Conflict Management and Mediation
Mediation Service (CMS) of Ananda Institute is the newest program
in our family of conflict resolution services. CMS is specifically
designed for parents who are planning child custody and visitation
arrangements during divorce or separation.
When an adult relationship fractures or dissolves, the potential
for overwhelming conflict greatly increases. In this context,
anger, betrayal or other feelings of emotional injury can eclipse
parents’ abilities to keep the interests of their children foremost
in mind. At the same time parents need help recognizing that when
they separate or divorce, the close of the marital relationship
does not mean the end of parenting relationships. Out of divorce,
new families form and need strengthening—with the ongoing care
of loving parents who wish to help their children grow and mature
At Ananda Institute our professionals are here to help. We bring
clinical skill and insight to the work of navigating details and
making decisions when parents partition households. Our aim is
to open lines of communication, restore balance, and promote collaboration.
We help clients focus on planning for their children, rather than
against each other. We facilitate the effort to create joint living
arrangements that honor a child’s need to love and respect each
of his parents. In addition, we can develop individualized plans
for issues and concerns beyond the scope of custody planning.
The basic program is limited to five, two-hour meetings over a
3- to 5-week period, at a cost of $150 per meeting, and a documentation
fee of $125. The end product is a written agreement that can be
formalized through each parent’s attorneys, or submitted directly
to Family/Probate Court. In the event that an agreement cannot
be reached, we do provide a summary of the issues and obstacles
to resolution. However, we do not make custody recommendations.
The program directors, Dr. Joaquin Sanchez and Dr. Rosa Thomas-Lawrence,
are experienced in conflict resolution, as well as child and family
therapy. For inquiries into the Clinical Mediation Service, as
well as other family services of the Community Counseling Service
at Ananda Institute, please contact Dr. Sanchez at 544-4441, extension
342, or Dr. Lawrence at extension 343.