No you do not. I am a non attorney mediator. You can take a 40 hour state course. However, I graduated from ACU with a graduate level certificate in conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. This provides a broader perspective on alternative dispute resolution and peace making. I did a 40 hour residency as part of my course work.
Unfortunately some states like SC where I reside still make it very difficult to break into family mediation. They will only offer work to licensed social workers, psychologist (practicing 2 years) and attorney. I am working to get the commission to change their stance on this as it shuts out many qualified mediators.
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