No, you don’t. The Mediator can reach out to the other person and explain the process and check if the other person is prepared to commit to it.
The Mediator will do a pre-mediation contact with each of you at which time the nature of mediation will be discussed, each person’s willingness to participate will be canvassed, and the type of conflict will be reviewed. It is important for Second Story Mediation to do an initial screening to make sure mediation is an appropriate process. The preparation meeting also gives you an opportunity to rehearse how you might approach the other person and to consider their likely response.
In cases where only one person is prepared to participate we offer individual sessions to help you understand differing perspectives, create strategies to address barriers and take steps toward achieving resolution of your conflict.
There are usual steps in a standard mediation. Having said that, it is a flexible process which can be tailored to meet your particular needs.
In Dauphin, Second Story Mediation rents space for mediations on an as-needed basis at The Hub, a co-working space located at 512 Main Street. The Hub is a comfortable, new building with a boardroom and separate office space for easy transition into private meetings if and when required. Mediation space in other communities would be arranged as required.