Therapeutic Family Mediation is a practice-based book grounded in a therapeutic family mediation (TFM) model created by the authors. TFM, unlike other practice models for family mediation, devotes special attention to family and emotional dynamics, and therefore can be used in a wider variety of cases. This comprehensive guide not only focuses on TFM, but also surveys the contemporary practice field to make readers aware of other models. In addition to the TFM model, the text includes topics such as creating parenting plans, working with patterns of conflict and money, drafting a contract, working with high-conflict couples and culturally diverse couples.
Howard H. Irving, B.S. (Rhode Island), M.S.W. (Connecticut), Ph.D. (Toronto), is a Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, and is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law. He is co-director of the combined Law and Social Work Degree Program. Dr. Irving is a founding member and a past-president of Family Mediation Canada. He was a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Hong Kong University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Irving is the author of five texts on family mediation and related topics. His most recent book is Family Mediation: Contemporary Practice Issues, published in 1995. Professor Irving has conducted several research studies on dispute resolution and is a consultant in family mediation and arbitration. Since September 2006, Michael L. Benjamin has served as the executive director of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Prior to FCCLA, Michael served as executive director of The National Council on Family Relations in Minneapolis, MN. Before that he was executive director of the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives, a component of the School of Public Health, George Washington University in Washington, DC. Michael began his career as a high school teacher teaching German in Beaumont, Texas. He co-authored a chapter with his spouse Marva P. Benjamin, "The Role of Leadership in Addressing Issues of Race and Ethnicity: Cultural Competence as a Framework and Leadership Strategy" in the 2004 book titled Promoting Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Understanding and Reconciliation. Also in 2004, he co-authored a chapter "Public Policy Advocacy" in the Family and Community Policy: Strategies for Civic Engagement.