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Mediation, Arbitration, Small or Large Group Facilitation in Cedar Rapids,
Linn County and Eastern Iowa

“Mediation is a different approach to resolving disputes.
Parties derive satisfaction in successfully reaching their own agreements
with the help and guidance of a mediator.”
Christine L. Crilley

Christine is an Advanced Practitioner member of the  Association of Conflict Resolution and is a nationally approved Mediation Trainer as well.

A Different Approach to Dispute Resolution
In 1999 Christine became a Mediator certified by the Iowa Peace Institute.  She has been practicing Mediation since that time in a variety of areas of law.  Just as there are multiple areas of dispute: family issues, real estate/construction disputes, organizational conflicts (workplace, offices, churches) and civil litigation there are different approaches to resolving those disputes.

In 2015 Daniel took Mediation Certification training in regards to the Iowa Roster Mediation Programs.

Crilley Mediation Services is pleased to be able to offer a wider range of alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Mediation provides a non-adversarial environment for the participants to “let-their-guard-down” and work together with the mediator to explore alternative ideas and ways to reach agreement.

The Mediator is a neutral facilitator working to create a positive atmosphere conducive to settlement.

Benefits of Mediation
  • Save money on Litigation expenses
  • Move through the Litigation process more quickly
  • Parties control their own decision making -- not the Court
  • Mediation Agreements typically are longer lasting than Court Ordered resolution
  • Can help preserve relationships (can be easier on children)
  • Mediation works for multiple areas of dispute such as family issues, real estate/ construction disputes, probate disputes, and organizational conflicts (such as workplace, offices, churches, and schools).
There are multiple approaches to resolving disputes. Crilley Mediation Services offers the following:

Mediation provides a non-adversarial environment for the participants to work together with the Mediator to explore alternative ideas and ways to reach agreement. The Mediator is a neutral facilitator working to create a positive atmosphere conducive to settlement. Participants may attend with or without their attorney.

Problem Solving Mediation
In Problem Solving Mediation, the Mediator keeps the process moving from issue to issue; stage to stage working toward resolution and outcome; some Mediators prefer to work on “needs” while other Mediators prefer to work on “issues” (this depends on how directive the Mediator).  The Mediator controls the Mediation process.

The Mediator looks for opportunities of joint gain or “win/win.” Self-determination by the Participants in resolving their disputes is definitive, yet the Mediator guides that discussion between the Participants. 

The Mediator does not give the Mediator’s own view of the case, but helps each Participant to know the “case” of the other.  The Mediator facilitates the Participants to develop an “understanding” of each other’s case or each other’s needs.  The Mediator does not opinion as to probable outcomes or probable success of outcomes.

Usually Parties are together in joint session but sometimes participate in Caucus session.

Evaluative Mediation 
The Evaluative Mediator will provide opinion as to probable outcome, acceptance or rejection of Participant’s position by the court and likelihood of court success—in our office we offer Evaluative Mediation if attorneys are attending.

Caucus Mediation
Parties participate in separate rooms, not in joint session with the Mediator going back and forth between the two Participants; often times the attorneys for the Participants attend.

Facilitated Settlement
The neutral facilitator helps guide the parties through their own settlement of their disputes. Attorneys usually attend with the participants. Often is used with larger groups of Participants.

Note:   MEDIATION & FACILITATED SETTLEMENT may occur in a joint session with all parties and the mediator present.  Or, the session may be conducted in caucus style, meaning the participants are in separate rooms and the mediator works back and forth between the participants’ rooms.

Participants submit their disagreement to an impartial Arbitrator, usually agreeing that the Arbitrator's ruling in the dispute will be binding and final.   Non-binding Arbitration is not final and is not binding and may be used to evaluate the respective positions of the Participants.   Attorneys usually attend with the Participants for both binding and non-binding Arbitration.

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