Mediators, human resource managers and other interested individuals may obtain a free copy of the 321-page book Party-Directed Mediation by Gregorio Billikopf of the University of California. The focus of the publication is on the mediation of deep-seated interpersonal conflict, so the book may also be of interest to attorneys and therapists. In Party-Directed Mediation the author shares two models: (1) the first deals with contention between co-workers; and (2) the second; for handling differences between supervisors and subordinates.

The methods used are somewhat controversial in that pre-caucuses are used (where the mediator meets with each party separately before ever bringing them together into a joint session). Once the parties are in the joint session, they speak directly to each other rather than to the mediator. The book also includes transcriptions of these mediated approaches, as well as chapters on interpersonal negotiation skills (engaging others in conversation when there are differences in opinion), and empathic listening (listening so others can vent and begin to hear themselves).

A free copy of the book may be requested by sending an envelope with (1) a self-addressed adhesive label, and (2) a $4.95 U.S. flat rate stamp (or a combination of no more than five stamps to cover the flat rate mailing cost – the USPS gets worried when users place too many stamps). Mail your stamp(s) and label to Party-Directed Mediation/c.o. G. Billikopf/3800 Cornucopia Way #A, Modesto, CA 95358.

The book can only be mailed to addresses within the U.S. Those who wish to download the PDF, can do so from any country, by clicking here. To contact Gregorio Billikopf, write to him at

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—From University of California news release