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Enhance your skills in family mediation

The Centre for Dispute Resolution offers short courses and supervised clinical training in family dispute resolution for those seeking professional development in family mediation, as well as those wishing to become an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). For one-on-one guidance, please contact us to speak with one of our Centre team members.

The practice of family dispute resolution is a specialist area of dispute resolution and is regulated at a national level. The Federal Attorney-General’s Department manages accreditation for FDRP’s. If you are seeking FDRP Accreditation through completion of these courses, please read the FDRP Accreditation information provided below to ensure you are eligible before registering for a course.

Below is a summary of the FDRP accreditation requirements. Whilst our team can provide you with  general guidance on accreditation eligibility and requirements, we strongly suggest you research the requirements outlined by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, who ultimately manage accreditation for Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners in Australia.

To be eligible to make an application to the Federal Attorney-General’s Department for FDRP accreditation, you must have completed:

AND have completed either an undergraduate degree/higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent, OR hold a current accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

*If you hold a current accreditation under the NMAS, however have not completed the Bond University Mediation Training courses listed above, you can complete our Family Dispute Resolution Training Preparation course to meet the pre-requisites for the Family Dispute Resolution courses. 

Those who have completed a Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution or the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution, and hold a current accreditation under the NMAS, are also eligible to apply.

Important information for participants of FDRP training courses, prior to 2017:

Please be advised from 1 May, 2017 the Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre’s Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner training course changed due to the introduction of the FDRP training package CHC81115. Therefore we are no longer able to sign a certificate of competency under the old training package. Participants who did not complete the requirements by the deadline will need to retrain by completing the equivalent of the new training package.

 

Family Dispute Resolution Course Options

These courses are designed to suit busy professionals who are wishing to enhance their skills in family mediation and assist families in dealing with separation issues and parenting plans. They have also been designed for those seeking FDRP accreditation, achieved through completion of all applicable courses and supervised practice. See further details below.

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: $295
Location: Online (self-paced)

Pre-requisites: This course has been designed for those who wish to complete the Family Dispute Resolution courses AND hold a current accreditation under the NMAS, however have not completed the Mediation courses through Bond University’s Centre for Dispute Resolution, as follows:

The Family Dispute Resolution Training Preparation course can be completed online at anytime via our learner portal and will provide you with the essential knowledge, skills and processes that will be further enhanced and developed when completing the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner courses.

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Duration: 5 days
Cost: $2610
Location: Online (via Zoom)

Pre-requisites:

  • Completion of the two Bond University Mediation Courses OR the Family Dispute Resolution Training Preparation Course; AND
  • Have completed either an undergraduate degree/higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent, OR hold a current accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

This online course will introduce you to the legal obligations of practising as an FDRP and will provide you with the necessary skills to practise as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. You will learn how to support the safety of vulnerable parties, manage responses to domestic, family violence, work with a child-focused approach, and be able to apply appropriate safety screening measures to effectively conduct family dispute resolution.

Upcoming course dates:

  • 9 – 13 November, 2022

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Duration: 4 days
Cost: $2610
Location: Online (via Zoom)

Pre-requisites:

  • Completion of the two Bond University Mediation Courses OR the Family Dispute Resolution Training Preparation course; AND
  • Completion of Family Dispute Resolution Training 1: Process and Skills; AND
  • have completed either an undergraduate degree/higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent, OR hold a current accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

This course will consolidate the family dispute resolution (FDR) knowledge, skills and strategies you will have learnt from the other courses, through practical application in complex simulations and clinical practice. Over 30 hours of supervised practice, you will demonstrate FDR practices necessary to manage a range of challenging scenarios within the context of post-separation parental conflict.

Upcoming course dates:

  • 10 – 13 August, 2022
  • 30 November – 3 December, 2022

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Please note: On completion of this course, you will be required to undertake an additional 20 hours of supervised FDR practice. This may be completed through the Bond University FDR Clinic, if the opportunity is available. Following the total 50 hours of clinical practice, an assessment fee of $200 is payable on the submission of the portfolio. Learn more and register online.

