Before you begin mediation with Michigan Behavioral Health Mediation Services, it’s good to have a basic understanding of the mediator and their role.

The mediator’s key function is to help facilitate communications between you and the parties in your dispute and help reach a resolution. They are a neutral third-party who helps those involved come to a consensus on their own. Mediators of Michigan Behavioral Health Mediation Services are volunteers who come from all walks of life — attorneys, former educators, nurses, and more.

Regardless of their background, your mediator has completed training required by the state, as well as gained practical experience needed to successfully mediate disputes. Michigan Behavioral Health Mediation Services takes it one step further. Its volunteer mediators must also complete additional Advanced Michigan Behavioral Health Mediation Services training to ensure that they are prepared for mediation.

The role of your mediator is to help:

  • Assess the capability of the involved parties to negotiate their interests in an effective manner
  • Guide the mediation process
  • Guide the establishment of agreed-upon basic rules
  • Conduct the mediation process neutrally

Rather than focusing on one person’s view, the mediator is trained to focus on your concerns and those of the involved parties. Your mediator will encourage everyone to talk about their concerns, interests, issues, and options in order to contribute to the settlement. Remember, the role of the mediator is not to help the parties craft a solution that is mutually acceptable.

Also, a mediator isn’t an authority on your specific dispute matter, but skilled in mediation to help guide you through the process of resolving your conflict in a fair, confidential and unbiased manner.

Contact us today to find out if you’re eligible for Michigan Behavioral Health Mediation Services.