Program Overview

Divorce Mediation Training Program

This intensive five-day divorce mediation training course provides students with the opportunity to fulfill an important role in family law under the tutelage of highly experienced experts in the field. This program has been approved by the Association for Conflict Resolution and is accepted by many courts and providers of mediation services for inclusion on divorce mediation rosters.


Registration is open for Spring! Register by Friday, April 21 to save your seat!


Spring 2017 course dates

  • Monday, May 8–Friday, May 12, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day

Summer 2017 course dates (Registration opens April 2017)
  • Monday, July 31–Friday, August 4, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day

Program Goals

Courses in the Divorce Mediation Training program touch upon the following subject areas:

  • Skills and knowledge to effectively mediate separation, divorce and post-divorce issues

  • Laws related to divorce, alimony and property division

  • Emotional issues in divorce

  • Effective techniques to deal with impasse

  • Intimate partner violence, power imbalances, screening for appropriateness for mediation

  • Legal and ethical issues for mediators

  • Dealing with high conflict and impasse

  • Practice building tools

Location and Time

This intensive five-day course is offered on Northwestern University's Chicago Campus:

School of Professional Studies

Wieboldt Hall

339 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Class Meeting Time: M–F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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Questions?  Contact: pdp@northwestern.edu

Click here to learn more about our Mediation Skills Training Certificate

Continuing Education Credits for Counselors, Mediators and Attorneys

IMHCA Credit (Mental Health Counselors)

  • The Divorce Mediation Training program is co-sponsored by the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association. The IMHCA is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to provide 40 CEs for LSWs, LCSWs, LPCs, LCPCs and LMFTs.

CME Credit (Mediators)

  • This course is approved for 35.8 general CME (Continuing Mediation Education) credits by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. Ethics credit is included in the General credits.

MCLE Credit (Attorneys)

  • This course is approved for 35.75 general MCLE credits by the Illinois MCLE Board. Of that total, 10.25 credits were approved as Professional Responsibility Credits by the Illinois Commission on Professionalism.
  • The program is approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System's Office of ADR Programs. Final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster. Furthermore, as the program covers Illinois-specific divorce laws and court procedures, for those who intend to mediate in New York, additional training in New York court-specific rules and procedures and relevant New York law may be necessary.
  • You may also earn continuing education credits for other jurisdictions. We will be able to complete any required documents, but you will pay the fees for the credits which may range from free to over $100. You may wish to review the American Bar Association CLE website and find your jurisdiction in advance.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Divorce Mediation Training certificate, students must complete an intensive five-day course, DIV_MED 201-0.

Core Courses:

  • DIV_MED 201-0 Divorce Mediation Training