Proof of Requirements for Accreditation

One of the following routes can be submitted as Proof of Requirements with the Application for Accreditation in Divorce Mediation:

Route 1:

Submission of evidence of Advanced Practitioner Membership in the Association for Conflict Resolution with the addition of ten (10) hours of consultation with an accredited NYSCDM member; or

Route 2:

  • Completion of a Master’s Degree in conflict resolution or a relevant behavioral science, or a law degree;
  • Completion of specialized training in divorce mediation*
  • Two (2) hours of training for Mediation in Cases of Domestic Violence
  • Completion of a minimum of twenty-five (25) mediations
  • 250 hours of mediation and two (2) years of mediation experience
  • A minimum of ten (10) hours of case consultation with an accredited NYSCDM member during the course of mediating these agreements
  • Evidence of appropriate liability insurance
  • Submission of two copies of six Memoranda of Understanding or submission of two copies of six Separation Agreements, all with applicant’s name redacted.

Route 3:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Completion of specialized training in divorce mediation*; plus two (2) hours of training for Mediation in Domestic Violence
  • Completion of a minimum of twenty-five (25) mediations
  • 250 hours of mediation and four (4) years of substantial experience in family mediation, including a minimum of ten (10) hours of case consultation with an accredited NYSCDM member during the course of mediating these agreements
  • Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation from accredited NYSCDM members describing the applicant’s work and contribution to the field of mediation
  • Evidence of appropriate liability insurance
  • Submission of two copies of six Memoranda of Understanding or submission of two copies of six Separation Agreements, all with applicant’s name redacted.

To maintain NYSCDM accreditation, members must confirm their acquisition of ten (10) continuing education credits yearly, including two (2) credits on an Update of the Law.

If a member’s accreditation lapses due to failure to maintain the minimum annual continuing education credits, he/she must complete continuing credits for two consecutive years or complete a total of twenty continuing education credits, whichever occurs first, before reinstatement as an Accredited Member. Since you have to be a member of NYSCDM to be accredited, if his/her membership has lapsed, he/she may rejoin the Council as an Accredited Member only if they have maintained those continuing education credits.

*Specialized Training in Divorce Mediation:

Specialized training in family mediation shall consist of at least forty (40) training hours with a minimum of five (5) hours in each of the following: conflict resolution theory; psychological issues in separation, divorce, and family dynamics; issues and needs of children in divorce; mediation process and techniques; and family law, including custody, support, asset evaluation and distribution, and taxation as it relates to divorce.

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