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Overview

Registrations close 2 weeks before each course.

Gain the skills and accreditation needed to become a nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), or both.

Mediators use a structured negotiation process and conflict resolution skills to resolve disputes in diverse areas, including in legal, consumer, building and construction, workplace, education, neighbourhood and health provider settings.

Family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) work with separating families to resolve issues relating to children, property and finances. We are one of the few FDRP training providers offering courses that enable you to complete your 50 hours of supervised practice. We have an on-campus Family Mediation Service where we assist separating couples to make decisions about their children, property and financial arrangements. In our FDRP program you can complete 20 hours of your required hours of supervised practice in this service, assisted by experienced and accredited FDRPs.

Who should participate

The courses you need to complete depends on the type of accreditation you are seeking. For full details of the course content see the details tab.

I want to mediate civil disputes

You should complete course 1 (LWN206 Mediation) if you want to mediate in a civil area of the law, or if you are planning on using your mediation and conflict resolution skills to assist to resolve disputes in a range of contexts, such as in building and construction, consumer, workplace, education or health provider settings.

I want to be nationally accredited

National accreditation is required or is an advantage for people seeking to mediate for some courts, tribunals, government departments and specialist mediation panels.

You need to complete courses 1a and 2 and pass your national mediation assessment on the second day of course 2. You must complete the 2-day national mediation assessment course within a 24 month period, as is a requirement of the National Mediation Approval Standards. You then apply to an accrediting body for nationally accreditation.

This accreditation scheme is overseen by the National Mediator Standards Board. To become accredited you will be responsible for your application, mediator insurance and any other costs. To retain your national accreditation you will generally need to complete 25 hours of mediations and 25 hours of continuing professional development in each 2 year cycle.

I want to become an accredited FDRP

FDRPs mediate parenting disputes between separated couples and can issue s60I certificates. They may also mediate property and financial issues. The FDRP accreditation process is overseen by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Entry to these courses is available if you meet one of these criteria:

  • you hold an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in law, psychology, social work, conflict management, dispute resolution, family law mediation or equivalent
  • you hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)
  • you hold the mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package(CHC)
  • you can provide documented evidence of previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills.

Delivery

Where:

Courses

QUT Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane
Qld 4001

Family mediation supervised practice

QUT Health Clinics
44 Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059

When:

I want to mediate civil disputes
Course numberName Dates and times Registration status
1a Mediation (LWN206CPE)

5 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day, on either:

  • 14-18 February 2018
  • 18-22 July 2018
Open
2 National mediation assessment

2 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day, on either:

  • 17-18 March 2018
  • 11-12 August 2018

Open

I want to become an accredited FDRP
Course numberName Dates and times Registration status
1a Mediation (LWN206CPE)

5 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day, on either:

  • 14-18 February 2018
  • 18-22 July 2018
Open
1b Online Mediation (LWN206CPE)

Semester 1 (22 January 2018)

  • Online modules to be completed by 31 May 2018

Semester 2 (1 June 2018)

  • Online modules to be completed by 26 October 2018

Registration for Semester 1 opening soon.

Email your interest to Continuing Professional Education

2 National mediation assessment

2 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day, on either:

  • 17-18 March 2018
  • 11-12 August 2018
Open
3 Family dispute resolution (LWN204CPE)

Semester One course:

5 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day

  • 18-22 April 2018

Semester Two course:

5 days, 8:45am - 5pm each day

  • 8 - 12 August 2018

Open

4 Case management (LWN209CPE)

Semester One course:

5 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day:

  • 23-27 May 2018

Semester Two course:

5 days, 8:45am - 5pm each day:

  • 12 - 16 September 2018

Open.

 
5

Family mediation practice (LWN210)

Dependent on the parties you're allocated to work with.

Registration opening soon.

Email your interest to Continuing Professional Education

Entry on basis of national accreditation

If you are seeking entry to the FDR courses based on the basis of national mediation accreditation and are not yet nationally accredited you will need to complete course 1a and 2, then course 1b before undertaking the further courses.

Cost

  • Mediation & Online Mediation: $2,590 each
  • National mediation assessment course: $1,300
  • Family dispute resolution: $2,500
  • Case management: $2,500
  • Family mediation practice: $2,500

This program is exempt from GST.

QUT staff, student and alumni discount

QUT staff, students and alumni receive a 10% discount on Mediation (course 1a & 1b),  National mediation assessment (course 2), Family dispute resolution (course 3), and Case management (course 4).

  • Mediation: $2,331
  • National mediation course: $1,170
  • Family dispute resolution: $2,250
  • Case management: $2,250

Credit eligibility

Continuing professional development (CPD) points

Solicitors and barristers may receive continuing professional development (CPD) points for each course. Contact the Queensland Law Society or the Bar Association to find out how many CPD points they will allocate.

If you're registered to take a course as CPD , you must attend all classes and complete all online modules, where relevant. The mediation accreditation requirements will only be satisfied by 100% class attendance and 100% of online completion, where relevant.

Credit towards university study

If you complete these courses as a continuing professional education short course participant, you won't be eligible for credit towards postgraduate study at QUT.

You can complete Mediation (course 1a) and the National Mediation Assessment course (combined in LWN206), Family dispute resolution (LWN204), Case management (LWN209), and Family Mediation Practice (LWN210) as units in our Master of Laws or Master of Applied Law or as a single-unit study student.

Contact

For information about all other course content and assessment, contact the course lecturer, Donna Cooper.

For registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.


Registrations close 2 weeks before each course.

Presenters and supervisors

Our presenters combine teaching and academic experience with industry experience. All of our presenters and mediation coaches are currently practicing as mediators.

