The French Institute of Family and Systemic Constellations trains constellators/mediators, who are practitioners of Family Constellations and Systemic Representations. During personal consultations, group sessions, workshops, or seminars, they pass on their knowledge and practical methods, which do not include any form of medical diagnosis or therapy. Likewise, consultations with a mediator are not oriented towards psychotherapy, a domain which is reserved for specially-trained and practicing therapists. The orientation of these methods is “systemic,” that is, they are addressed not only to the individual, but also – and always – to the family, ancestral, tribal, ethnic, national, social, or professional system to which the individual belongs.
In his relationship to his client, the mediator’s first and foremost duty is to be at his own best possible level. This duty is ethical, since it is what permits him to be as useful and effective as possible at the service of his client.
Being “at our best possible level” does not mean we compare ourselves to other mediators or colleagues, but that we are sure to be in the best possible state of equilibrium and knowledge in relation to ourselves. This implies that:
- The mediator applies himself the techniques he proposes to his clients;
- He keeps himself informed at all times about the evolution of the field;
- He ensures that he is supervised regularly in order to avoid the risk of introducing deviations that are harmful to his client.