Peter Salem

Peter Salem

Peter Salem has served as executive director of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts since 2002 and as associate director from 1994-2002. He was a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow (2009-2012), working with the Arizona State University Center for Prevention Research to promote effective use of high quality social science in family law. Mr. Salem taught mediation at Marquette Law School and was mediator and director of Mediation Family Court Services in Rock County Wisconsin.  He has conducted training and technical assistance for family court service agencies throughout the United States for the last 20 years and has spearheaded several family court reform initiatives. He is co-editor of the book Divorce and Family Mediation: Models, Techniques and Applications (Guilford, 2004) and was the recipient of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award in 2008. 

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Articles and Video:

The Future of Family Dispute Resolution: Mediation as a Piece of the Puzzle (03/20/15)
Had I written about the future of family dispute resolution in the late 1980s, when I was a young and enthusiastic child custody mediator working for a Wisconsin family court agency, I would probably have focused exclusively on mediation rather than considering the current broad spectrum of family dispute resolution (FDR) processes that I did not anticipate at the time.

Interview with Peter Salem (11/12/10)
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Peter Salem, Executive Director of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), filmed as part of's'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Peter Salem: Defining Mediation for Marketing - Video (05/21/09)
Peter Salem discusses why so many in the field want to define mediation. He sees it as a platform from which to market a profession. There needs to be a definition, a message, and voice for the field in order for more effective marketing.

John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award Presented to Peter Salem (10/02/08)
Peter Salem, Executive Director of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, was awarded the John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) at its Eighth Annual Conference, September 24-27, 2008 in Austin, Texas.


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Complete Interview with Peter Salem
Complete hour-long interview of Peter Salem by Robert Benjamin.
Family Mediation EditionFeaturing 27 of the most experienced family mediators in the world.  


Sections: Inspiration, Techniques In The Room, Supporting Children, Styles And Models, The Future, Training & Certification

150 MIN., 48 MIN & 11 MIN. VERSIONS INCLUDED - (2006) ISBN # 1-933857-07-2

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