Professional Details

Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D
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PO BOX 448
Aptos, CA 95001
(831) 476-9225


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D., is a clinical-child psychologist and family therapist in practice since 1971, a child custody mediator, trainer and consultant since 1977, and is a founding board member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Editor of The Professional Family Mediator, and Editor-in-Chief of Publications of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators.

Don has published extensively in the professional literature on child custody and child psychology and is on the editorial boards of the Family Court Review and the Conflict Resolution Quarterly journals. He is the author of Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach, and co-author of Splitting America: How Politicians, Super Pacs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce, and co-author of The Child Support Solution: Unhooking Custody From Support.

Don has taught on the psychology faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for 41 years, and is Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. His website is:

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Family
  • Parent-Teen
  • Special Education

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Online Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Parenting Coordinator