Show 96 – Family Mediation and Exploring Conflict

Louise Pelletier joins host and producer of Family Matters Radio, Wendy McDonnell, to discuss Family Mediation and Exploring Conflict. Louise is the contact person for family mediation with an organization called Facilitated Solutions. She works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her group of mediators work with couples seeking separation or divorce as well as people who are interested in working on their relationships.


For example, one couple contacted them because the kids were about to leave the nest; they were scared and trying to decide whether they wanted to continue in their relationship or not. Another time their team worked with a stepparent trying to renegotiate a relationship with stepchildren who were grieving the loss of their parent.


If you’re looking for a resource in the Guelph Area, visit Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener, Ontario.


Family Matters discusses how the process of Family Mediation sheds light on what’s important to everyone involved with the help of a person who brings curiosity, questions, and listening skills. Folks respond to conflict differently but in somewhat predictable ways.  Find out how each family member shifts their story to incorporate new information shared by others, as a family explores conflict and the meaning it holds for each person.

We also discuss what parents can do to create an environment to foster the skills of conflict exploration, listening, curiosity, and problem solving in themselves, their children, and their family.


Aired live: Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 0800-0900 Eastern Standard Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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