Practising Insight Mediation

By Cheryl A. Picard

© 2016

A practical companion to the much-acclaimed Transforming Conflict through Insight, Practising Insight Mediation is a book about how insight mediators do their work and why they do it that way. In the book, Cheryl A. Picard, co-founder of insight mediation, explains how the theory of cognition presented in Bernard Lonergan’s Insight can be used as the basis for a learning-centred approach to conflict resolution in which the parties involved improve their self-understandings and discover new and less threating patterns of interaction with each other through efforts to better their conflict relations.

Practising Insight Mediation features a wide range of valuable resources for any conflict practitioner, including in-depth descriptions of insight communication skills and strategies, a transcribed example mediation, sample documents, and a mediator’s self-assessment tool. The essential handbook for those interested in learning about and applying this fast-growing conflict resolution and mediation approach, the book also includes discussions of the latest research into the application of the insight approach to areas including policing, spirituality, and genocide prevention.

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  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.7in x 9.3in
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A practical companion to the much-acclaimed Transforming Conflict through Insight, Practising Insight Mediation is a book about how insight mediators do their work and why they do it that way

Practising Insight Mediation

By Cheryl A. Picard

© 2016

A practical companion to the much-acclaimed Transforming Conflict through Insight, Practising Insight Mediation is a book about how insight mediators do their work and why they do it that way. In the book, Cheryl A. Picard, co-founder of insight mediation, explains how the theory of cognition presented in Bernard Lonergan’s Insight can be used as the basis for a learning-centred approach to conflict resolution in which the parties involved improve their self-understandings and discover new and less threating patterns of interaction with each other through efforts to better their conflict relations.

Practising Insight Mediation features a wide range of valuable resources for any conflict practitioner, including in-depth descriptions of insight communication skills and strategies, a transcribed example mediation, sample documents, and a mediator’s self-assessment tool. The essential handbook for those interested in learning about and applying this fast-growing conflict resolution and mediation approach, the book also includes discussions of the latest research into the application of the insight approach to areas including policing, spirituality, and genocide prevention.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.7in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    Practicing Insight Mediation is filled with insights that point to practical wisdom. Though intended to prepare students and practitioners to use the Insight approach to mediation, it offers sage advice for mediators accustomed to any approach.”


    Vern Neufeld Redekop, Professor of Conflict Studies, Saint Paul University

    "As a longtime student of the Insight approach and current teacher and practitioner, I consider Practising Insight Mediation an invaluable resource. Picard clearly lays out how to skillfully elicit the threats that motivate conflict behavior and open possibilities for real, transformative change. Her work will be sure to enhance the practice of students, mediators and the larger conflict resolution community."


    Megan Price, Director, Insight Conflict Resolution Program, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

    "When our concerns are threatened, defensive rivalry flares automatically. In Practicing Insight Mediation you will discover how to unpick reactive entanglements; how to track feelings and their ignition energy lurking in threatened values, sparking defensive patterns in urban gang conflict, schools, communities, and international armed combat. Learn how to change communication patterns, and conflict transformation follows."


    Catherine Ali, consultant in mediation and restorative justice, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Author Information

    Cheryl A. Picard is professor emeritus in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. She now spends her time lecturing on and advancing the insight approach to conflict and insight mediation.
  • Table of contents

    CHAPTER 1: The Practice of Insight Mediation: An Introduction 
    CHAPTER 2: Insight Mediation: Helping Parties in Conflict Learn about Themselves in Relation to Others
    CHAPTER 3: Interaction and Insight: The Learning Theory Underlying Insight Mediation Practice
    CHAPTER 4: Facilitating Change Through Learning: Conducting the Mediation Session
    CHAPTER 5: Ensuring Appropriate Participation and Follow-Up: Before and After Insight Mediation 
    CHAPTER 6: Facilitating the Dialogue: Insight Mediation Skills and Strategies 
    CHAPTER 7: The Insight Approach to Conflict: Recent Achievements & Future Hopes 

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