The mediation may begin with a joint session involving all participants, or private sessions, depending on the nature of the case and the relation between the participants. Please be prepared to summarize your viewpoint and hear other perspectives in the joint session. The goal is not to prove your case, but to clarify your views for decision-makers among the other parties while educating the mediator. If there is a joint session, the mediator may use private caucuses with each party. In caucus, information can be discussed and creative solutions explored which may assist in working toward a resolution. The mediator will help each party confidentially evaluate their realistic options for resolution. Once negotiations generate an option which all sides feel is acceptable, the mediator will work with counsel to draft a summary of the agreed upon terms.