Mediation Institute Member Groups

We are expanding the functionality of the Mediation Institute Members course area by setting up a number of groups that you can join.

What are groups?

Groups are an opportunity for members to collaborate and share around specific focus areas.  Watch this short video from Joanne Law to find out more about the groups and how to move from group to group.

What groups are available?

We have set up three groups at the time of writing this but are open to suggestions from members for more. Current Groups are:

Mediation Supervisors – this is a closed group which means it is by invitation only for those members who are interested in being part of our Paid Supervision Directory to make accessing professional supervision easier for mediators.

Practice Area Groups – this is an open group which means that you can join and move between the sub-groups as often as you want. Current sub-groups are:

  • Australian Mediation Awareness Week Supporter Group for those who are interested in either running an event or supporting others to run an event for the Australian Mediation Awareness Week in October 2018
  • Child Inclusive Practice Group which is intended for those FDR Practitioners who have completed further studies in Child Inclusive Practice.
  • Elder Mediation Group which is intended for those who are providing Elder Mediation Services or interested in this area of practice
  • FDR Practitioner Group which is intended for those who are accredited FDR Practitioners
  • Workplace Mediation Group which is intended for those who are interested in Workplace Mediation

We are more than happy to facilitate more sub-groups going as granular as you would like.  Other thoughts might be for those who are interested in Restorative Justice or Transformative Mediation for example.

– State Based Groups – We have set up a state based group for every state or territory and one for ex-Pats. Those of you who don’t have a lot of colleagues in your group e.g. ACT and ex-Pats may find it convenient to pop into the other groups or if you are traveling interstate to use the group announcement to invite others to catch up.

Early Adopters and Laggards

Those who know Mediation Institute and especially our Directors Joanne Law and Paul Kenna know that we are innovators.Diffusion of Innovations

We were the first to introduce Video Mediation as an effective training methodology in Australia for the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution and won the eLearning Excellence Award for the VET sector in 2013.

We strongly support the use of technology to reduce cost, time and overcome accessibility barriers for mediators and mediation clients and part of our mission as a Membership Body is to help all of our members to be on the right side of the digital divide.

I am telling you this because unless you push yourself up the diffusion curve and make use of the groups, webinars and joining in on our Video Mediation Role Plays you will miss out on the potential for professional development, collaboration and sharing that they make available to you for free.

We have 50 members now so that means if you fit the norm of the general population we’ve only got about six of you who will actively engage and start to build these groups.

Since only about thirty of you have joined the collaboration course you seem to be right on par for the adoption curve.

Can the Early Adopters please step forward by getting in touch about how you can use the Groups to enhance your membership experience. You know you want to!

Once you do and start getting some content and interaction happening the early majority (another 17 or so of you) will join in and start using the groups more actively to network, ask for resources and share opportunities.

Sometime in a year or two the late majority might twig about all the opportunities they are missing out on and get involved from time time time.

The laggards will probably still not have joined Study 247 be uninterested in doing things in a way that is different to the way they have always done things unless the old opportunities no longer exist.

They say you should always have a call to action at the end of every post so …

Call to action!

– Early Adopters please book in a time to have a chat about how you can benefit from the groups area of the Mediation Institute RMAB Members Collaboration area

– Early Majority please click on the People Link in the course and join the groups that interest you.

– The Late Majority please use the instructions in the Weekly Members Update to log into the Members Collaboration area. It has links to the role play scheduler, lots of tools and resources, information and other good things as well as the links to join the Groups that interest you.

Supervisors – if you are an experienced mediator with more than two years post accreditation experience and are confident that you can provide real value for a mentee send Joanne an email to express your interest in the Supervisors Group.  This is a by invitation group as we want to use it to support the paid supervisors among us to develop a Directory of Supervisors.




Proposals and Agreements

We were doing feedback after a role play recently and the question of proposals and agreements came up.

When you are learning mediation your mentors will tell you not to rush to agreement.

One of the really common problems is the mediator trying to rush the parties towards an agreement before they fully understand and have the opportunity to consider what is being proposed. It is counter productive and doesn’t work.

Don’t think that the first time you see the parties coming up with options and making proposals that they have an agreement and definitely don’t try to lock them into them!

What’s your proposal?

You could think of proposals in Mediation as being reverse-marriage proposals.

When someone proposes marriage they usually get an immediate reaction without any questions about exactly what they expect the marriage to be like.

If the proposal is accepted then they start working out the when, what will the wedding be like, where will they live and some of the detail of their life together. All without knowing what is being proposed in any detail before they say yes.

If they say no they are rejecting the proposal based on an emotional response without much information about what life together the other person is proposing.

Exploring the proposal before you say yes or no.

If they used mediation to negotiate getting married the mediator would help them to explore the proposal before saying yes or no.

