Ms. Margaret Powers, a licensed clinical social worker, has maintained a private practice in Arlington Heights, IL, for more than twenty-eight years. Ms. Powers’ practice focuses on mediation, collaborative law and therapy with individuals, couples and families. In addition, Ms. Powers has served as a mediation and dispute resolution consultant to academic institutions, governmental facilities, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations.
After obtaining advanced degrees in psychology and social work, Ms. Powers began working in the fields of mental health, foster care, and community advocacy. Thereafter, Ms. Powers transitioned to becoming an emergency room social worker at Ravenswood Hospital (Chicago, IL), and, later, a medical social worker at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital (Chicago, IL). Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Powers worked as a Divorce Mediator in the Cook County Domestic Relations Division (IL), where she was assigned to Judge Aaron Jaffe, and Judge Susan Snow.
In her twenty-eight years of private practice, Ms. Powers has facilitated over 7000 divorce and family mediation cases, and more than 200 collaborative law cases. Ms. Powers’ educational, clinical and professional background provides a unique perspective and expertise in the mediation field, which is traditionally dominated by legal professionals. Ms. Powers embraces a collaborative model in her professional work, often bringing in financial planners and attorneys to the mediation process. Ms. Powers is frequently sought out to deal with the most complex and dysfunctional of cases, as she is particularly adept at dealing with severely fragmented and chaotic situations.
In recognition of her ongoing commitment and contribution to the fields of mediation and collaborative law, Ms. Powers has been honored with numerous awards, including: Volunteer Recognition Award, The Academy of Family Mediators; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; Outstanding Contribution Award, President’s Award for Dedicated Leadership, and, Service and Commitment Award, Mediation Council of Illinois; and, Appreciation Award for Leadership, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.
Ms. Powers has served as a board member for multiple mediation and conflict resolution organizations, including: the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, the Association of Conflict Resolution (Ethics Chair, and Diversity and Equity Chair), the Mediation Council of Illinois (past President, and Ethics Chair), and the Academy of Family Mediators (Ethics Chair). Ms. Powers is also a founding member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, and, The Association of Conflict Resolution. Ms. Powers established the National Association of Social Work (Illinois Chapter) Mediators Interest Group, where she served as Chairperson. In 2002, Ms. Powers was honored with being selected as one of 18 Illinois social workers to participate in an exchange to South Africa, where she taught mediation to social workers and government administrators in Durban. Lastly, in 2013 she was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award through the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for her commitment to family mediation.
Ms. Powers teaches mediation at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Northwestern University, and previously taught at DePaul University’s Center for Dispute Resolution. Through her private practice, Ms. Powers offers an internship in mediation, one of only a handful of programs in IL.