APFM 2021

A New Beginning: Reimagining the Art and Science of Family Mediation

Conference: October 15-16, 2021
Preconference Institutes October 14
online via Zoom

Keynote Speaker

Susan Guthrie

Susan Guthrie, Esq., presenting

Now that We Have a Choice: What Does the Future Hold for Family Mediation?

Once upon a time, virtual mediation was an interesting, but not a mainstream, option for some professionals. Then, along with Covid came a mass transition to online mediation. For many of us, this transition was necessary, but brought fear as we faced the unknowns of practicing online.  Now, we find ourselves at a new beginning, with a world of options and a great deal more knowledge and insight into what works and what does not for family mediation practitioners and our clients. Is now the time for mediators to collaborate and reinvent the art and science of family mediation? It has been said that, as a result of Covid, the mediation field jumped forward 10 years, in the space of just one year. We will explore what this means for the profession, as we emerge into the post-pandemic world.

About Susan Guthrie, Esq.

Susan Guthrie, nationally recognized as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the United States, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for 30 years.  Susan provides exclusively online divorce mediation and legal coaching services to select clients around the world through her business Divorce in a Better Way.  Susan has also recently partnered with mediation legend, Forrest “Woody” Mosten, to create the Mosten Guthrie Academy to provide cutting edge gold-standard trainings for attorneys, mediators and other professionals.

As a leading dispute resolution professional, Susan is honored to serve on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution as the Membership Officer and to be a Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee and Annual Advanced Mediation Skills Institute.

Susan is also an internationally well-regarded expert in online mediation and has been training colleagues and other professionals in the practical and ethical considerations of conducting their mediations online with her innovative programs and webinars for more than two years.  To date, more than 15,000 dispute resolution professionals have benefited from her program and she has trained mediators in countries all around the world including programs for the American Bar Association (ABA), the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC), and the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) among others.  Susan founded Learn to Mediate Online™ in 2018 and now offers more than 7 programs for professionals all designed to help them to advance their skills and their practice to new heights.

Susan was recently awarded the prestigious L. Randolph Lowry Award from the Southern California Mediation Association for 2020 which is presented to a member of the dispute resolution community who has honored and inspired us through their passion and dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution.   In addition, Susan was named to the Executive Committee of the newly formed Online Mediation Training Task Force, created to make recommendations regarding standards and practices in the field.

In addition to her other professional endeavors, Susan is an award-winning podcast host.  Having reached a podcast listening audience of almost 4 million in the past two years, Susan is the creator and host of the hit podcast, The Divorce and Beyond Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. which debuted on iTunes’ “Top Podcasts for Self-Help” List.  She recently launched The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. to bring current information, updates and news on ODR to her thousands of followers.

Susan has been featured in and on media outlets such as CNBC, Market Watch, Forbes, Eye on Chicago, WGN, the ABA’s Just Resolutions Magazine, Thrive Global, The Nook Online among others.

She is licensed to practice law in the States of California and Connecticut as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Join Susan at the Pre-Conference Institutes

Susan Guthrie fans will be pleased to know that, along with Michael Aurit, Karen Aurit and Don Saposnek, Susan will be facilitating the October 14th Pre-Conference Institute, 21 Truths of Divorce and Family Mediation. Learn more and register today.

Thank you Conference Sponsors!

APFM Sponsors 2021

Premier Conference Sponsor


Presenting & Keynote Sponsor

ADR Notable

Presenting Sponsor

Our Family Wizard

Plenary Sponsor

Vetting the House, Inc.

Annual Meeting Sponsor


Conference Sponsor

High Conflict Institute

State and Local Partners

  • Arizona State University's Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center at The Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law
  • The Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario
  • Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Heartland Mediators Association
  • Indiana Association of Mediators
  • The Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • The Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc.
  • North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators
  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
  • Southern California Mediation Association

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