He taught in the University of South Florida Colleges of Medicine and Public Health and founded the USF Conflict Resolution Collaborative (aka Mediation Institute). The CRC offered a range of mediation certification courses and Greg served as primary trainer for the majority of courses offered. After retiring from USF in 2016, Greg was appointed as an affiliate faculty member of the USF College of Public Health in recognition of his contributions to the conflict resolution field. Greg has trained thousands of professionals at USF as well as throughout in North America and Europe.
For his contributions to the field of mediation and conflict resolution, Greg has received numerous awards including the:
In 2003, Greg received an acknowledgement of appreciation from the Florida Supreme Court for successfully mediating (pro bono) a proposed court rule dispute between a Standing Committee of the Florida Supreme Court and a number of judicial circuits around the state. This acknowledgement appeared in Florida Supreme Court Opinion (SC02-1574) when the court adopted the proposed rule adoption modification proposed in the mediated settlement.
Greg has served on the Board of Directors for state and national alternative dispute resolution organizations including the Academy of Family Mediators, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Florida Association of Professional Family Mediators and served as founding president of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
For more than twenty years, Greg served on standing alternative dispute resolution committees of the Florida Supreme Court including seven years as Vice Chair of the Florida Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee.
Greg also chaired the first Parenting Coordination Workgroup appointed by Justice Barbara Pariente and served on the Residential Mortgage Task Force appointed by Chief Justice Peggy Quince and was chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Subcommittee.
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Gregory Firestone is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of South Florida and completed two years of additional clinical training in in Connecticut.