Parent-Teen Mediation Conferencing brings youth and their parents together to assist them in engaging in difficult conversations. This process is led by a mediator and allows family members to participate in conversation with the goal of developing a mutually agreeable and practical plan to meet their specific needs. This is not counseling, but rather a process which allows all participants to communicate on an even playing field and resolve common family issues such as use of technology, curfews, and substance use. It is a tool to improve communication and can be used before, during, and after counseling or other interventions.
Effective communication is the key to resolving conflicts and strengthening relationships. Engaging in a process with respect, shared responsibility, and accountability allows participants to develop solutions with immediate, attainable, and measurable action steps. Parent-teen mediation conferencing relies on the family’s individual and collective strength to restore relationships, activate self determination, and enhance a sense of shared values.