A mediator is someone who stands in the middle to help resolve a dispute. Most people are called upon to mediate a small dispute at various points in their lives. However, mediation as a profession is quite different from what most people are familiar with. Professional mediation is a demanding, difficult job that requires special mediation training and lots of practice to do well. It also requires a person who can set aside their own beliefs about a conflict and concentrate on what the people involved are willing and able to do.
Professional mediators do not decide who is right and who is wrong. Nor do they decide what people should do about their problem. Instead, mediators work to create a safe environment where people can work together to gain a better mutual understanding of the situation.
Mediators also provide assistance in helping people discuss possible options that might solve the problem. The goal is to ultimately create a solution together that is acceptable to all who are directly involved.
Jill Goldstein is just that person. Jill Goldstein is passionate about the mediation process. Having had personal experience with a lengthy, emotional and costly litigated divorce, she is dedicated to keeping families out of the courtroom.
Jill Goldstein was trained and did her internship at the Erickson Mediation Institute, a prestigious institute that has been performing mediations and training mediators for over 30 years and continues her affiliation with them to this day. She is a qualified neutral under Rule 114.
She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and criminal justice from the University of St. Thomas. She also has several years of counseling experience which was the catalyst for her career in mediation. After referring countless couples to the mediation process, Jill observed that couples came to a quick and peaceful resolution because the process was based on self-determination and was managed with the clients and their children as the main focus.
Jill is passionate about assisting individuals in making their own separation or divorce decisions and helping families plan their future. Couples who are focused and committed to the mediation process will find Jill to be their advocate in developing their own standard of fairness and crafting a creative resolution that feels fair to both.
"I am their guide through the mediation process assisting them in making that future a reality. Working together we can avoid the expense and emotional toll of the often adversarial judicial system."
Due to her personal experience as well as professional experience, she is able to assist families through the painful process of divorce as well as holds dear to the belief that any situation can find resolution through mediation.
The goal of mediation is to empower all parties while seeking fair solutions and resolving disputes respectfully. With a better process, you can have better outcomes!