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Divorce Mediation Certificate Program

Divorce Mediation Certificate Program

This intensive three-week 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.

Summer 2020 Register by:
DIV_MED 201-0 Divorce Mediation Training August 19, 2020


Fall 2020 Register by:
DIV_MED 201-0 Divorce Mediation Training September 15, 2020


Molly Pachan

Everyone I talked to said the quality of instruction at Northwestern would be superior to other options out there. It’s worth the wait. Do the quality course through Northwestern.”

Dr. Molly Pachan, Executive Director, Sankofa Psychological Services

About the Divorce Mediation Certificate Program

Divorce Mediation Program Goals

Divorce Mediation Program Courses

Explore all the Divorce Mediation Program Courses for detail on the program's offerings.

Tuition and Financial Aid for the Divorce Mediation Program


Complete details can be found on the Divorce Mediation Tuition and Financial Aid for the Divorce Mediation Program page.

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 35 CEs for LSWs, LCSWs, LPCs, LCPCs and LMFTs.

CME Credit (Mediators)

MCLE Credit (Attorneys)

  • This course is approved for 35.75 general MCLE credits by the Illinois MCLE Board. The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has approved for 10.25 hours professional responsibility credit. Please be advised that this course does not fulfill the 1 hour of diversity and inclusion CLE or 1 hour of mental health and substance abuse CLE under the revised CLE rule for professional responsibility in Illinois that went into effect on July 1, 2017.
  • 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.

Association and Court Approval

Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)

  • This course is an Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) approved 40-hour divorce mediation training program. ACR approved courses are accepted by many courts and mediation rosters to meet their basic training requirements in divorce and family mediation. Check with your local jurisdiction for specific information about training requirements.
  • This program is approved by the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission and satisfies the 40-Hour Family training requirements for certification as set out in the Requirements for Certification of Mediators for Circuit Courts.

Court Approved Training Program

  • Northwestern’s training program has been approved by the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of Cook County as satisfying one of the requirements to become a Certified Mediator in Cook County. Please see Rule 13.4(x)(b) for minimum qualifications for inclusion on Court-Certified Mediator roster for Cook County Domestic Relations Division.
  • 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.

Careers in Divorce Mediation

Mediators may work for themselves, or be appointed by courts to settle disputes. Judges, attorneys and social workers can further their career or start a new one with this program as a cornerstone. Read more on the Careers in Divorce Mediation page.

Find out more about Northwestern's Divorce Mediation Program

Contact SPS Enrollment Advisers

SPS Enrollment Advisers at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies can be a resource to you for inquiries regarding our certificate programs.

Divorce Mediation Core Course

Core Courses:Course Detail
Divorce Mediation Training DIV_MED 201-0

This intensive four-week, 40-hour synchronous course provides students with essential skills and knowledge required to mediate divorce and post-divorce issues such as parenting plans, property division, alimony, child support and children’s expenses, among others. This course also addresses screening for appropriateness for mediation, intimate-partner violence, power imbalances in mediation, and ethical and legal issues for mediators.


Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.

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