Overview

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

Mediators resolve disputes in diverse areas, including legal, building and construction, workplace, educational, neighbourhood and consumer settings. Family dispute resolution practitioners work with separating families to resolve issues relating to children and financial issues.

We offer an on-campus family mediation clinic operating Monday - Friday so you can complete your required hours of supervised FDRP practice with real families, assisted by experienced and accredited FDRPs.

Who should participate

Members of the law profession (including commercial, building and construction, family, elder law, native title and neighbourhood law) and experienced professionals with a special interest in mediation.

Mediators who mediate in civil areas can come from diverse backgrounds and experience. For entry to our Family dispute resolution (course 1) and/or Case management (course 4) you must hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in law, psychology, social work, conflict management or dispute resolution.

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:

We offer five short courses. We reserve the right to cancel courses where there are low registrations.

Course numberName Dates and times Registration status
1 Mediation (LWN206CPE)

5 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day:

  • 14-18 February 2018 or
  • 18-22 July 2018
Opening soon
2 National mediation assessment  2 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day:
  • 17-18 March 2018 or
  • 11-12 August 2018
Opening soon
3 Family dispute resolution (LWN204CPE)

5 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day:

  • 18-22 April 2018
Opening soon
4 Case management (LWN209CPE) 

5 days, 8.45am - 5pm each day:

  • 23-27 May 2018
Opening soon
5 Family mediation practice Dependent on the parties you're allocated to work with. Open
Which courses do I need to complete?

Which courses you need to complete depends on the accreditation you want to gain. See details for full accreditation requirements.

Cost

  • Mediation: $2,590
  • 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 1),  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 and 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. The mediation accreditation requirements will only be satisfied by 100% class attendance.

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 and the National Mediation Assessment course (combined in LWN206), Family dispute resolution (LWN204) and Case management (LWN209) as units in our Master of Laws or individually as a single-unit study student.

The Family mediation practice course isn't available as a unit for postgraduate or visiting students.

Contact

For information about Family mediation practice, contact the course lecturer, Ms Jennifer Felton.

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

For registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.


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Presenters and supervisors

Our mediation courses are co-presented by:

Resources

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

Accreditation requirements

Before you register, we recommend reading the accreditation requirements and checking course prerequisites to determine the appropriate mediation course for your needs. The accreditation requirements will only be satisfied by 100% class attendance.

National accreditation as a mediator in a civil area of law

If you want to mediate in a civil area of law, you should become a nationally accredited mediator under the national accreditation scheme, set out by the Mediator Standards Board.

To become nationally accredited you must complete:

  • Mediation (course 1)
  • National mediator assessment course (course 2), including passing your national assessment on day 2.

Once you have completed these two courses and passed your national assessment, you can apply to become a national accredited mediator with an accrediting body such as the Bar Association, Queensland Law Society, Australian Mediation Association or The Resolution Institute. Once the accrediting body has accepted your application and accredited you, you will be a nationally accredited mediator.

Family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation

If you want to enrol in our course to become an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) and be able to issue section 60I certificates, you must have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in law, psychology, social work, conflict management, dispute resolution, family law mediation or equivalent.

You need to complete:

  • Mediation (course 1)
  • National mediation assessment course (course 2) and have passed your national mediation assessment
  • Family dispute resolution (course 3)
  • Case management (course 4)
  • Family mediation practice or equivalent (course 5)

Course outlines and prerequisites

Course 1: Mediation (LWN206CPE)

Prerequisites

None.

Course details

This course includes how to:

  • conduct a facilitative mediation process
  • encourage option generation and exploration
  • facilitate interest-based negotiations
  • improve your communication and conflict resolution skills
  • hold private meetings
  • use mediator impartiality, and ethics and legal issues in mediation.

Course 2: National mediator assessment course

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Mediation (course 1).

Course details

You will complete:

  • one day of intensive practice and receive 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 1) 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 satisfy the additional requirements of the particular organisation, including holding current mediator insurance.

Course 3: Family dispute resolution (LWN204CPE)

Prerequisites

You must:

  • hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in law, psychology, social work, conflict management or dispute resolution
  • have completed:
    • Mediation (course 1)
    • National mediation assessment course (course 2) and pass your national mediation assessment.
Course details

This course partially covers the academic requirements of family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation. It includes:

  • how to conduct an effective intake process
  • an introduction to 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 1)
  • National mediation assessment course (course 2) and pass your national mediation assessment
  • 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)
  • organising your own placement which must be approved by the QUT Law School.

Course 5: Family mediation practice

Pre-requisites

You must :

  • have completed Mediation (course 1)
  • have completed National mediation assessment course (course 2) and passed your national mediation assessment
  • have completed Family dispute resolution (course 3)
  • 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 parenting disputes with real families at the QUT Family Mediation Service on our Kelvin Grove campus, under the supervision of an experienced and accredited FDRP .

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 1)
  • National mediation assessment course (course 2)
  • 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 mediations. 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 1)
  • National mediation assessment course (course 2) and pass your national mediation assessment
  • 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.

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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.

QUT staff discount

To receive the 10% discount for QUT staff, students and alumni, email Continuing Professional Education before registering to request a VIP 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.