REGISTRATION: Click here to learn more about Dependency Mediation. Before registering for this course, please review the below information which includes the mediation certification and course eligibility requirements, course fees, etc.  By registering, you are asserting that you meet the below educational requirements for certification or have the permission of the instructor to take this course. Registration Fee: $1,125 until 10/14/21, $1175 after 10/14/21.  Your registration is not confirmed until you receive email confirmation directly from My Florida Mediator.  


​​Dependency Mediation Certification Training

October 28, 29, 30 & November 4, 5 & 6, 2021

Offered Online 

Primary Trainer: Gregory Firestone, Ph.D.
Approved by the Florida Supreme Court

​This course will be offered via Zoom.  Course attendees must participate via a computer or tablet with reliable high speed internet connection.  More details can be found

Course Brochure: 

Note: PayPal pay later and Venmo options available at the bottom of this page.

​​IMPORTANT  FLORIDA MEDIATOR CERTIFICATION INFORMATION: This course meets the Florida Supreme Court training standards for certification as a dependency mediator. There are additional requirements for certification by the Florida Supreme Court which are described in the Florida Rules for Certified and Court Appointed Mediators.  Click here to learn about all the requirements for mediator certification.

MEDIATION CERTIFICATION ELIGIBILITY: Registration is reserved for individuals who possess a master’s or doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., M.D., Ed.D., LL.M) degree. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree who have either five years mediation experience or a graduate certificate in conflict resolution may also register. Others may enroll with the permission of the instructor. The number of course participants is limited. 

REGISTRATION FEE: Register at least 10 working days prior to class start date for $1,125; after that the fee is $1,175. No refunds within one week of class start date. If you withdraw at least one week prior to class start date, a $35 administrative fee will be charged. Substitutions allowed until one day prior.  Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. My Florida Mediator reserves the right to cancel any programs in which case fees are fully refunded. Register online with a credit card, debit card or PayPal to confirm your space. A confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt of your registration and payment if space is available. Registration is not confirmed until full payment is received.


Thursday, October 28th Noon - 5:00 pm
Friday,  October 29th8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 30th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, November 4th Noon - 5:00 pm
Friday, November 5th 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, November 6th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

TEACHING METHODOLOGY: This course combines lectures, discussion and role playing to promote comprehensive understanding and practical skills development in the growing field of family mediation.

 Gregory Firestone, Ph.D. is President of My Florida Mediator and previously served as Director of the University of South Florida Conflict Resolution Collaborative. He has served continuously on standing alternative dispute resolution committees of the Florida Supreme Court for more than two decades (including seven years as Vice Chair of the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee) and as Official Observer (on behalf of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Academy of Family Mediators) to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Uniform Mediation Act Drafting Committee. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Family Court Review and has received numerous awards including the 2012 Florida Supreme Court Sharon Press Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Award and 2011 Florida Academy of Professional Mediators Merit Award.  Dr. Firestone is a licensed psychologist (PY3033), mediator, mediation trainer and dispute resolution system consultant and has maintained a private mediation practice since 1984. Gregory Firestone is a practicing 1) Florida Supreme Court certified Appellate, Circuit Court, Dependency, and Family Mediator, 2) Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Advanced Practitioner, and 3) Diplomate Member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediator.  Dr. Firestone has lectured and published widely in the field of mediation and is coauthor of Mediation Works: Make it Work for You, a family mediation orientation video produced by the Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center.


Attorneys: Approved by the Florida Bar (2003064N) for 48 general CLE Credits including 5 Ethics Credits, 1.5 Bias Elimination Credits, 48 hours of Juvenile Law Credits and 48 hours of Marital and Family Law Certification Credits.  

Psychologists and Mental Health Professionals: Continuing Education, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Education, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Designation: As an organization approved by the American Psychological Association, Continuing Education, Inc. is offering this activity for a maximum of 40 hours of continuing education credit.  Each psychologist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea and My Florida Mediator. The Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mediators: Portions of this mediation certification course are eligible for CME credit.  Mediators are required to self-report hours applicable to their areas of certification at the time of their renewal.  For more information on CME requirements, visit www.flcourts.org, select Alternative Dispute Resolution found under the Resources and Services tab.​

COURSE LOCATION: This course will be offered via Zoom.  Course attendees must participate via a computer or tablet with reliable high speed internet connection.  More details can be found 

here to learn more about Dependency Mediation.