Overview

Registrations close at 5pm on Friday 20 October 2017.

This program provides 20 hours of supervised practice towards the 50 hours of supervised practice required for accreditation as a family dispute resolution practitioner with the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

Who should participate

You must have completed either:

  • QUT units Family Dispute Resolution (LWN204) and Mediation (LWN206)
  • equivalent courses at another institution.

You can complete these two units as part of a Master of Laws, or as continuing professional development in our professional mediation program.

You also need to:

  • have passed your assessment under the National Mediation Standards
  • be a nationally accredited mediator with an accrediting body like the Bar Association, the Resolution Institute or the Australian Mediation Association. This is to ensure that you have mediator indemnity insurance and a complaints mechanism.

If you're not nationally accredited, you can register for our national mediation assessment course, which is part of our professional mediation program.

Delivery

Where:

QUT Health Clinics
44 Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059

When:

Available from 15 September - 15 December 2017

Cost

2017 fee: $2,500 (GST-free)

Contact

For more information about the program content, contact the program coordinator Ms Jennifer Felton.

For registration or payment queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.


Registrations close at 5pm on Friday 20 October 2017.

Program content

The program will cover the family dispute resolution process from initial contact with a party until completion. On three occasions, you'll:

  • contact parties and assess their willingness to participate in the process of family dispute resolution
  • undertake a screening and intake process of both parties (to be undertaken separately and by telephone)
  • decide on suitability for the process
  • arrange a mutually agreeable time for parties, the practitioner, the supervisor and QUT's Family Mediation Service for the mediation
  • meet with the supervisor for 30 minutes before the mediation, and again after the mediation for briefing and reflection
  • undertake the mediation, supervised in a co-mediation role with a supervisor on at least one occasion, and undertake at least one mediation under supervision as the sole mediator. If the opportunity presents, you can undertake a co-mediation with another mediator
  • draw up an agreement, if reached
  • issue a section 60I family dispute resolution certificate.

Throughout the program you'll be able to have telephone or email contact with the supervisor.

Mediation

If the mediation doesn't proceed or is assessed as unsuitable, you'll be assigned another client.

Your case assignment

As potential parties contact the QUT Family Mediation Service, cases will be assigned to practitioners in the order that you enrolled. This Family Mediation Practice course is dependent on clients and, while we aim to complete everyone’s supervision by mid-December 2017, we cannot guarantee the number of clients that will be coming through the service.

If you cancel your program registration and then register again later, you'll move to the end of the waiting list for being assigned a party.

If, through no fault on your part, the mediation does not proceed with your allocated party, you will be offered the opportunity to work with a new party. You will stay at the top of the party allocation list.

Outcomes

Once you've completed your 50 hours of supervised practice, you'll receive a certificate that will let you apply to the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department for accreditation and registration as a family dispute resolution practitioner.

You'll need to satisfy the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department's criteria and standards to be accredited and registered.

The application for accreditation is available through the Attorney-General's Department website.

Registration info

Registrations close at 5pm on Friday 20 October 2017.

Payment

When you register for this program, you will create an account with us. You'll be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card. Once you have made payment, you'll receive your case assignment.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.

Cancellation

To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the program manager at the Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel before you've been assigned a party, and haven't paid for the program, your registration will be cancelled at no charge.

If you've already paid for the program and then cancel before being assigned to a party but within six months of registering, you will receive a partial refund, ie, the total fee minus a non-refundable $100 administration fee.

If you cancel your registration after you've paid and have been assigned a party, you will not be eligible for a refund.

If, through no fault on your part, the mediation does not proceed with your allocated party, you will be offered the opportunity to work with a new party. You will stay at the top of the party allocation list.

Registering again after cancelling

If you register again for the program after you've cancelled, you'll move to the end of the waiting list for being assigned a party.