ACR Approved Trainers - Family Section

The goal of accrediting continuing education trainers is to make it easy for practitioners to select high quality training opportunities and for trainers to promote their work with a seal of approval from their peers.  All applicants must be current Advanced Practitioner member of ACR's Family Section and must have previous experience as a presenter in relevant workshops, seminars, and courses. To ensure currency and relevance of experience, applicants must have mediated no fewer than 20 family cases within the past two years. Active involvement and currency in the field (e.g., service on local councils, participation in continuing education opportunities, etc.) is desirable but not required.

Listed below is a listing of ACR Approved Trainers.

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The ACR Family Section approves 30 hour family and 40 hour divorce mediation trainings. 
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Robert Berlin

The New Decision Management Associates, Inc. Decision Management Associates, Inc.

Macon GA


Sue Bronson

1219 N Cass St

Milwaukee WI. 53202

414 - 841-6689


Rated by students as “excellent.” “Great program. I have already recommended it to many people. Enjoyed everything!"

Christine L. Crilley

Crilley Law Offices PLLC & Crilley Mediation Services
320 Miller Road
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233



40 Hour Basic Comprehensive Divorce Mediation Training

The purpose of this 40-hour program is to train Mediators in compliance with Iowa law so as a Mediator you can Mediate family law disputes in the state of Iowa.  You will be given a basic training that will form a foundation for your Mediation.  Although this training is not intended to be advanced skill training, some advanced skill development may be introduced.  Training will provide a comprehensive background in dispute resolution enabling you to develop your own style and area of Mediation.


The training will help you to develop a basic plan to set up a practice/business in Mediation or to use the knowledge gained to become more effective with other people that you encounter. The training will be a seminar style of learning with active participation by each participant. And, yes, we do a lot of role playing so you get a chance to practice mediating. Please feel free to ask questions as we proceed through the training. This is a 40 hour course and to complete your certificate, you must attend all 40 hours. I will incorporate breaks within the training and we will break for lunch daily.

Cheryl Cutrona, Esq.

Executive Director

Good Shepherd Mediation Program

2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 301 Rodin Place

Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-843-5413 (office)


This workshop is a combination of lecture; discussion; large, small and individual reflection exercises; video-taped simulations; and role-playing. This five-day workshop walks participants through the mediation process from convening to drafting the Memorandum of Understanding. Training topics include: Conflict Theory 101, Conflict Management Styles,  Basic Mediation information & process, Mediator skills and techniques, Convening the parties, Screening for Domestic Violence, Parenting Arrangements, Property Division, Support issues, The Impact of Divorce on Children, Working with attorneys in the process, Professional Standards of Conduct, Ethical and legal considerations. 


This training has been approved by the Association for Conflict Resolution Family Section and meets the mediator training requirements in Pa. R.C.P. 1940.4. You must attend all 40 hours to receive a certificate of completion.  Limited seating is available.


About your Trainer - Cheryl Cutrona served Good Shepherd Mediation Program (GSMP) as a volunteer and Board member from 1986-1990. She has been the Executive Director of GSMP since 1991. She is a mediator, facilitator, conflict coach, trainer, arbitrator, editor, attorney and adjunct faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She mediates for the PA Department of Education Office of Dispute Resolution, the Philadelphia Bar Association Lawyer Fee Disputes panel, the Philadelphia Landlord-Tenant Appeals Mediation Program, the EEOC Philadelphia Region EASE program, and the United States Postal Service REDRESS. She arbitrates for the Better Business Bureau, DeMars Associates, and the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Arbitration Center. Cutrona sits on the SR 160 PA Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, the Philadelphia Bar Association Lawyer Fee Disputes Committee, the Pennsylvania Bar Association ADR Committee (currently Vice Chair), the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section ADR Subcommittee (currently co-chair), and the Editorial Board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly. She served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators for more than 20 years between 1991 and 2014. She is the 2008 recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee “Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award” and was named “Most Valuable Peacemaker” by the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators in 2010. Cutrona holds a BA from Michigan State University, a Masters in Library Science from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan, and her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.