• Therapy
• Mediation
• Services For Healthy Outcomes Of Divorce
Curriculum Vitae
Phyllis Mandler, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.,
M.P.A., C.A.D.C., Illinois Type 73 Certification
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Lincoln Park Office and Mailing Address:
2502 North Clark Street Chicago, Illinois 60614

Loop Office:
33 North LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: 773.281.6345


Education and Credentials

Loyola University of Chicago, Graduate School of Social Work

M.S.W. - May 1995

Loyola University of Chicago, Graduate School of Social Work, Post Master School Social Work Program - Internship Fenton High School, Bensenville, Illinois -1995-96

New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration - Health Policy, Planning and Administration - June 1976

University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

B.A. English - June 1970

DePaul University Center for Dispute Resolution, Certificate for Professional Achievement in Family and Divorce Mediation

C.A.D.C. - Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Counselor

Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Certified Mediator

Fellow and Board Member, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII)

Sexual Dysfunction Clinic Training Program, Loyola University Medical Center

Specialized Training: Conducting Child Custody Evaluations

Illinois Type 73/ Illinois School Social Work Certification

Languages:  Spanish and French

Private Practice

October 2003 – present

  • Individual, family, couple, group therapy
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce, Coaching and Child Specialization
  • Co-parenting Coordination for divorcing and divorced parents
  • Consultation on issues related to divorce and partnership dissolution
  • Inter-American Magnet School – Social Work Consultation – 2002-2005
  • Bell School - RAINBOWS and PRISM Programs – Support groups for children and adults who have experienced loss through divorce, death or other major family transitions. Coordinator and Facilitator 2002-2005


Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division – August 2001 to June 2003. Social work services related to the representation of children whose parents are disputing custody and visitation in Divorce and Parentage Court cases

  • Assessment
  • Liaison between parties, attorneys, judges and therapists
  • Interventions including mediation; counseling of adults, adolescents, children and extended family; co-parenting coordination, impasse intervention
  • Linkage to community providers

Counseling Center of Lake View (CCLV), Child and Adolescent Program, Chicago, Illinois –  August 1999 to June 2001

  • Individual and family treatment of clients of the Child and Adolescent Program
  • School observations. Liaison between school, family and agency for school assessment and educational planning issues.  Consultation with agency personnel on Special Education issues.
  • Liaison with local schools and other agencies within the community to establish service partnerships
  • Linkage to community providers

Fillmore Center for Human Services, Berwyn, Illinois - October 1996 to August 1999

  • June 1998 to August 1999 - Agency and home-based therapy and case management with English and Spanish-speaking clients.
  • June 1997 to June 1998 - Family-Centered Services at Morton East High School. 
  • October 1996 to June 1997- Agency and home-based therapy and case management services to English and Spanish-speaking children, adolescents, adults, couples and families

Professional Affiliations

Mediation Council of Illinois (MCI)
Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago Chapter (ACR Chicago)
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
Illinois Group Psychotherapy Society (IGPS)


Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, “Working with the Courts: Visitation and Custody Issues,”  February 22, 2003, March 6, 2004

Community Work

Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area, Board of Directors

Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Board of Directors, Chair of Excellence and Best Practices Committee


Lincoln Park Office & Mailing Address:
2502 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Loop Office:
33 N. LaSalle Street
29th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602