Like Narrative Therapy, Narrative Mediation helps people loosen the grip of the conflict-saturated stories that disrupt their lives and provides conflicted persons with new resources and tools to rebuild a new relational foundation on which to solve problems. With my colleague John Winslade we have developed the narrative approach to mediation and conflict and this is articulated in our published texts.
I apply narrative mediation in the field of collaborative divorce and mental health coaching with families whose parents are divorcing. I also apply narrative mediation in working with faculty and staff experiencing conflict who work in academia in college and university contexts. Narrative mediation and conflict resolution is a revolutionary departure from the traditional problem-solving, interest-based model of resolving disputes. Based upon a postmodern, social constructionist philosophy, narrative practice views conflict as arising within cultural contexts that have a direct bearing on how parties construct their perceptions of a particular event. The scope for addressing conflict with narrative mediation can be applied at the local level or international.