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The Mediation Society is a non-profit organization based in Northern California that is composed of trained and experienced mediators who meet regularly to share information, develop mediation skills and techniques, and enjoy an atmosphere of fellowship among peers. To this end, the Society sponsors dinners, round tables and workshops in San Francisco featuring leading local, national and international speakers and subjects in the field of mediation. Membership in the Society and participation in its activities are intended to further the advancement of the practice of mediation, both locally and nationally, and to foster an appreciation for mediation as a valuable form of alternative dispute resolution.

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Duf Sundheim

Mediating and the Medical Profession by Duf Sundheim

The mediation professional has a lot to learn from our medical brethren.  Just as technology, data and research have changed the practice of medicine forever, the wide-spread application of those same tools in the mediation field could be just as profound.

There was a time, not too long ago, when doctors did commercials for smoking; people viewed surgeons with suspicion; and we were not aware of the connection between the food we ate and our health, much less the connection between our physical health and our mental health.   Doctors often were forced to rely on their gut instinct, because they lacked the tools to know otherwise.

This has all changed dramatically.  Today, the thought of a doctor doing an ad for smoking is unthinkable.  Through technology, physicians are able to perform operations today that were science fiction just a few years ago.  We now know that a thirty-minute walk and a crossword puzzle are food for the brain.  “Big data” has replaced “gut instinct."

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* Duf Sundheim is a meditator at GPS Mediation. In addition to mediating litigated cases, he serves as a court-appointed provisional director, volunteer settlement judge in Santa Clara County, volunteer mediator for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and teaches classes on mediation with judges and other ADR specialists.