Our mediation courses are presented by:

  • Donna Cooper LLB (QUT), LLM (QUT)
  • Brad Lewis BSc/ BA (Griffith)
  • Linda Kochanksi LLB (UQ), GDipLegPrac (QUT)

Our FDRP supervisors and mediation coaches include:

Resources

You will receive access to online teaching facilities, the QUT Library and QUT Law Library.

Course outlines and prerequisites

Course 1a and 1b: Mediation (LWN206CPE)

Prerequisites

None.

Course details

The course content includes how to:

  • conduct a facilitative mediation process
  • encourage option generation and exploration
  • facilitate interest-based negotiations
  • improve your communication and conflict resolution skills

Course 2: National mediator assessment course

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Mediation (course 1a) Or

Successful completion of course 1b and courses 3 and 4

Course details

You will complete:

  • one day of intensive practice including oral and written feedback from nationally accredited coaches
  • a second day of practice and one assessment as a mediator under the national accreditation standards.

After successfully completing Mediation course 1a or Mediation course 1b and courses 3 and 4 and passing your national mediation assessment, you will be eligible to apply to become a nationally accredited mediator with an organisation such as the Bar Association, Queensland Law Society, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute, provided you pay the requisite fees and satisfy the the additional requirements of the particular organisation, including holding current mediator insurance.

Course 3: Family dispute resolution (LWN204CPE)

Prerequisites

This study is only open to people who have completed Mediation (course 1a or 1b) and meet one of the following criteria:

  • hold an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in law, psychology, social work, conflict management, dispute resolution, family law mediation or equivalent
  • hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)
  • hold the mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC)
  • can provide documented evidence of previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills.
Course details

This course includes:

  • how to conduct an effective intake process
  • facilitating the mediation process in children's cases
  • family dynamics
  • how to encourage parents to enter into child-focused and developmentally-appropriate parenting arrangements
  • managing power imbalances
  • domestic violence and child protection issues.

Course 4: Case management (LWN209CPE)

Pre-requisites

You must have completed:

  • Mediation (course 1a or course 1b)
  • Family Dispute Resolution (course 3).
Course details

This course consolidates your knowledge and skills in family dispute resolution and working with families in conflict. You'll participate in simulated intake and suitability assessments and family dispute resolution processes including in parenting and financial cases.

The final 20 hours of supervised practice can be completed either by:

  • Family mediation practice (course 5) or
  • organising your own placement which must be approved by the QUT Law School.

Course 5: Family mediation practice (LWN210CPE)

Prerequisites

You must:

  • have completed Mediation (course 1a or course 1b)
  • have completed Family dispute resolution (course 3)
  • have completed Case management (course 4)
  • have completed National mediation assessment course (course 2) and passed your national mediation assessment
  • hold current national mediation accreditation with an accrediting body such as the Bar Association, Queensland Law Society, Australian Mediation Association or The Resolution Institute
  • have valid and current mediator insurance.
Course details

Our Family mediation practice course will enable you to complete 20 hours of your supervised practice, which is a prerequisite to applying for family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation. You will mediate family law disputes with real families at the QUT Family Mediation Service on our Kelvin Grove campus, under the supervision of an experienced and accredited FDRPs .

Supervised practice requirements for family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation

Organise your own supervised placement (20 hours)

Duration: 20 hours

Cost: $100 assessment fee

To meet the prerequisites for the supervision arrangement, you must complete:

  • Mediation (course 1a or 1b)
  • Family dispute resolution (course 3)
  • Case management (course 4)

Once you've completed Case management (course 4) you may elect to complete your remaining 20 hours of supervised placement in a practice setting such as in a Family Relationships Centre or other community mediation service.

You must organise your own placement for 20 hours of supervised FDR practice. You must submit a completed FDR supervised placement approval form in advance of your first FDR supervised session. There is a $100 assessment fee that you'll need to pay when you submit your form.

You will be required to submit a supervision report for each supervised FDR session, as well as a learning journal.

Your supervisor will need to provide a report to the QUT Law School certifying that you've completed 20 hours of supervised family dispute resolution sessions. We will only issue a certificate of completion of the family dispute resolution practitioner requirements once you've completed the required 20 hours of supervised practice and provided a satisfactory supervisor report.

Organise your own supervised placement (50 hours)

Duration: 50 hours

Cost: $100

To meet the prerequisites for the supervision arrangement, you must complete:

  • Mediation (course 1a only)
  • Family dispute resolution (course 3).

Once you've completed the Family dispute resolution (course 3) you may elect to complete your remaining 50 hours of supervised placement in a practice setting such as in a Family Relationships Centre or other community mediation service.

You must organise your own placement for 50 hours of supervised FDR practice. You must submit a completed FDR supervised placement approval form in advance of your first FDR supervised session.

You will be required to submit a supervision report for each supervised FDR session, as well as a learning journal.

You supervisor will need to provide a report to the QUT Law School certifying that you've completed 50 hours of supervised family dispute resolution mediations. We will only issue a certificate of completion of the family dispute resolution practitioner requirements once you've completed the required 50 hours of supervised practice and provided a satisfactory supervisor report.

Register

Registrations close 2 weeks before each course.

Payment

When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

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

FEE-HELP is only available if you enroll in these units under Master of Laws or Master of Applied Law.

QUT staff discount

To receive the 10% discount for QUT staff, students and alumni, email Continuing Professional Education before registering to request a discount code. QUT staff must use their QUT email account.

Cancellation

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

If you cancel 10 business days before the course commences, you will receive a partial refund, i.e. full amount minus a non-refundable $100 registration fee. No registration refunds will be made after this time.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.