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December 08th 2015:Professional Family Mediators: Who Are They?

What is the history of family mediation in the U.S.? When, how, and why did it start? Many people thought that family mediation would become the first choice approach to divorce in the 1980’s. Why did that not happen? Why are there still so many people who have never heard of family mediation? Why does that matter? What makes a family mediator a professional? Why did the founders of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) decide to form the organization? What are APFM’s current goals? How will the public benefit from APFM’s work? How common is it for people to get divorced without

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Chip Rose

Chip Rose is recognized internationally as an innovator and expert in the field of mediation and collaborative conflict resolution. He has been teaching workshops in basic and advanced client-centered dispute resolution for many years. Chip’s published chapters include “Mediating Financial Issues” in “Divorce and Family Mediation: Models, Techniques and Applications” edited by Jay Folberg; “Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice,” in “Narrative Mediation: A New Approach to Conflict Resolution,” edited by John Winslade and Gerald Monk; and “Psychology and Divorce” in “The Financial Handbook of Divorce,” edited by Crumbley and Apostolou. Currently the President of the Academy of Professi
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Ken Neumann

Ken Neumann’s training is in child psychology and family therapy. Ken has mediated since 1982. He co-founded the Center for Mediation & Training to develop a theory and a framework for family and divorce mediation as well as a training model. Ken’s focus is on the tough cases. He consults, trains, supervises, and leads in developing new techniques, including a detailed model on how to break impasse in the typical custody dispute as well as Team Mediation (www.TeamMediation.org). Ken has served on numerous mediation boards and is a frequent presenter at mediation and other conferences.
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Stacey Langenbahn

Stacey Langenbahn, J.D. is the President of Détente Mediation Services in Colleyville TX. She is a Distinguished Credentialed Mediator in Texas and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Her peers have named her as one of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2012. Stacey is co-authoring the family mediation chapter of the State Bar of Texas’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook. She has practiced law for 24 years as a mediator, family lawyer, collaborative practitioner, and civil trial lawyer. As a Founding Director of the Texas Collaborative Law Council, she was a pioneer in civil collaborative law in Texas. She helped develop the Civil Collaborative
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Marilyn McKnight

Marilyn S. McKnight, M.A. is a mediator, trainer, and author who has practiced exclusively in the field of mediation since 1977. She has co-authored five highly successful books on mediation, is a Founding Board Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFMnet.org) and is an active member of the ADR Section of the Minnesota Bar Association. She has taught courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota - School of Social Work, at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN and at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She provides mediation services at Erickson Mediation Institute in Bloomington Minnesota.
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