Professional Mediation
Board of Standards

Credentialing Mediators to Serve with Excellence

Family mediation and the number of people claiming to be family mediators have exploded across the landscape in recent years.  If you have become concerned that there are people offering mediation services who are not sufficiently prepared, by virtue of education, experience or temperament, then you’re not alone.  We formed the Professional Mediation Board of Standards (PMBS), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, to begin the process of developing a nationwide assessment tool that will allow mediators to objectively demonstrate their ability to provide family mediation services in an ethical and professional manner. More importantly, clients seeking the help of a mediator will have a tool to ensure their mediator is properly trained and has the necessary experience to guide them through the process of separation and divorce.  

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Our founding members and board  is made up of professional mediators like you. We look forward to serving you. 

Professional Mediators Certfication

We provide resources and articles to help professional mediators help their clients and grow their businesses. 

The PMBS Survey

Are you a professional mediator committed to ensuring credentialing and professional standards for our profession? The Professional Mediation Board of Standards is asking for your help. We have developed a survey regarding the establishment of a credentialing process that would be based on more than education, training, and experience.  We’d love to hear from you and have designed this survey so we can incorporate your perspective as we grow! 

A Tribute to Larry Gaughan, PMBS Board Member

It pains us greatly to inform you that Larry Gaughan died of melanoma on June 23, 2019. 
Larry wrote extensively about adaptability in marriage, marital responsibility, marriage as a partnership and the role of self esteem in marriage.  Larry was selected as “Scholar in Residence” at Georgetown University Family Center. He integrated his studies with mediation and soon opened his own mediation practice calling it, “FAMILY MEDIATION OF GREATER WASHINGTON”.  Larry’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today and Virginia Laywers Weekly. 

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As a team of experienced mediators, we have developed Standards for Professional Family Mediation. These standards have been accepted both locally and nationally by a number of professional organizations.

About Us

We are professional mediators committed to setting and upholding standards for families seeking mediation.We formed the Professional Mediation Board of Standards (PMBS), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, to begin the process of developing a nationwide assessment tool that will allow mediators to objectively demonstrate their ability to provide family mediation services in an ethical and professional manner.

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