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Welcome to SAAM

The South African Association of Mediators, also known as SAAM, is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that acts as a professional regulatory body for its members.

SAAM is a Member Organisation for Family Mediators


Proudly, SAAM is a founding member of the National Accreditation Board for Family Mediators (NABFAM). In accordance with this, SAAM occupies two seats on the NABFAM Executive Board. As part of the process of defining and adopting sound standards, the executive committee sought to align South African Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) standards with international best practices. 

As such SAAM accreditation aims at supporting standards consistent with that of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). Fundamentally SAAM’s contribution to the complex and valued function of the practice of mediation in South Africa is based on solid foundations. These foundations are upheld by sound education and the training of mediators. Driven to transform as a current and up-to-date organisation continually.

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Why Choose
SAAM Accreditation?

Expertise: Gain access to cutting-edge mediation techniques and training resources.

Recognition: Showcase your commitment to excellence in family law mediation.

Network: Connect with a dynamic network of like-minded professionals.

Impact: Empower families to find peaceful resolutions and minimise conflict.

Protection: Safeguard yourself and your clients by adhering to SAAM’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Accredited Mediators.

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Course Pricing 

SAAM Members

You can take advantage of this incredible opportunity at a highly discounted rate of only R500!


Non-SAAM Members

 For those not yet part of SAAM, the course remains affordably priced at R750, allowing you to access top-notch training and knowledge.



Book our Latest Webinar

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About our Webinar

Don't Miss SAAM’s Final Webinar of 2023!  

Working with Children Who Have Been Traumatised or Sexually Abused: Integrating Trauma-Informed Principles into the Mediation Process. 


Are you a professional working with children and families in need of guidance on addressing trauma and sexual abuse? Join us on 24 November 2023 for our final, must-attend webinar of the year, presented by Dr. Louise Aucamp. This webinar promises invaluable insights into child development, trauma recognition, and integrating trauma-informed principles into the mediation process. 


Topics of Discussion During the 3-hour Webinar 


Child Development and Trauma 

  • Understand the stages of child development and attachment. 

  • Explore how divorce can impact children at different ages. 

Recognising Trauma 

  • Define trauma and learn to identify its signs and symptoms in children. 

  • Differentiate between acute and chronic trauma. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 

  • Discuss the potential long-term effects of trauma. 

  • Explore the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and its implications 

Understanding High-Conflict Divorce 

  • Define and recognise the characteristics of high-conflict divorce. 

  • Examine its prevalence and its impact on children. 

Supporting Traumatised Children 

  • Trauma-informed mediation. 

  • Discover the pre-requisites, including the three Cs to calm the nervous system 

 Referrals and Resources 

  • Gain information on available resources for children and families. 

  • Learn how to collaborate effectively with mental health professionals. 


  • Interact directly with Dr. Louise Aucamp  


About our Host Dr. Louise Aucamp 

Dr. Louise Aucamp is a distinguished professional in the field of social work and child advocacy. With an impressive academic background, she is a registered member of the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) and the American Professional Society on Child Abuse (APSAC). Dr. Aucamp's commitment to professional excellence is evident in her extensive training courses and her dedication to advocating for the welfare of children. 

As the Director of FACT Network, she has played a pivotal role in addressing complex challenges related to forensic assessment, psycho-legal work, and therapy for children. Dr. Aucamp's impact extends beyond her training courses as she actively collaborates with various organisations and offers mentorship and training programs for social workers. 


Join us and make a significant difference in the lives of children who have experienced trauma.  


Register now 

For more information, visit Dr. Aucamp's website at


*Kindly note that this webinar will not be recorded*

Upcoming Webinars for 2023- 2024

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