Faculty Profile

  • Margaret S. Powers

    Margaret S. Powers

    Margaret S. Powers is a divorce mediator and collaborative practice associate. She specializes and offers expertise as a child specialist, family therapist, and divorce coach. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Advanced Practitioner Mediator, her graduate degrees include psychology and social work. Serving in the mental health system for the past 36 years, she has been a full time conflict resolution professional since 1989. Her diverse experience includes community activist, family therapist, emergency room crisis intervention specialist, hospital social worker, and a divorce mediator for the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. She currently teaches family and divorce mediation at Northwestern University. Past faculty experience includes DePaul University's Center for Dispute Resolution. Powers has served on numerous committees and received many awards during her career. She served as a founding board member of both The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and The Association of Conflict Resolution, a Washington D.C. based international organization. She developed and founded the Illinois Social Work Mediators Network within the National Association of Social Workers. She served for 16 years as a board member, was past president, and currently serves as advisor to Mediation Council of Illinois. Powers is an advisor to the Board of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and board member of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution. She has taught mediation and conflict resolution for Allstate Insurance; the Federal Aviation Administration; the Anchorage, Alaska, Circuit Court and the  National Association of Social Workers. She has offered her skills in South Africa and Germany. Powers is a seasoned and skilled mediator who has been quoted in the Chicago Daily Law BulletinCrain's Chicago BusinessChicago TribuneDaily HeraldPioneer Press and the National Association of Social Workers Networker.