CARL D. SCHNEIDER, Ph.D.
3920 Washington Street
Kensington, MD 20895
Why I Do This Work
I have been mediating and training for three decades, yet I still love this work because I believe that it makes a profound difference for families and children. This work energizes me. I witness the resilience of people who are dealing with great uncertainty, pain and loss. I have seen again and again people choosing to be their better selves, finding ways to honor their marriage vows even in the midst of divorce, and ending a painful chapter of their life in a way that enables closure and healing.
A mediator since 1981, Carl’s practice has included a broad range of mediation work, including workplace, employment, civil rights, and discrimination mediation. He has mediated with E.E.O.C. cases, CINA (Children in Need of Assistance) mediations, in the United States Post Office’s REDRESS mediation program, the Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities Act Mediation Program, and Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights.
His primary area of work, however is divorce, custody, and family mediation. He has had a successful private practice in Illinois, Georgia, Vermont and Maryland where he has mediated thousands of divorces, both pre- and post-decree. He also is an Approved Mediator with the Frederick County Civil and Family Mediation Programs, the Howard County and Prince George’s County Custody Mediation Programs and the Montgomery County Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program.
Carl has served on the Board of Directors of the national Academy of Family Mediators and on the Editorial Board of Mediation Quarterly. He is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and an Advanced Mediator Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM). Carl is a member of Mediators Beyond Borders.
Carl is a Certified Mediator with the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, a Certified Mediator with the Supreme Court of Virginia, and a Certified Mediator with the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He is a Registered Clinical Psychologist (IL) and a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (MD), and a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He holds an M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary in NYC and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Teaching and Training
Carl, the Director of Mediation Matters, has trained thousands of mediators over the last twenty-five years.
He has been on the faculty of Harvard University, the University of Chicago, Indiana University, DePaul University, Woodbury College, the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Antioch Graduate School of Education in New England.
Carl has presented widely at professional meetings, including state and regional conferences in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, and national conferences of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), SPIDR (the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution), and the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR).
Carl is married with two grown children, Matthew and Candice, and one grand-child. When he’s not mediating, he may be found on the river in his handcrafted kayak.