Discuss The Knowledge, Ethical Considerations And Skills Required For Effective Mediation Processes

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Mediation can play a key role in resolving planning disputes, as the profession of planning is influenced by various stakeholders with conflicting land use interests. This essay seeks to critically discuss the knowledge, ethical considerations and skills required in conducting effective mediation processes. Firstly, this essay provides an overview of mediation and its role in land use planning disputes. Next, this paper lists the knowledge and training required for effective mediation processes. Furthermore, this essay critically discusses the communication and analytical skills required in mediation processes. Next, this paper critically discusses the dilemmas created by the notion of “neutrality or impartiality”. At last, this paper focuses on confidentiality as an ethical consideration and critically discusses the challenges it poses for mediators. Mediation exist in two main forms, which includes facilitative and evaluative (Sourdin, 2012, pp.69). However in Australia, the mediator role is considered to be facilitative and evaluative processes are rather considered to be blended processes, which are not purely defined as mediation (Sourdin, 2012, pp.69). The Nation Mediation Accreditation System of Australia defines “Mediation as a process in which the participants, with the support of a mediator, identifies issues, develop options, consider alternatives and make decisions about future actions and outcomes. The mediator acts as a third party to assist the participants

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