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M5D2: Reframing

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This activity addresses module outcome 1. Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • MO1: Apply the reframing technique. (CO1, 5)

Reframing a mediation or conversation is turning a negative into a positive. It is easy to let the parties bring down the mediation to match how they may be feeling about the dispute. As the mediator, it is imperative the direction of the mediation change towards more positive feelings and, in turn, more positive outcomes.

Reframe the following statements to set a more “problem-solving atmosphere” for the mediation.

  • “I want things to change, but with all the problems we have now, it’s impossible for it to get better.” Explain your reason.
  • “I think that is a normal thing to do. Wouldn’t you do it that way, too?” Explain your reason.
  • “We can’t talk because he is like all men; he avoids all of the problems and says he is busy when he doesn’t want to talk about our problems.” Explain your reason.
  • “She would be a better mother if she made those little kids behave better and had them stop riding bicycles on my front sidewalk.” Explain your reason.

In your responses to peers, be sure to offer helpful suggestions for their reframed statements.

Post your primary response by Friday, 11:59 pm EST. Read any postings already provided by your instructor or fellow students. Read and provide a substantive response to the conclusions drawn by at least two of your classmates by Sunday, 11:59 pm EST. Remember to read the feedback to your own major postings and reply to it throughout the module.

As you will see in the rubric, to maximize your points on the discussions, you should make sure you adhere to the following:

  • Consistently synthesize and tie in specific, relevant information and examples from course materials, and from own experiences or current events, to support ideas.
  • Frequently make comments that build on what has already been said and extends the discussion, moving it forward. Encourage a deeper analysis of content by asking meaningful, relevant questions about postings.
  • Posts are well-organized, clearly, and concisely written. The posts are easy to read and free of spelling and grammatical errors. Sources, if applicable, are present and cited correctly. Posts are courteous and respectful of other viewpoints.
  • Posts are made on three separate days throughout the module; AND Number of posts meets or exceeds the number of required posts.
  • Makes first substantial and meaningful contribution to academic discussion and posts responses by due dates at 11:59pm.

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”  This is a “post first” discussion forum, which means you must submit your initial post before you can view other students’ posts.

To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.


This discussion will be graded using the SPS Default Discussion Rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 50% of your final course grade.