APFM Verified Training Overview
APFM has developed a trainer self-verified Application with specific requirements to secure “APFM Verified” status for any introductory 40-Hour Family & Divorce Mediation training programs with the goal of casting a wide net and allowing for customization and flexibility of these programs. Additionally, different states have court and other programs that have their own specific requirements that trainers will incorporate into their programs so that programs can meet the needs of both private and court mediators. There is no fee to apply.
TO SECURE AN APFM VERIFIED 40-HOUR TRAINING, THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS ARE REQUIRED FOR SUBMISSION:
1. Completed APFM Verified Training Application
The Application may be completed online and found below. In addition to basic information, it also includes a self-verified checklist of APFM’s 16 Identified Training Outcomes, and you are attesting to certain facts, such as the trainer holds active mediator malpractice coverage, and that the trainer has never had his or her professional license suspended or revoked.
2. CV(s) for Lead Instructor and any Co-Trainers
Please submit the instructor’s CV. Lead instructors should hold the status of “Advanced Mediator” of APFM, or “Advanced Practitioner” of ACR’s Family Section, or show equivalent accreditation credentials. The lead instructor must also have previous experience as a presenter in relevant workshops, seminars, and courses.
3. Attestation(s) of Lead Trainer/Co-Trainer Qualifications
The attestation must be completed by each lead trainer and any co-trainer involved in 20 or more hours. It is available for download here.
4. The student training manual provided to trainees
Please submit a clear and comprehensive training manual for students. At a minimum, the manual and training materials should address the following content areas: conflict resolution theory, mediation theory, communication skills, divorce reactions and needs, legal aspects of divorce, child custody and parenting time, financial information that includes child and spousal support and division of assets and liabilities, tax aspects of divorce, ethics, and domestic violence awareness, identification and interventions (minimum of two hours). The manual should also include understanding mediator strategies such as reframing, questioning, summarizing, agenda setting, and other useful skills.
5. The training schedule
Please submit the schedule for each day of your training program. The schedule should show the time allotted to each topic and the speakers(s) for that topic. Training programs should include a variety of teaching methods, such as discussion, lecture, role play, video, demonstration, and should include relevant assigned readings.
NOTE: Training programs must be taught over a period of five days, or more, for 40-hour programs. Breaks, lunches and reading time are excluded from hours needed towards the 40-hour requirement.
6. TO REMAIN APFM VERIFIED, PROGRAM TRAINEES MUST BE PROVIDED A LINK TO A BRIEF 1-MINUTE APFM SURVEY ABOUT THE TRAINING. EACH STUDENT MUST COMPLETE THE SURVEY IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING COURSE.