Parties will have an orientation session where the mediator will explain the process of each session like what the parties should focus on, how they should speak to one another, etc.
After this starter session, the parties could have any where from three to eight sessions. During each session the mediator will guide both parties to make their own decisions a resolution. This process allows both parties to really analyze the situation and to understand where each side is coming from.
Once a resolution is reach, the mediator will draw up a memorandum of understanding that specifies what issues have been resolved.