Susan K. Boardman, Ph.D.

Marital Mediation creates a template of future interactions and behaviors addressing areas of conflict in the relationship.

Helpful Publications

Marital Mediation: A Psychological Perspective (2013), Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 31(1), 99-108.
Susan K. Boardman

This article describes marital mediation,a process that uses established mediation techniques to improve relationships, and its similarities to and differences from marital counseling. It also looks at the process from a psychological perspective, exploring aspects of the methodology that may explain its effectiveness in cases where counseling has failed. Finally the need for marital mediation is discussed.



Marital Mediation: An Emerging Area Of Practice (5/18/09)
Susan K. Boardman, John Fiske, Laurie Israel, Ken Neumann

This article describes the process of “Marital Mediation” as a relatively new field of family mediation, designed to keep couples together using established family mediation techniques. Previously many of these techniques were used solely in divorce mediation. We begin by describing what the process involves, how it differs from both couples counseling and divorce mediation, and why we believe it often works for couples when counseling has not. We also discuss suggestions for promoting the development of Marital Mediation using both research and marketing techniques.




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