UC Santa Cruz instructor honored for mediation work

Donald T. Saposnek, a lecturer in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a leader in the field of mediation, has been honored by his peers for his mediation work.

Saposnek was named recipient of the 2002 John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award, which is presented annually by the international Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in recognition of an individual's contributions to the field of mediation. Saposnek was selected from more than 7,000 members of the association, representing 47 countries and 18 different areas of mediation practice.

Saposnek is a clinical child psychologist, family mediator, and national and international trainer in family mediation and child development. He has published extensively in the professional literature and is on the editorial boards of several international mediation journals. He is also editor of ACR's Family Mediation News and the family section of Mediate.com. His book, Mediating Child Custody Disputes, is considered a classic in the field. Saposnek has been the architect of model child-custody mediation programs and divorce education workshops in Santa Cruz that have been replicated in many counties statewide.

The award was presented in August 2002 at the association's annual convention in San Diego.