Professional Details

Craig B. Grether, Ph.D.
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2173 Salk Avenue
Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Fax: 760.444.4786

Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Dr. Grether, a highly experienced psychologist mediator and facilitator, specializes in working with clients who may have a continuing relationship or future contact. This occurs in divorce with children, parenting and child custody, elder care family conflicts, inheritance disputes, and family business disagreements. Dr. Grether serves San Diego, Orange & Riverside Counties and provides nationwide online video mediation services.

Professional Background

Craig B. Grether, Ph.D. has been a licensed clinical psychologist for 46 years and a mediator for 30 years. He has extensive experience and expertise in working with family matters involving divorce, child custody, elder care, inheritance and family businesses. He is licensed in California and Maryland (inactive), a registered Legal Document Assistant (f.k.a. Independent Paralegal), and serves on the High Conflict Case Management Panel in San Diego County. Dr. Grether is also a Past President of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego.


Dr. Grether has provided mediation services since 1979. He has resolved conflicts in over 500 cases involving divorce, child custody disputes, parenting coordination, elder care issues, inheritance disputes, and family businesses problems. He is a Qualified Neutral under the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.


Ph.D. & M.S. in Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina B.S. in Psychology, Heidelberg College, Tiffin Ohio


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
5/13-5/17/2004    Elizabeth Allen Esq.    Divorce Mediation Workshop, 40 hours
Spring Qtr 2004    Therese Gray J.D., UCI    Alternative Dispute Resolution and Confict Management, 32 hrs
6/17-6/19/2004    L. Randolph Lowry    Specialized Mediation: Employment, Malpractice, PI, 18 hours
10/19-10/20/08    Ann Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S., LPC    High Conflict Case Manager Training, 17 hours
1/20-1/22/2005    Laro Thompson Ph.D.    The Basics of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce, 20 hours
4/23-4/24/2004    Elizabeth Allen, Esq.    Mediation for the 21st Century: Advanced Training, 15 hours
2/27/2010    Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D.    High Conflict Case Management: Dealing with Challenging Parents, 7.5 hours
10/16/2010    Neil Riber, Ph.D.    8 Hour Update Training for Custody Evaluators
10/26/2013    Diana Weiss-Wisdom, Ph.D.    2013 Ethical and Legal Update for Custody Evaluators and Mediators, 8 hours
8/4/2013    Scott Ables    Assessment of the Family, 4 hours
8/12/2015    Scott Ables    Family Stress and Coping, 4 hours
8/12/2015    Scott Ables    Marital Discord, 4 hours


Dr. Grether believes that conflicts resolve once solutions that recognize and meet underlying client needs are developed. Rapport and trust builds as each person realizes his or her concerns are seriously heard and understood. A detailed examination of all issues is performed. Creative solutions are then found for the most difficult problems.


Mediation services are provided for $300 per hour. A sliding fee scale is offered for clients with financial concerns.

Other Information

Professional affiliations include: American Psychology-Law Society of the American Psychological Association, and the National Care Planning Council. Dr. Grether has received numerous awards including the Governor presented Partnership Award from the Coalition of Geriatric Services of Maryland, a Public Health Service Fellowship award, and has served as President and Board member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, and as Board Member of the Maryland Assisted Living Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family (150 mediated)
  • Autism
  • Business (30 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (250 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (150 mediated)
  • Elder (120 mediated)
  • Family (100 mediated)
  • Marital Mediation (20 mediated)
  • Nursing Home
  • Online Mediation (30 mediated)
  • Partnership (75 mediated)
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace (15 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Psychotherapist
  • Ombud
  • Conflict Coach
  • Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.