Our Faculty

Elinor Robin, PhD, a recognized expert in the field of Mediation and
Conflict Management, has spent the last twenty years studying the process of divorce.  In addition, Elinor brings her revolutionary spirit, a background in small business and a wide range of experiences from within the family, juvenile, civil and criminal courts to her teaching.  Elinor has served on the faculty of mediation and dispute resolution symposiums nationally and internationally.  And, over the last twelve years she has trained over 10,000 professionals in the mediation process, to rave reviews.  Elinor has achieved Advanced Practitioner Status with the Association for Conflict Resolution as a Family and Divorce Mediator.  And, her credentials include Certification as a Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors, and Liscensure as both a Mental Health Counselor, and a Marriage and Family Therapist in Florida.  Elinor is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Primary Mediation Trainer and Certified County, Family, Circuit, Dependency, and Appellate Mediator.  She is an appointed member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Qualifications Board.

David Spofford, JD is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and Mediation Trainer.  In addition to his current mediation practice David’s career has included law practice in Texas and Florida, and time as a software engineer for a large corporation. David’s education includes a Doctorate of Jurisprudence, a Masters of Computer Science, a Bachelor of Business Administration, a
Certificate in Professional Coaching, and years of studying various personal growth modalities.

Together David and Elinor  created their unique divorce mediation and document preparation service – A Friendly Divorce – in Boca Raton, Florida.  They soon realized that there is a huge demand for this service: divorcing couples all over the county want to avoid the hostility and degradation of an adversarial, attorney- driven divorce.  After perfecting their practice and marketing methods they synthesized their experiences into this entertaining training program.  Now, you can learn in a weekend what it took them years to figure out.