We recently attended the first ever, annual conference of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), Falmouth, MA. Formally in existence for fewer than six months, the APFM attracted some 250 family mediators from around the country and the world, to share techniques, outlooks and aspirations, over the span of four (4) days.
Among the remarkable aspects of this gathering of mediators was that the commonality of devotion to efficient and voluntary facilitative processes yielded a showcase of diversity in techniques and approaches. The group focused on the giants of the mediation movement, their previous and prodigious contributions, as well as the present and future evolution of the field. Clearly, this young field of discipline has matured beyond its years. Hopefully, APFM will serve its constituents and, in turn, our clients for many years to come. We look forward to many future conferences over the years.