Michael Lang is a mediator with more than 40 years' experience in the areas of family, workplace, organizational, congregational and public policy disputes. He is a prominent international leader in the field of conflict resolution.
He has consulted with and provided conflict management trainings to a range of businesses, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and university faculties. As well, he designed and helped implement a comprehensive workplace mediation program for the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
As an educator, Michael has developed and presented mediation skills and practice training courses, for beginning and advanced students, for court systems, government agencies, mediation centers, and professional associations. He has been a featured speaker at professional meetings throughout Canada and the U.S. and in the UK, Ireland and Trinidad and Tobago.
Michael is the founding Director of the Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution at Antioch University; he served as Professor and Special Advisor for Program and Faculty Development in the Master of Science in Dispute Resolution Program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Michael served as Editor-in-Chief of Mediation Quarterly (now Conflict Resolution Quarterly) from 1995-2001, and as a member of its editorial board from 1988-2007. Michael has authored numerous articles on mediation practice.
He is co-author of The Making of a Mediator: Developing Artistry in Practice (2000), published by Jossey Bass Publishers and The Guide to Reflective Practice in Conflict Resolution (2019) published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Michael is also the principal author of the series, Divorce and Separation: A Practical Guide to Making Smart Decisions, with state editions for Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
Michael also co-created and co-edited (with Peter Nicholson), two books on family conflict during the pandemic: Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving the Pandemic (2020) and Family Conflict During the Pandemic: Stories of Struggle and Hope (2021).