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MARICOPA COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDIATORS

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The Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators requires that its members meet rigorous professional standards. 

MCAFM offers the following catagories of membership:

Advanced Family Practitioner
 
This membership category recognizes advanced levels of training and experience. Advanced Family Practitioner Membership shall be available to anyone who is practicing as a family mediator in the State of Arizona and who meets, or has met, the requirements for Advanced Family Practitioner membership in the Association for Conflict Resolution (“ACR”) or the Academy of Professional Family Mediators ("APFM"), as follows:  

Approved mediators have completed a minimum of 60 hours of family mediation training, which includes either a 30-hour family mediation training course or a 40-hour divorce mediation training course, as well as 20 hours of continuing training every two years. Additionally, approved mediators have completed two hours of domestic violence awareness training.Experience: Approved mediators have completed at least 250 hours of face-to-face family mediation in at least 25 different cases. 

Anyone who is no longer an Advanced Practitioner member of ACR or APFM must have been a member in good standing at such time as he or she relinquished ACR or APFM membership.  Advanced Family Practitioner members must complete 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years after designation as an Advanced Family Practitioner Member of MCAFM.   Advanced Family Practitioner Members shall be entitled to vote in Association affairs and their names may appear in any list that is made available outside the Association.

Practitioner
Practitioner Membership shall be available to anyone who is practicing as a family mediator in the State of Arizona and who meets the requirements for Practitioner membership in the Association for Conflict Resolution (“ACR”) or the Academy of Professional Family Mediators ("APFM"), as follows:                

Practitioner is defined as an individual who has completed 40 hours of conflict resolution training or continuing  education courses and has been practicing in the conflict resolution field for a minimum of three years. 
** Members who have not done 40 hours of formal course work but can demonstrate other forms of education such as conference workshops, mentoring, etc. can apply for equivalency status. Members with more than 200 hours of practice, but less than three years of experience, can also apply for this category of membership.

Practitioner members must complete 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years after designation as a Practitioner Member of MCAFM.  Practitioner Members shall be entitled to vote in Association affairs and their names may appear in any list that is made available outside the Association.

Educator/Researcher
Educator/Researcher Membership shall be available to anyone residing in the State of Arizona or associated with an Arizona educational institution and who meets the requirements for either Educator or Researcher membership in ACR, as follows:            

Educator is defined as an individual who has completed 40 hours of conflict resolution training or continuing education and has, over a minimum of a three-year period, either:
                  A) coordinated a campus mediation program (K-12 or higher education setting) and conducted/supervised  at least 40 mediation sessions; or,   
                  B) taught conflict resolution education in a K-12 school setting for a minimum of 200 contact hours; or,   
                  C) taught four or more semester-long or six or more quarter-long conflict resolution courses in a  college or university setting. 

Researcher is defined as an individual who has completed 40 hours of conflict resolution training or continuing  education courses, has a minimum of three years of research experience, has published a book or research- based conflict resolution article in a peer-reviewed journal, and holds an advanced degree in a field related to conflict resolution.

Educator/Researcher members shall be entitled to vote in Association affairs and their names may appear in any list that is made available outside the Association.

Associate
Associate Membership shall be available to any person supportive of mediation but who does not practice in the area of family mediation or who does practice in the area of family mediation, but does not qualify for Practitioner or Educator/Researcher Membership.  Associate Members shall not be entitled to vote in Association affairs but their names may appear in any list that is made available outside the Association.

Student
Full-time students enrolled in a degree or certificate program at an accredited post-secondary institution may apply for this membership category. Student Members shall not be entitled to vote in Association affairs and their names shall not appear in any list that is made available outside the Association.