Matthew is a licensed master social worker with specialties in clinical social work, school social work, and conflict resolution. He has been working with children and families from all walks of life for over 10 years and is a family man himself, being a husband and father. Having had the opportunity to specialize his work with children and families, Matthew has seen the effects that family stress can have. All families have stressors at one point or another but it is how the family, led by the parents, deal with these stressors that shape the outcome for each individual involved.
Divorce or separations can be one of the most stressful events to happen in a person’s life. It’s a discomforting time that has many sharp edges. Unfortunately, and as many know, there can be many long lasting effects of a divorce. For some, it is the social aspects that are attached, for others it can create serious psychological trauma. For children it can be particularly difficult since they are not the initiators and do not have much of a say in any of the proceedings. It can be a confusing process, one which creates new life changes that they do not understand.
Although there is no singular solution to making everything perfect, the process of mediation is a step in the right direction. Mediation helps to build a bridge of communication between individuals by creating a more workable and functional relationship. This new means of interaction with one another is beneficial to everyone, particularly the children.
. . . After becoming a master conflict resolution specialist, I’ve truly found mediation to be an immense help in every aspect of my life. I realized that I changed the way in which I interacted with others on a daily basis. Not only does it help to create a better understanding of my own needs but it also helps me to key in and hear the needs of others. Using mediation makes things smoother, more acceptable, and much more desirable for not just myself, but everyone. – Matt Babcock