Why screen for Power Imbalances?
A cornerstone of the mediation and the arbitration process is the protection of
self-determination. This simply means a partiesí ability to participate in the
decision-making and to voluntarily determine the outcomes of their disputes. In
order for this to happen fairly, each individual in the party must be screened.
The screener has a responsibility to determine whether there is anything
standing in the way of a personís full participation and to ensure that the
process is best for both parties involved. The following are examples of what
the screener is screening for: drug abuse, or other forms of addiction, mental
illness, history of domestic violence, anger issues, physical illness etc. In
short, anything that prevents a fair, balanced, emotionally and physically safe
process for both parties.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING SCREENING FOR POWER IMBALANCES?
member of the party will fill out and sign the intake screening
will meet with each party separately to determine if there are any
concerns and will provide safeguards to make the process safe for
This is a
confidential process in which neither individual in the party will
judged or blamed. The information will not be shared with the other
member of the party.
there is no prescribed screening process and no prescribed screening
report, the PC will determine how the screening will be undertaken.