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?