for applying the proven narrative technique when working with restorative conferencing and mediation in organizations, schools, health care, divorce cases, employer and employee problems, and civil and international conflicts. Practicing Narrative Mediation also explores the most recent research available on discursive positioning and exposes the influence of the moment-to-moment factors that are playing out in conflict situations. The authors include new concepts derived from narrative family work such as "absent but implicit," "double listening," and "outsider-witness practices."
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Table of Contents


1. How to Work with Conflict Stories: Nine Hallmarks of Narrative Mediation.

2. Negotiating Discursive Positions.

3. Tracing Discursive Positioning Through a Conversation.

4. Working with Cultural Narratives in Mediation.

5. Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice with Chip Rose.

6. Outsider-Witness Practices in Organizational Disputes with Allan Holmgren.

7. Employment Mediation with Alison Cotter.

8. Restorative Conferencing in Schools.

9. Conflict Resolution in Health Care.



About the Authors.


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Author Information

John Winslade and Gerald Monk are leading figures in the narrative therapy movement and authors of basic works in the field, Narrative Mediation and Narrative Therapy in Practice, both from Jossey-Bass. They began their work together at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, where they were also involved in the work of Waikato Mediation Services. John Winslade is a professor and coordinator of the Educational Counseling Program at California State University, San Bernardino. Gerald Monk is a professor at San Diego State University, Department of Counseling and School Psychology.

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