Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Forrest (Woody) Mosten has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979 and currently is practicing mediation and collaborative law 100% online serving clients throughout the world. Woody is a founding partner of the Mosten-Guthrie Online Training Academy for Mediators and Collaborative Professionals. He is Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law where he teaches Mediation, Family Law Practice, and Lawyer as Peacemaker. He and has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979.

Woody is the author of six books and numerous articles on mediation, collaborative law, legal access, and building a peacemaking career. Woody served as convener for the 1999 international symposium, Training Mediators for the 21st Century. He has been Guest Editor for the Family Court Review’s special issues 4 times, most recently for the July 2015 issue on Peacemaking for Divorcing Families.

Woody trains mediators, collaborative professionals, and lawyers in conflict resolution courses ranging from basic to master classes and trainings for mediation trainers and presents keynotes at conferences throughout the world.  In 2019, Woody received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and, in 2020, the Southern California Mediation Association established the Forrest Mosten Star Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mediation. Woody can be reached at

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Articles and Video:

Inside the Mediation Room - Guests: Susan Guthrie and Woody Mosten (05/25/22)
For this third episode of Inside the Mediation Room, Karen and Michael Aurit host mediation legends and innovators Susan Guthrie and Woody Mosten. Like the two previous episodes with Don Saposnek and Bill Eddy, this is a "must see" new resource.

Paths Forward for Online Mediation: Final Report of Online Mediation Training Task Force - Introduction (04/11/22)
Now that online mediation, and online mediation training, have so substantially impacted (if not taken over) the mediation field, again here offers our Online Mediation Task Force's Final Report and Recommendations.

Forum on Final Report of Task Force on Online Mediation (09/28/21)
This is a 90 minute video and resources from the Final Report of Task Force on Online Mediation. This video forum features Woody Mosten, Colin Rule, Clare Fowler, Jim Melamed, Tara Ollapally, Bruce Edwards, Donna Silverberg, Susan Guthrie, Angelia Tolbert, Michael Aurit, Tricia Jones, Michael Lang and John Sturrock.

Paths Forward for Online Mediation - 8 Primary Recommendations (09/20/21)
In addition to the many Committee Recommendations, the Task Force’s Executive Committee offers these 8 Primary Task Force Recommendations to support the field of mediation fully embracing online mediation and online mediation training:

Paths Forward for Online Mediation - Committee Reports, Recommendations & Resources (09/19/21)
Here are Committee Reports, Recommendations and Resources from the Online Mediation Task Force Final Report.

Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, Coaching and Limited Scope Representation (05/18/21)
What can mediators learn from the online experience of other collaborative dispute resolution professionals? How do we best integrate online mediation with conflict & life coaching, collaborative practice and limited scope representation?

Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Experiential Training and Mentoring (05/17/21)
How do we best integrate online mediation and online mediation training with conflict & life coaching, collaborative practice, mentorship, clinics, simulations and video feedback?

Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Online Mediation Training (05/01/21)
The second Forum of the Online Mediation Training Task Force centered on new and emerging issues of online mediation and the training of mediators online.

Full Video Posted of Forum on the Global Growth of Mediation (04/19/21)
How do we best support the growth of mediation around the world?  This Forum shared the perspectives of panelists from Nigeria, Argentina, Russia and India who compared and contrasted their experiences with online mediation and online training in developing mediation cultures. 

How Can We Best Make and Maintain Quality Mediators? (01/23/21)
Under the leadership of Forrest (Woody) Mosten,'s Online Mediation Training Task Force is tackling a huge issue: "How can the mediation field now and in the future best make and maintain quality mediators? Announces Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board to Support Online Mediation Training (11/02/20)
Jim Melamed, Board Chair of, has announced the establishment of a blue-ribbon Online Mediation Training Task Force, to be headed by Forrest R. (Woody) Mosten, to make recommendations on best practices and possibilities for both generally training mediators online and training mediators to perform online mediation. The Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board have now been named.

Use Mediators and Police as Conflict Resolution Partners (07/16/20)
In recent efforts to improve law enforcement’s role in serving our communities, a major issue is whether police departments can be assisted or replaced by professionals better suited to handling citizen calls on some issues.

Mediators Are Society’s PPE for Conflict and Difficult Decisions (04/29/20)
As their own practices slow down, some mediators are volunteering to offer free consultations and negotiation sessions to try and find solutions and some emotional comfort for people who are riddled with anxiety and a lack of knowledge.

The Future of Mediation: Twenty Predictions for Mediation in 2030 (03/02/15)
If as Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The Future Belongs To Those Who Believe In The Beauty Of Their Dreams,” we in the mediation community have much to look forward to.

Collaborative Lawyers' Duties to Screen the Appropriateness of Collaborative Law and Obtain Clients' Informed Consent to Use Collaborative Law (05/20/12)
Collaborative Law (CL) is an innovative dispute resolution process that offers significant benefits but also poses significant non-obvious risks. This Article provides a systematic analysis of these possible risks as identified in books written by CL experts, CL practice group websites, social science research, and bar association ethics opinions.

The Uniform Collaborative Law Act’s Contribution to Informed Client Decision Making in Choosing a Dispute Resolution Process (08/21/10)
This Article describes how lawyers can implement the requirements of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act to obtain clients’ informed consent. The Act requires lawyers to obtain clients’ informed consent before undertaking a Collaborative representation but does not specify the information that lawyers must discuss with prospective Collaborative parties.

Elian-Now Is The Time To Mediate (04/23/00)
Has the time for mediation passed? Or, is this the time when mediation can still have a real impact on the lives of all involved. Could the seemingly unresolvable positions and conflicting values in this case benefit from the structured dialogue, creative futuristic problem solving and healing that mediation could offer?

What Happens In Mediation? (12/20/99)
Walk through some of basic steps of mediation to provide an overview of the structure and fill in your understanding of what happens during the mediation process. Learn what your clients will be experiencing, what to expect yourself if you will be attending the session as a consulting attorney and get a head-start to your training should you decide to try being a mediator yourself.

Eleven Questions Most Commonly Asked About Mediation (08/28/98)
We all have questions about mediation. Not just disputants, but also the lawyers, and mediators themsleves. This list aims to answer some of the peristent ones.

Family Mediation: Research Facts (08/28/98)
This article organizes family mediation research facts in a manner that provides insight into who chooses to mediate, what makes the mediation process effective, and how participants rate outcome and satisfaction.