Mediation Short Course

Duration: 5 days
Cost: $2,900
When: 
26 - 30 September 2018
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The aim of the Mediation Short Course is to equip participants with the required knowledge and skills that are essential for mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners. In this course, participants will acquire and apply knowledge and skills about the facilitative model of mediation and the role and function of mediators, support persons and other professionals. Participants will also explore and interrogate ethical and professional obligations as they apply to mediators, family dispute resolution practitioners, and both mediation and family dispute resolution practice in the context of applicable law.

Note: Completion of both the Mediation Short Course and the Mediator Assessment Course, enables participants to apply for National Mediator Accreditation.

Mediator Assessment Course

Duration: 2 days
Cost: $1,900
When: 
29 - 30 June 2018
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26 - 27 October 2018
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Pre-requisites: Completion of the Mediation Short Course

The Mediator Assessment Course builds on and consolidates foundational knowledge and skills relevant to mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners. This course involves one day of intensive practice with feedback from coaches; and an assessable mediation simulation.

This course offers in-depth examination and evaluation of critical issues in mediation and family dispute resolution. Participants will be able to practically apply advanced knowledge and skills within the context of facilitative mediation. Topics including cross-cultural issues, power, emotion, impartiality, violence, current law, ethics and professionalism will be explored through workshop modules, practical role plays and case studies.

Note: Completion of both the Mediation Course and the Mediator Assessment Course, enables participants to apply for National Mediator Accreditation.

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Training Course

Duration: 5 days
Cost: $2,900
When: 18 - 22 July 2018
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Pre-requisites: Completion of the Bond University DRC Mediation and Mediator Assessment Courses and meeting the FDRP requisites listed on the Accreditation page. 

Clicking Register Now will take you to the course registration page. During registration, you will be asked to provide information about your background to ensure you meet the FDRP Requisites. Please ensure you read the Accreditation page for more information.

The practice of family dispute resolution is a specialist area of dispute resolution expertise. Family dispute resolution practice is regulated at a national level. This course will introduce participants to the legal implications of practising as a family dispute resolution practitioner. Participants will develop the necessary skills to support the safety of vulnerable parties, manage responses to domestic and family violence and work with a child-focused approach. Participants will be able to apply appropriate safety screening measures and effectively conduct family dispute resolution.

Note: Registration as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner requires National Mediator Accreditation and the completion of Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Training Course, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Clinical Training Course and required hours of FDR supervised practice.

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Clinical Training Course

Duration: 4 days
Cost: $2,900
When: 29 August - 1 September 2018
Pre-requisites: Completion of the Bond University FDRP Training Course and meeting the FDRP requisites listed on the Accreditation page.

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Registration details will be provided to course participants on completion of the FDRP Training Course.

The Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Clinical Training Course is the final short course in the suite offered by the Dispute Resolution Centre, consolidating the content and learning across the four courses and enabling the transition to FDR practice. Family dispute resolution is a complex area of professional practice, requiring high-level knowledge, skills and strategies to work effectively with families in conflict. This course places emphasis on practical family dispute resolution skills by having participants take part in complex simulations and clinical practice. Participants will demonstrate family dispute resolution practices necessary to manage a range of challenging scenarios within the context of post-separation parental conflict.

On completion of the FDR Clinical Training Course, participants must undertake 20 hours of supervised FDR practice. This may be completed through the Bond University Family Dispute Resolution Clinic or with another approved FDR supervisor.

A certificate of completion will only be issued on completion of the FDR Clinical Training Course and the required hours of FDR supervised practice.

Family Dispute Resolution Clinic Supervised Practice

Duration: 20 hours (completed over four mediation and intake sessions as advised by the DRC)
Cost: $2,200 + $200 assessment fee
Pre-requisites: Completion of the FDRP Clinical Training Course with Bond University or another provider of FDRP Training and 30 hours supervised practice

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Registration details will be provided to course participants on completion of the FDRP Training Course.

On completion of the FDRP Clinical Training Course, participants may apply to undertake the remaining 20 hours of supervised FDR practice at the Bond FDR clinic.

FDRP trainees can do a maximum of 20 hours supervised practice in the Bond University FDR Clinic. Trainees who have completed their training with other organisations may apply to complete their final 20 hours of supervised practice in the Bond FDR Clinic. These trainees will be required to provide evidence of their completed training and supervised FDR sessions for consideration. Please contact FDRClinic@bond.edu.au for further information.

As the Bond FDR clinic operates only on Saturdays, there are limited places available. The Bond DRC will work with participants to ensure their supervised FDR hours are completed as quickly as possible but please bear in mind your required hours may be scheduled over several weeks to allow as many participants as possible the opportunity to participate in the clinic. Please also note that parties may cancel because of illness, childcare, other reasons and that any costs incurred by the student to travel to clinic sessions are not the responsibility of the DRC.

Please note an assessment fee of $200 is payable on submission of the FDR Supervision Approval form.

A certificate of completion will only be issued on completion of the FDR Clinical Training Course and the required hours of FDR supervised practice.

Supervised Practice

Duration: 20 or 50 hours
Cost: $200
Pre-requisites: Completion of the Bond University FDRP Training Course

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Registration details will be provided to course participants on completion of the FDRP Training Course. 

On completion of the FDRP Training Course, participants may elect to complete their entire 50 hours of supervised placement in a practical environment. Participants must submit a completed FDR supervision approval form in advance of their first FDR supervised session. Please request a FDR Supervision booklet for more details. 

On completion of the FDRP Clinical Training Course, participants may also elect to complete their remaining 20 hours of supervised FDR placement in a practical environment. Participants must submit a completed FDR supervision approval form in advance of their first FDR supervised session. Please request a FDR Supervision booklet for more details. 

Participants will be required to submit supervision reports for each supervised FDR session undertaken, as well as a learning journal.

An assessment fee of $200 is payable on submission of the FDR Supervision Approval form.

Participants must organise their own placement for the 20 or 50 hours of supervised FDR practice. A Supervisor's report must be provided to Bond University certifying completion of the 20 or 50 hours of observed family dispute resolution mediations. A certificate of completion will only be issued on completion of the required hours of FDR supervised practice and approval by the nominated supervisor.

Mediating Property Settlements Course

Duration: 2 days
Cost: Early Bird $1350; Standard Registration $1500
Pre-requisites: National mediator accreditation
When: 10 - 11 August 2018

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In this course, participants will learn about how the Family Court divides property under the Family Law Act 1975 between separated couples. Those couples may be married, in a de facto relationship or same-sex relationships.

The course provides family mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners with knowledge, process, skills and strategies that will assist them in mediating these disputes. It will provide participants with an overview of the legal context for mediating these cases. It is not designed to equip mediators with legal knowledge for the purposes of providing legal advice in property settlement mediations.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded upon completion of the course.

Cancellation Policy

There is a restriction on numbers at all Dispute Resolution Centre courses. Most courses are filled quickly. Registrations are accepted only if and when payment is actually received. The Centre reserves the right to cancel courses where there are insufficient enrolments.

If you live interstate or need to make travel and accommodation bookings in order to attend a DRC course, please contact the DRC office prior to making any arrangements.

If a participant elects to cancel their enrolment, cancellation fees will be applied. Please see the Accreditation and Important Information page for further details.