Mediation as the Unlicensed Practice of Psychology?

It is common knowledge among mediators, as well as the general public, that the unlicensed practice of law (UPL) is illegal. While there is some debate on what constitutes the “practice of law,” the rule is clear that a mediator may not practice law. On the other hand, many consider experienced attorneys and judges to be particularly qualified to act as mediators. In fact, states such as Colorado even require mediators have a basic understanding of the law in the area they mediate. However, there appears to be no concern that mediators may be practicing therapy or psychology without a license.

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