Family Mediation Certification Training
February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15, 2025  
Primary Trainer: Gregory Firestone, Ph.D.
Approved by the Florida Supreme Court & nationally by the 
Association for Conflict Resolution
- Offered online via Zoom.  

- Free help scheduling required mediations to observe/co-mediate.

- Free CLEs, CEUs, CPEs, CMEs awarded as described below.

- Additional Expert Faculty described below.

IMPORTANT  FLORIDA MEDIATOR CERTIFICATION INFORMATION: This course meets the Florida Supreme Court training standards for certification as a family 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.  

 Register at least 2 weeks prior to class start date for $925; after that the fee is $975. 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, February 6th: Noon - 5:00 pm
Friday, February 7th: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 8th: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 13th: Noon - 5:00 pm
Friday, February 14th: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, February 15th: 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 Affiliate Associate Professor in the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health.  He previously served as Director of the USF Conflict Resolution Collaborative (aka Mediation Institute) for twenty-two years. Greg has served 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 mediator, mediation trainer, dispute resolution system consultant and retired clinical psychologist. He 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.  Greg 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.


Christine Derr, Esq. is a Board Certified Marital and Family Law attorney representing clients exclusively in family law matters in collaborative law, traditional litigation, limited scope representation, appeals, and mediated settlements as well as mediating family law cases. Christine is co-chair of the Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and on the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She is past Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Marital and Family Law Section.

Sonya Johnson, CPA/ABV/CFF is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a trained family mediator. She is a Managing Member of Girard & Johnson, LLC which provides forensic accounting services including litigation support, business valuation, collaborative divorce and mediation assistance.

Michelle Artman Smith, Esq. is Alternative Dispute Resolution Director for the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She is a licensed attorney and Florida Supreme Court Certified County, Family, and Dependency Mediator and serves on the Florida Supreme Court Mediator Qualifications and Discipline Review Board.


Attorneys: This course is approved by the Florida Bar (2403921N) for 47 general CLE Credits including 5 hours of ethics, and 47 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.

Social Workers:  As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Continuing Education, Inc is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 40 Clinical continuing education credits. Does not apply to the following states/provinces: New Jersey, New York, Yukon Territories.

 This course qualifies for 28 technical business hours and 19 behavioral CPE Credits for Florida CPAs. Proof of attendance will be provided.

Physicians: 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 

REGISTRATION: Before registering for this course, please review the below information which includes 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: $925 until 1/23/2025, $975 after 1/23/2025.  Registration is not confirmed until you receive email confirmation directly from My Florida Mediator.  We will collect your current contact information after you register.