Course FAQ's

A Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) assists separating parents to reach consensual agreements regarding parenting arrangements and financial settlements. To be accredited as an FDRP you must make an application for accreditation through the Federal Attorney General’s Office. Once accredited, you can legally practise as a FDRP.

FDRP's can issue s. 60I certificates. These are the certificates that are required if you want to file a matter in the Family Courts (they provide evidence to the Court that FDR has or has not been attempted) and a Certificate of Dispute Resolution on completion of a dispute resolution process.

To be eligible to make an application to the Federal Attorney-General’s Department for Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) accreditation, and therefore practise as a FDRP, you must have completed:

AND have completed either an undergraduate degree/higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent, OR hold a current accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

*If you hold a current accreditation under the NMAS, however have not completed the Bond University Mediation Training courses listed above, you can complete our Family Dispute Resolution Training Preparation course to meet the pre-requisites for the Family Dispute Resolution courses. 

Those who have completed a Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution or the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution, and hold a current accreditation under the NMAS, are also eligible to apply.

No, non-lawyers can also enrol. However, anyone seeking to enrol should have an ‘appropriate qualification’ as defined in the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008 (Cth). The definition section of the regulations defines an ‘appropriate qualification’ as meaning:

  • a higher education award in: (i)  law; or (ii)  psychology or social work (however described); or (iii)  conflict management, mediation or dispute resolution (however described); OR
  • a higher education award in a field or discipline that, in the opinion of the Secretary, is relevant to the provision of family dispute resolution services; OR
  • a vocational graduate diploma (however described) in a field or discipline that, in the opinion of the Secretary, is relevant to the provision of family dispute resolution services. 

Yes! After completing all four Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution courses’ learners have the opportunity (subject to having the appropriate qualifications) to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution or the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution and complete the academic requirements for the relevant program. Contact us and we will guide you through your individual study options. 

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Yes. You must complete Family Dispute Resolution Training 1: Process and Skills before commencing Family Dispute Resolution Training 2: Supervised Clinical Practice.

No, unfortunately it is a requirement of the Federal Attorney-General’s Department that participants must complete an additional 20 hours of supervised practice upon completion of the Family Dispute Resolution Training 2: Supervised Clinical Practice course, to be eligible to apply for accreditation as an Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

This additional supervised practice may be completed through the Bond University Family Dispute Resolution Clinic. The Clinic provides high quality, client-centred specialist family dispute resolution services at a low cost with the aim of achieving the best possible outcomes for families after relationship breakdown and separation.  

An assessment fee of $200 is payable on the submission of the portfolio. Learn more and register online.

Applying for our upcoming courses is simple. Sign up in a few simple steps by following the links below. 

Apply for FDR Training 1 Apply for FDR Training 2

There is a restriction on numbers at all Centre for Dispute Resolution courses. Registrations are accepted only when full payment is received.

Cancellation by the CDR

  1. The Centre reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses at its discretion.
  2. In the event that a course is cancelled, participants will be advised no less than five (5) working days prior to the course starting.
  3. Participants will be given the option of transferring their registration free of charge to the next available course in the first instance. At the request of the participant, a full refund may be available.

Cancellation by Participant

  1. If a participant elects to cancel their enrolment in a course, cancellation fees will apply as follows:
    • More than 15 business days prior to the start of a course – transfer to the next available course or a full refund.
    • Cancellations within 5 business days prior to the start of a course are not eligible for a refund.  However, participants may apply to transfer to the next available course. Full refunds may be provided under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Centre.
    • Once a course has commenced, refunds or transfers are no longer available and registration fees are forfeited.
  2. Participants may only transfer their registration once. If unable to attend the second offering, and notification is received within 5 business days of the course commencement, the registration fees will be forfeited.

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Our expert team are available to answer your questions and guide you through your individual study options. Contact us by phone at (07) 5595 2039 or by email at [email protected].

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