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?

  • Each member of the party will fill out and sign the intake screening questionnaire.

  • Your PC will meet with each party separately to determine if there are any concerns and will provide safeguards to make the process safe for everybody involved.

  • 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.

  • Since there is no prescribed screening process and no prescribed screening report, the PC will determine how the screening will be undertaken.

 

 


Contact Information

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Office address: 497 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0N9