November 12, 2008

List of Leading Dispute Resolution Processes Omits Ombuds

An article at provides brief descriptions of the most common dispute resolution processes:
  • Arbitration
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Parenting Coordination

Ombuds are notably absent from this list despite the fact that the website has featured several articles (by Michael Eisner, Rick Russell, Marsha Wagner, and Ethan Katsch), and even videos (by Howard Gadlin) about Ombuds. Ombuds are certainly as well established in the ADR firmament as collaborative practitioners and parenting coordinators. They really should have been included.

1 comment:

  1. Tom, you're right...although I am struggling over whether they meant methods of actual resolution rather than identifying types of practitioners who utilize these methods...e.g., mediation, facilitation, and collaboration, rather than arbitrators, collaborative practioners and ombudsmen. Or, they may have tried to include ombudsmen into the broad definition of "collaborative practice."

    Cheers, Indu