The APFM Outstanding Professional Family Mediator Award

Donald Saposnek

2019 Recipient

Dr. Saposnek is a clinical-child psychologist and family therapist in practice since 1971, and a child custody and family mediator and national and international trainer and consultant in mediation and child psychology since 1977. He has published extensively in the professional literature on divorce, child custody and child psychology. Dr. Saposnek is the author of the 1983 classic text, Mediating Child Custody Disputes, A Systematic Guide for Family Therapists, Court Counselors, Attorneys, and Judges, and the revised 1998 edition, Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach. He is also co-author of the 2012 book, Splitting America: How Politicians, Super PACs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce, and a co-author of the 2019 book, The Child Support Solution: Unhooking Custody From Support. He has taught on the Psychology Faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for 41 years, and is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution since 2009.

Jim Melamed

2018 Recipient

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