Clinic on Dialogue Mediation and Facilitation

Coordinated by Professor Maria Cecília de Araújo Asperti, the Clinic on Dialogue Mediation and Facilitation aims to raise awareness and train the use of mediation and other forms of dialogue facilitation, as these have a deep and lasting transformative potential for strengthening people’s sense of citizenship and belonging to a community.

One of the fronts of the Clinic takes place at the community level, where it acts together with the Bela Vista Social Network. Students participate actively in collective efforts for citizenship and disseminate informative booklets on mediation, contributing to the dissemination of this form of conflict resolution; it is an effective means of solution and formation of citizens who become more aware of their rights and duties and able to solve their conflicts.

The clinic also analyzes consensual forms of conflict resolution in the Judiciary, analyzing real conciliations that take place before or during a lawsuit, and promotes business mediation simulations with students from other educational institutions.

Projects

Booklet on Mediation

The Booklet on Mediation prepared by clinic's students in 2012 aims to disseminate community mediation, whether in collective efforts for citizenship, sustainable changes, or even in activities carried out in schools and other entities in the neighborhood. In a simple and direct way, it explains how mediation works, its purpose, and in which cases it can be used. The booklet was distributed to clinic's students in two events, to promote citizenship in the Bela Vista neighborhood, where they had the opportunity to present the concept of mediation directly to the population.

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Participation in a Hospitality Course for Women in Situations of Social Vulnerability

Students from the Clinic on Dialogue Mediation and Facilitation participated in the hospitality course held by the São Paulo Association of Family Support (APAF), oriented to inserting women in situations of social vulnerability in the labor market. Thus, they used community mediation as a way of empowering those involved in the conflict, and encouraged the search for consensual ways of solution.

APAF is part of the Bela Vista Social Network, a partner of the clinic. While daycare centers that it keeps take care of the children, the hospitality course takes care of the mothers, offering courses and assistance in psychological and legal issues, besides being a place where activities are carried out to develop the skills and competencies that give these women chances of getting jobs.

The students developed a dynamic on mediation techniques, based on the booklet prepared by the clinic, and menuened to the most common conflicts that these women went through, working on mediation in the area of gender, family, and violence.