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Mediate.com Podcast Episode 13: Roadmap to Professional Development for Mediators

by Susan Guthrie, Veronica Cravener

March 2022

The Mediate.com Podcast, hosted by mediator Veronica Cravener, covers everything in the world of mediation. Episode 13 features Susan Guthrie and focuses on The Path for Professional Development for Mediators.

In this episode, Susan Guthrie--family law attorney and mediator in the United States, expert in online mediation, and co-founder of the Mosten Guthrie Academy for Mediation and Collaborative Training--discusses the path for professional development for mediators. 

In this episode, we discuss the following:

- What mediators say they need for practice development.

- How to find opportunities for mentorship.

- The major key to success as a mediator.

- What to look for when joining a practice group for mentorship.

- How online mediation is an example of current professional development.

- Why it is critical that mediators become involved in the mediator community. 


Susan Guthrie, nationally recognized as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the country, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for more than 30 years. Susan provides legal coaching services to select clients around the world.  

Susan recently partnered with legal and mediation legend, Forrest "Woody" Mosten to create the Mosten Guthrie Academy for Mediation and Collaborative Law Training.  The Academy provides cutting edge and gold standard training for legal and dispute resolution professionals around the world.

As a leading dispute resolution professional, Susan is honored to serve on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution as the Membership Officer and to be a Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee.  Susan also serves on the Board of Directors of The Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).

After a year and half of co-hosting the award winning podcast, Breaking Free: A Modern Divorce Podcast  which reached almost 3 million listeners, Susan recently launched her fresh and inspiring new podcast, The Divorce and Beyond Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. (www.divorceandbeyondpod.com) which debuted on iTunes' “Top Podcasts” List for self-help podcasts!  Divorce & Beyond is focused on pulling back the curtain on the mysteries of the divorce process and bringing tips and resources to help people to thrive and shine in their new future beyond divorce. 

Susan has been featured in and on media outlets such as CNBC, Market Watch, Forbes, the ABA’s Just Resolutions Magazine, Thrive Global, The Nook Online and many more. She is licensed to practice law in the States of California and Connecticut as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States.


Veronica Cravener is a mediator and trainer for Mediate to Achieve, LLC, based in Columbus, Ohio, USA.  She has mediated more than 500 disputes across areas such as landlord-tenant, contracts, consumer-business, personal injury, neighbors, individual disputes over money, and post-employment disputes.  She is experienced at mediating by text message in addition to in-person and telephone mediation.  Active in the dispute resolution community, she previously served as chair of the Columbus Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and has written articles on mediation, including one featured on Mediate.com.  She began her career as a mediator at a local community mediation center and also previously worked in a court-connected mediation role, having previously served as the Small Claims and Dispute Resolution Supervisor at the Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to becoming a mediator, she practiced law.  She earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and her B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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