Mediation, in its simplest form, is merely a discussion during which individuals search for mutually agreeable solutions to their disputes with the aid of a mediator. The mediator serves as a neutral facilitator who works with the parties to open channels of communication, to inject reason into their discussions and to help each party see the dispute through the eyes of the other. The mediator will suggest compromises and carry offers and counter-offers between the parties. Unlike a judge or jury, mediators do not make decisions for the parties. Rather, mediators help parties reach their own conclusions and agreements on how to settle their disputes.