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, May 5 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

Fall 2017 course dates (Registration opens June 2017)

  • Monday, October 30–Friday, November 3, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day

Student Profile

Dr. Molly Pachan, Executive Director, Sankofa Psychological Services

Dr. Molly Pachan

A few years ago, Dr. Molly Pachan, a clinical psychologist and executive director of Sankofa Psychological Services, realized that more couples and families were sharing their frustration with the divorce process and approaching her about referrals for collaborative divorces and mediations as an alternative to fighting it out in court.  In response, Pachan decided it might be time to provide mediation services for Sankofa's clients.

To take on this initiative, however, Pachan wanted to make sure she specialized and became an expert in divorce mediation. To meet that demand, she completed the Divorce Mediation Training Program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.

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

Find out more about how the Divorce Mediation Training Program helped Dr. Pachan to start a new division in her group practice.

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

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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.
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.

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