Program Overview

Divorce Mediation Training Program

This intensive five-day 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 for Summer 2016 now open! Register by July 11.

Summer schedule: Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day

Registration for Fall 2016 will open in mid-July.

Fall 2016 course dates: Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day

Program Goals

Courses 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, 8:30am - 5:30pm

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Continuing Education Credits for Attorneys and Counselors

IMHCA Credit

MCLE Credit

  • This course was 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 pending approval 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 Skills