Teen With Parent Mediation
Teen with Parent Mediation addresses conflicts within the family, specifically for teens (age 13 – 19) who are having trouble with their parents, at school, or with the law.
Common issues in a teen/parent mediation can be:
- work and/or school
- communication and/or spending time together
- chores, curfews, and other house rules
- boyfriends/girlfriends (including the parents)
- anything else causing conflict in the family
Teen with Parent Mediation begins with a short phone interview to identify the general issues. The family is assigned a mediator (sometimes a team of two) and a mutual mediation date is set.
In preparation, each family member talks privately with the mediator. In this confidential conversation, the mediator explores the key issues, how to voice the issues, and how to be open to listening to diverse perspectives on that issue.
During mediation, the parent(s) and the teen sit down in a safe, confidential setting to discuss their issues with a professional, impartial mediator who refrains from giving advice or counseling. The mediator is there to guide the conversation and ensure each person has the opportunity to express his or her viewpoint. The mediation process also helps each person to listen, build understanding, and identify ways to work together to meet the needs of the entire family.