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Keywords:

  • interdisciplinary training;
  • psychology and family law education;
  • interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • alternative dispute resolution;
  • divorce mediation

This article describes a developing interdisciplinary approach to training legal students and psychology students at Indiana University–Bloomington (IU) to work at the intersection of their disciplines. The approach provides strong clinical training while emphasizing the necessity to scientifically evaluate interventions with separating couples. The training includes a combined academic course and clinical training program in divorce mediation offered through the IU Maurer School of Law, and a series of graduate-level seminars and clinical practica through the IU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The manuscript reviews the historical settings for the pedagogical approaches and interdisciplinary opportunities, details the offerings and rationale for the training components, and discusses ongoing research projects stemming from the interdisciplinary collaboration, including research designed to test the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary training for students in both disciplines.