Divorce Mediation Training

Faculty

Ericka B. Gray

Ericka B. Gray has been a professional dispute resolver, conflict management consultant, and trainer since 1985. President and founder of DisputEd, Gray has served as executive director of the Academy of Family Mediators, executive director of two court-annexed dispute resolution programs based on the Multi-Door Courthouse model, and senior mediator, director of professional services, and regional training coordinator for the Boston office of JAMS. Previously she practiced as a psychologist with a specialty in crisis intervention and adult relationship issues. Gray has extensive experience in consulting and providing training in all areas of negotiation, mediation, and conflict management skills to corporations, nonprofit organizations, courts, and other governmental agencies. Her mediation practice includes all civil and commercial areas, including employment, contracts, business dissolution, personal injury, and environmental, healthcare, education, and family issues. A member of a number of mediation and arbitration panels, Gray has taught mediation at Boston College Law School since 1992 and at Suffolk University Law School since 2000. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts–Boston’s Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution and has guest lectured at Harvard Law School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Boston University, and Northeastern University. Gray has provided training for clients such as the National Advocacy Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Marriott International, and the National Academy of Arbitrators, among others. She is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the American Bar Association’s dispute resolution section.

Currently teaching:Divorce Mediation Training

Margaret S. Powers

Margaret S. Powers is a divorce mediator and collaborative practice associate with specializations as a child and family therapist and divorce coach. A licensed clinical social worker and advanced practitioner mediator, she holds graduate degrees in psychology and social work. Her diverse experience includes serving as divorce mediator for the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, and as community activist, family therapist, emergency room crisis intervention specialist, and hospital social worker. A full-time conflict resolution professional since 1989, she has been active in the mental health system for the past 36 years. Powers previously taught at DePaul University’s Center for Dispute Resolution. Recipient of many awards, she has served on numerous committees and as a founding board member of both the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the Association of Conflict Resolution. Powers developed and founded the Illinois Social Work Mediators Network within the National Association of Social Workers. Past president and a former board member of the Mediation Council of Illinois, where she currently serves as adviser, Powers is also an adviser to the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois board and a board member of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. She has offered her skills in South Africa and Germany and has taught mediation and conflict resolution for Allstate Insurance, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Circuit Court of Anchorage, Alaska. As a seasoned and skilled mediator, Powers has been quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, and the National Association of Social Workers Networker.

Currently teaching:Divorce Mediation Training