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. If you have an undergraduate degree in law, social work, or psychology, or postgraduate qualifications in conflict management or dispute resolution, you may not need to complete all courses to obtain your FDRP accreditation.

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

Course number Name Dates and times Registration status
1 Mediation (LWN206CPE) 5 days. Choose one of:
  • 8-12 February 2017, 8.30am-5.30pm
  • 26-30 July 2017, 8.30am-5.30pm
Open
2 National mediation assessment course 2 days. Choose one of:
  • 4-5 March 2017, 9am-5pm
  • 12-13 August 2017, 9am-5pm
Open
3 Family dispute resolution (LWN204CPE)
  • 5 days:
    1-5 March 2017, 8.30am-5pm
Open
4 Family mediation practice Dependent on clients Open
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 6 June 2017. See details for full accreditation requirements.

Cost

  1. Mediation: $2,275
  2. National mediation assessment course: $1,200
  3. Family dispute resolution: $2,275
  4. 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 all course notes as well as 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, 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 have related qualifications

If you have an undergraduate degree in law, social work or psychology, or postgraduate qualifications in conflict management or dispute resolution, you need to complete:

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

You must then complete the required amount of supervised practice, which you can do through our Family mediation practice course (course 4) or by organising your own supervision.

I don't have related qualifications

If you don't have an undergraduate degree in law, social work or psychology, or postgraduate qualifications in conflict management or dispute resolution, you need to complete:

  • Mediation (course 1)
  • National mediator assessment course (course 2)
  • Family dispute resolution (course 3).

You must then complete the required amount of supervised practice, which you can do through our Family mediation practice course (course 4) or by organising your own supervision.

I am already a nationally accredited mediator and want to become a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP)

If you're already a nationally accredited mediator, you need to complete:

  • Family dispute resolution (course 3).

You must then complete the required amount of supervised practice, which you can do through our Family mediation practice course (course 4) or by organising your own supervision.

I have completed a mediation course, and want to become nationally accredited and an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP)

If you have completed a mediation course, you need to complete:

  • Family dispute resolution (course 3).

You can then undertake your national mediation assessment on day 5 of Family dispute resolution (course 3), provided you will have completed both a mediation course and Family dispute resolution (course 3) within 24 months of each other.

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

Regardless of your previous qualifications, you must complete the required amount of supervised practice to be eligible to apply for accreditation as an FDRP. You can do this through our Family mediation practice course (course 4) or by organising your own supervision.

If you complete all of the necessary mediation courses and your supervised practice before 6 June 2017, you need to complete 10 hours of supervised practice.

The supervised FDRP practice requirements will increase on 6 June 2017. If you complete some or all of your mediation courses after 6 June 2017 or some of your supervised practice after 6 June 2017, you will need to complete more knowledge requirements and 50 hours of supervised practice.

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.

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).

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: none.

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 mediation practice

Prerequisites: successful completion of Mediation (course 1), the national mediator assessment course (course 2), and Family dispute resolution (course 3).

Our Family mediation practice course will enable you to complete 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 .

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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.