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APFM Membership

Membership in APFM brings together the collective wisdom of advanced mediation practitioners, researchers and educators. APFM offers various levels of membership, ranging from new mediators to those who have practiced for thirty years or more. Further, APFM is developing a competency-based certification process for Family Mediators that will guide a member from entry into the field through certification. APFM also encourages professional development in other areas of mediation practice such as elder mediation, parent-child mediation, family business mediation, conflicts within intact families, intergenerational conflicts, family-centered real estate transactions, home renovation and construction, and conflicts involving non-traditional families, such as same sex couples and adoptions.

APFM Member Benefits

As a member of APFM, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some or all of the following benefits based upon your membership category:

  • Free access to APFM webinars
  • Peer consultation opportunities
  • Discounted fees for attending annual conferences
  • Discounts when listing programs on Training Calendar
  • A listing in APFM’s searchable Directory of Family Mediators

APFM Membership Categories

An Advanced Practitioner Member ($250):

  • Mediated 100 or more divorce cases to completion (including developing an equitable distribution plan and a memorandum of understanding, or a mediated marital settlement agreement) or a minimum of 500 total session-hours;  or 
  • Mediated 100 or more mixed types of family cases (e.g. divorce, parenting plans, elder disputes, post-divorce issue(s), court-connected custody/visitation, parent-child disputes) or a minimum of 500 or more total session-hours; and
  • Completed 40 hour basic family mediation training with training in domestic violence dynamics; and 
  • Completed an additional 40 hours of training or continuing education in family mediation; and
  • Completed an additional 20 hours of training/practicum or continuing education in mediation practice skills; and
  • Continues to complete at least 15 hours of on-going professional development every two years. 

A Practitioner Member ($200):

  • Mediated 20 or more divorce cases to completion (including developing an equitable distribution plan and a memorandum of understanding, or a mediated marital settlement agreement) or a minimum of 100 total session-hours, or 
  • Mediated 20 or more mixed types of family cases (e.g. divorce, parenting plans, elder disputes, post-divorce issue(s), court-connected custody/visitation, parent-child disputes) or a minimum of 100 total session-hours; and
  • Completed 40 hour basic family mediation training with training in domestic violence dynamics; and 
  • Completed an additional 40 hours of training or continuing education in family mediation; and 
  • Continues to complete at least 15 hours of on-going professional development every two years.

A New Mediator Member ($100):

  • Completed 40 hour basic family mediation training with training in domestic violence dynamics but has not yet met the requirements of a practitioner member; and 
  • Is engaged in on-going professional development.

A Student Member ($75):

  • Is a full-time matriculated student.  
  • A student member will receive all APFM benefits except the student member will not have a profile on the website.  

An Associate Member ($150):

  • Does not currently practice mediation (may be a friend, contributor, researcher, trainer, or educator to the profession).

An Institutional Subscriber Member ($75)

  • Is an institution (e.g., a university) that wishes to support and/or promote family mediation and stay abreast of developments in the field.

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