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.
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.