Welcome to the Connecticut Mediation Association

The Connecticut Mediation Association (CTMA) is an organization bringing together mediators and supporters of mediation. CTMA is dedicated to building support to advance the use of mediation across Connecticut.

Our members are individuals who support these goals and are engaged in making these goals reality. Mediators in Connecticut practice in various disciplines and arenas. By bringing mediators together, our hope is to improve the use of mediation as a process for resolving conflict.

Some of the ways we plan to accomplish our goals:

  Educate

Provide education and support for the benefit of mediators in Connecticut.

  Advance

Advance best practices in the field of mediation.

  Promote

Promote mediation as a form of dispute resolution in Connecticut through public education, resource development, and other means.

Mediation serves as a viable alternative to litigation for a myriad of reasons. To this end, CTMA offers an association of trained mediators for the greater CT community.

Styles of Mediation

Narrative

Excellent for parties that have an on-going relationship beyond the mediation, this style of mediation focuses on creating distance between the parties, on the one hand, and the conflict, on the other, through story telling. Once the story is told, the disputants then work with the mediator to create a new story, one that involves agreement and resolution.

Transformative

The goal of transformative mediation is quite appropriately the transformation of the relationship between the parties. The mediator accomplishes this by focusing on the interactions between the disputants. They facilitate constructive communication by empowering the parties and encouraging recognition of differing points of view.

Evaluative

Evaluative mediation focuses on determining the strengths and weaknesses of the legal issues in a case; anticipating how a judge or jury might respond. The parties can meet separately and the mediator often directly influences the outcome of the mediation.

Facilitative

This style of mediation focuses on the interests and needs of the parties and the role of the mediator as an impartial facilitator. The mediator guides parties through a problem-solving process that focuses on active listening and self-determined solutions. Substantive subject knowledge is not required as these mediators guide the process, not the content of the mediation.