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Is ADR the Holistic Option in a Legal World?

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Holistic (Naturopathic) Medical Practices have been around since the Early BC ages.  As time has passed it has continued to evolve into the respected empire it is today.  This is comparable to the path Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has taken in that talking through problems and working through conflict isn’t anything new.  However, the skills and techniques have evolved becoming more formalized and thus, more accepted.

Both Naturopathic Medicine and ADR have professional associations, educational programs and a steady ‘following’.  However, both also share a fair amount of doubt in terms of effectiveness despite research explicitly stating the contrary.  For example, some people would argue ‘why use essential oils to alleviate your migraines when you could take these pills?’  Similarly, ADR doubters can be heard saying ‘why would I mediate this when I can just sue the other person/company?’

Why would you mediate?  The answer to this seemingly simple question is complicated and would vary by case, practitioner and client.  In large part, Mediation allows a forum to voice all sides of an issue and discuss potential solutions that are beyond the realm of black and white.  Mediation allows for a full color spectrum in the resolution.  In Mediation, or other forms of ADR, the clients are empowered and have options in comparison to a typically black and white legal system.

Much like Naturopathic Medical approaches, ADR isn’t suited for every situation or person.  There are plenty of situations where ADR would be a disservice and a more black and white system would be appropriate.  However, ADR shouldn’t be an afterthought but a readily available and viable option for people, companies and other entities experiencing conflict.  As practitioners it is our responsibility to inform the public about the benefits of utilizing this ‘holistic’ approach but sometimes one just needs to experience it to truly appreciate the benefits.

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Kathleen Folkerts

Conflict Specialist at Affirmative Dispute Resolution
Kathleen Folkerts is a Nebraska Conflict Specialist with formal training in resolving disputes.She received her Master’s degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute at Creighton University in Omaha. Learn more about Kathleen here.
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