M.S. Powers & Associates

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About Us

Margaret S. Powers maintains a private practice in Arlington Heights, a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Her specialties include:

  • Mediation and Collaborative Practice services
  • Divorce Services, such as Supervised Visitation
  • Therapy for Individuals, Couples and Families

Ms. Powers also serves as an organizational consultant. Her clients include businesses, universities, and mental health and governmental agencies. She holds master's degrees in Psychology and Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker.

Professional Experience

Focused on the need of her community, Ms. Powers facilitated social work in hospitals, community mental health programs, child welfare and performed emergency room psychiatric evaluations. The culmination of Ms. Powers public career was as a divorce mediator for Cook County Domestic Relations Division in Chicago.

Her combination of social work and psychology knowledge results in a unique perspective that she applies now in her private practice. Familiar with the conflicts and dynamics that can arise in cases of separation, divorce, and child custody issues, Margaret is exquisitely adept at negotiating fragile—and fragmented—situations. Many years of honing, teaching, and mentoring conflict resolution skills has enabled Ms. Powers the expertise to handle even the most hostile of situations.

Teaching Experience

Ms. Powers administers a mediation internship program for professionals and teaches divorce and family mediation at Northwestern University and . Margaret has also taught at DePaul University's Center for Dispute Resolution and is an approved trainer in conflict resolution and family mediation.

It is her passion to spread the awareness and value of mediation to the widest possible audience. To that end, Margaret has taught workshops internationally as part of the Social Work Exchange program in South Africa and Germany.


Ms. Powers has been extensively recognized for her commitment to the fields of social work and mediation. Her more recent awards include:

  • Mediation Council of Illinois Presidents Award
  • Mediation Council of Illinois Outstanding Contributor
  • Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
  • Academy of Family Mediators Volunteer Recognition Award

Community Contributions

Ms. Powers has served on the boards of multiple mediation and conflict resolution organizations. Some of her most recent positions:

Additionally, Margaret established the National Association of Social Workers Mediators Network and continues to provide consultation and training to this national organization.

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