Mediating Child Custody Disputes

Mediating Child Custody Disputes

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Seasoned mediator Donald Saposnek has revised and updated his classic primer which offers the most current information on issues and procedures concerning child custody mediation and includes important updates on new research and laws.

Using metaphors drawn from Aikido, Saposnek’s compassionate book offers guidance for developing the essential therapeutic skills and mediation techniques that will help solve difficult problems and create cooperation.

Book Info

Published: 1993
Pages: 416
Binding: paperback
Author: Donald T. Saposnek, PhD

Author Info

DONALD T. SAPOSNEK, Ph.D. is a clinical-child psychologist, child custody mediator, and family therapist in private practice for over 40 years. He is the author of the classic 1983 book, Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Systematic Guide for Family Therapists, Court Counselors, Attorneys, and Judges (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass) and the revised 1998 book, Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Wiley) and co-author of the 2012 book, Splitting America: How Politicians, Super PACs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce (Scottsdale, AZ: HCI Press).

As director of Family Mediation Service of Santa Cruz, he managed the family court services for 17 years and has mediated over 5,000 child custody disputes in both the public and private sectors since 1977. He is the past editor of the international Academy of Family Mediators’ Mediation News, the international Association for Conflict Resolution’s Family Mediation News, and is a Founding Board Member of the international Academy of Professional Family Mediators and Editor of The Professional Family Mediator. He has published extensively in the professional literature on child custody and child psychology and serves on the editorial boards of the Family Court Review and Conflict Resolution Quarterly journals.

He is a national and international trainer of mediation and teacher of child development, Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and, for the past 36 years, has been teaching on the psychology faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Dr. Saposnek is the recipient of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award, the Monterey Bay Psychological Association’s Outstanding Psychologist Award, and the California Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession.