Overview

Registrations close 2 weeks before course starts.

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

We're the only Queensland provider that offers an on-campus family mediation clinic so you can complete your required hours of supervised FDRP practice with real families, assisted by an experienced and accredited FDRP.

Mediators resolve disputes in a range of diverse fields, including legal, building and construction, workplace, educational and consumer settings. Family dispute resolution practitioners work with separating families to resolve issues relating to children, property and finances.

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 can come from diverse backgrounds and experience, and you can become a nationally accredited mediator or family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) regardless of your previous qualifications, provided you complete the required courses and successfully complete required assessment.

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:
  • 26-30 July 2017, 8.30am-5.30pm
Open
2 National mediation assessment course 2 days:
  • 12-13 August 2017, 9am-5pm
Open
3 Family dispute resolution (LWN204CPE)

5 days:

  • 2018 dates to be confirmed
To be confirmed
4 Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (LWN209CPE) 2018 dates to be confirmed To be confirmed
5 Family mediation practice Dependent on clients Closed
Which courses do I need to complete?

Which courses you need to complete depends on the accreditation you want to gain, and your previous qualifications. The supervised practice requirements for family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation are increasing from 8 June 2017. See details for full accreditation requirements.

Cost

2017 fees

  1. Mediation: $2,275
  2. National mediation assessment course: $1,200
  3. Family dispute resolution: $2,275
  4. Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic: To be confirmed.
  5. Family mediation practice: $1,932

This program is exempt from GST.

QUT staff discount

QUT staff receive a 10% discount on Mediation (course 1) and Family dispute resolution (course 3).

  • Mediation: $2,047.50
  • Family dispute resolution: $2,047.50

Credit eligibility

Continuing professional development (CPD) points

Solicitors may be eligible for up to 5 continuing professional development (CPD) points per course. Barristers may be eligible for 1 CPD point per hour of attendance.

If you're registered to take a course as CPD , you must attend all classes. The accreditation requirements will only be satisfied by 100% class attendance.

There is no written assessment component for CPD participants unless specified in the course outline.

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 (LWN206) and Family dispute resolution (LWN204) as units in our Master of Laws or individually as a single-unit study student. The national mediation assessment course and Family mediation practice aren't available as units 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.


Registrations close 2 weeks before course starts.

Presenters

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 Resolution Institute.

Family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation

If you want to become an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) and be able to issue section 60I certificates, the courses you need to complete depend on your existing qualifications. Regardless of your previous qualifications, you must complete the required amount of supervised practice.

Course requirements for family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation
I am a nationally accredited mediator

If you are already a nationally accredited mediator and hold current national mediator accreditation with an accrediting body such as the Queensland Law Society, Bar Association, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute (and can provide a copy of your national accreditation certificate) you need to complete:

  • Family dispute resolution (course 3)
  • Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (course 4)
  • Family mediation practice (course 5).
I am not a nationally accredited mediator

If you are not currently a nationally accredited mediator 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)
  • Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic or equivalent (course 4)
  • Family mediation practice or equivalent (course 5)

Course outlines and prerequisites

You may also be able to meet the prerequisite requirements if you've completed equivalent courses at other institutions (e.g. Bond University or College of Law).

Course 1: Mediation (LWN206CPE)

Prerequisites

None.

Course details

This course includes how to:

  • conduct a facilitative mediation process
  • encourage option generation and exploration
  • facilitiate 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
  • one assessment as a mediator under the national accreditation standards.

After successfully completing the Mediation (course 1) and this course, you will be eligible to apply to become a nationally accredited mediator with an organisation such as the Bar Association, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute, provided you satisfy the requirements of the particular organisation, including obtaining mediator insurance.

Course 3: Family dispute resolution (LWN204CPE)

Prerequisites

You must either:

  • already be a nationally accredited mediator
  • complete both:
    • Mediation (course 1)
    • National mediation assessment course (course 2) and pass your national mediation assessment.
Course details

This course covers the academic requirements of family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation, in addition to Mediation (course 1). It includes:

  • how to conduct an effective intake process
  • an introduction to facilitating the mediation process in children's and financial 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: Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (LWN209CPE)

Pre-requisites

You must either:

  • already be a nationally accredited mediator
  • complete:
    • Mediation (course 1)
    • National mediation assessment course (course 2) and pass your national mediation assessment
    • Family Dispute Resolution (course 3).
Course details

This course together with the Mediation, National mediation assessment and Family dispute resolution courses covers 30 hours of the supervised practice requirements.

Course 5: Family mediation practice

Pre-requisites

You must either:

  • already be a nationally accredited mediator
  • ensure that you:
    • complete Mediation (course 1)
    • complete National mediation assessment course (course 2) and pass your national mediation assessment
    • complete Family dispute resolution (course 3)
    • complete Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (course 4)
    • 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

Regardless of your current qualifications you must complete 50 hours of supervised practice before becoming an accredited FDRP. You can complete your prior mediation courses in the QUT Law School or at another organisation like the College of Law or Bond University.

There are several options for completing your 50 hours of supervision:

  • completing our Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (course 4) and Family mediation practice (course 5)
  • completing our Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (course 4) and organising your own placement to complete 50 hours of supervision
  • organising your own placement to complete 50 hours of supervision.
Organise your own supervised placement (20 hours)

Duration: 20 hours

Cost: $100 assessment fee

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

  • already be a nationally accredited mediator
  • complete:
    • Mediation (course 1)
    • National mediation assessment course (course 2) and pass your national mediation assessment
    • Family dispute resolution (course 3)
    • Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (course 4).

Once you've completed the Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (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 your submit your form.

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 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 provided a satisfactory supervisor report.

Organise your own supervised placement (50 hours)

Duration: 50 hours

Cost: $200 assessment fee

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

  • already be a nationally accredited mediator
  • 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. There is a $200 assessment fee that you'll need to pay when your submit your form.

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 provided a satisfactory supervisor report.

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Registration info

Registrations close 2 weeks before course starts.

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, 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.