Why is Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) approval of the Family Mediation Course, in addition to approval by the Florida Supreme Court, important?

Because our Family Mediation Course is approved nationally by the Association for Conflict Resolution, this course is also recognized as meeting some of all of the family (divorce) mediator training requirements in some other states around the country.  

Are there any other Family Mediation Certification Courses offered in Florida that are approved by both the Florida Supreme Court and the Association of Conflict Resolution?

We are not aware of any other course that has ever been approved by both the Florida Supreme Court and the Association for Conflict Resolution.  In order to achieve this distinction, we had to meet the separate and rigorous training standards of both the Florida Supreme Court and ACR.

How many Florida mediators are approved as ACR Advanced Practitioners?

Dr. Firestone is one of only a handful of mediators in Florida who has been recognized by ACR as an Advanced Practitioner.

What is the Association for Conflict Resolution?

ACR is an international professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world.  ACR was formed in 2001 from the merger of the Academy of Family Mediators (“AFM”); the Conflict Resolution Education Network, the successor organization to the National Institute for Dispute Resolution (“NIDR”); and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, Inc. (“SPIDR”).

What are some of the publications and standards adopted by the Association for Conflict Resolution?

ACR publishes the academic journal Conflict Resolution QuarterlyACResolution magazine and the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators adopted by by the American Bar Association (ABA), American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Association for Conflict Resolution.  ACR has also endorsed the Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation adopted by the ABA Family Section, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and several state mediation organizations.