We’d probably have less work as FDR Practitioners if that became common practice.

Proposals and Agreements

Mediation Practice Development Webinar #1/2018

The first Mediation Practice Development Webinar #1/2018 was a quiet one as it appears that most members are still on holidays or perhaps just still in holiday mode and not focused on building your mediation practices.


You can watch an edited recording of the webinar and discussion below.

Webinar 170118 Practice Development No 1 2018 from Mediation Institute on Vimeo.

Share and Discuss

You can participate in a discussion with other members in the Mediation Institute RMAB collaboration area on Study 247 Online –

Let us know if you are having trouble logging in. All Members and Students should have access to this collaboration space.


As mentioned we are happy to repost and share members content and if you do not have a blog or website as yet you can be a guest blogger if you have interesting and informative content to share that is relevant to dispute resolution or for dispute resolution professionals such as tools, resources or tips for your fellow mediators which we can post on the RMAB website for members.


Visual Mediation with Lisa Aurora

Are you using Visual Mediation?

Mediation Institute hosted a webinar with Lisa Arora visual communication specialist mediator in 2017. Lisa is located in British Columbia, Canada and has agreed to host a webinar for Mediation Institute to discuss Visual Mediation.

If you were unable to join us you can watch a recording of our webinar here – Mediation Institute Visual Mediation Webinar with Lisa Aurora

Joanne and Lisa had a chat this week to discuss her approach to Visual Mediation. Lisa is a leading practitioner of Visual Mediation and is very generous in sharing her knowledge and expertise.

The Virtual Mediation Lab ran a webinar with Lisa in December 2017 and the recording of the webinar is located here –

How to engage more

Lisa very generously shares a Visual Mediation Agenda step-by-step guide on her website. Go to Lisa’s website and download her free Visual Agenda Template and 32 page Mediators Guide.

Visual Mediation AgendaThe Visual Mediation Agenda

Are you using Visual Mediation?

It would be great to take the discussion on visual mediation into a deeper discussion.  Log into the Mediation Institute Mediator Members collaborative space on Study 247 Online –





The Power of Thought: Updates in Brain Plasticity

Heads up on an interesting looking CPD opportunity for 2018. This is for the information of members and is not a Mediation Institute event.

Norman Doidge, M.D.

The Power of Thought: Updates in Brain Plasticity

Brisbane 17 & 18 May 2018, Sydney 24 & 25 May 2018, Melbourne 28 & 29 May 2018

  • Super Sale – $660 if paid before 15.12.2017
  • Keen – $770 if paid before 15.3.2017
  • Early – $880 if paid before 20.4.2017
  • Standard – $1,100

Extraordinary Advances in Neuroplasticity

 In this new workshop, Norman Doidge will explore some extraordinary advances made in the last 2 years in clinical applications of neuroplasticity, and show how to understand new insights on the brain’s circuits and hemispheres can enhance our understanding of, and improve treatment of patients with brain problems, and help deepen our approach to psychotherapy with challenging patients.

Weaving between neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, psychotherapy, great literature, and even anthropological findings, this workshop will both update the attendee on the latest neuroplastic developments, reinforce basics, and shed more detailed light on psychotherapy, and the how to help patients who are caught in rigid, unhealthy patterns, grow out of that rigidity, and make use of their neuroplastic potential.

Training Information

Day 1

  • Opening. Why do we have two hemispheres? How they get imbalanced, leaving us devitalized, stuck in a rut, making us more rigid; how the hemispheres malfunction in psychiatric problems; how to reset the balance, enhance productivity, and vitality.
  • An overview of the five stages of neuroplastic healing, and how the apply to psychiatric, psychological and neurological brain problems.
  • Correcting general cellular problems, and reversing Alzheimer’s disease (arguably the most important neurological breakthrough of the last 50 years); the first 200 cases who have reversed their symptoms; preventing Alzheimer’s, even in those with the Alheimer’s gene
  • Parkinson’s, MS, PoNS, stroke update. Breakthrough in TBI treatment in the last two years. Hyperbaric oxygen breakthrough for stroke and TBI. Arrowsmith study. TMS breakthrough.

Day 2

  • The power of directed thought; helping rigid, concrete and egocentric “non-mentalizing” clients access their neuroplastic potential. Understanding the kind of thinking that drives neuroplastic change; the thought spectrum, from directed to undirected thought.
  • Growth attitudes and circuitry, verses anti-growth attitudes and circuitry, in therapy and life: highlighting how these take hold in us, and our clients; anti-growth circuitry and it relation to depression, and “the dormancy tendency;” using the right hemisphere stimulation to access growth attitudes.
  • Listening Therapy Update, more autism breakthroughs; TBI update with complex cases; neuroplastic approaches to multiple chemical sensitivities and fibromyalgia.
  • Review, Q & A.

These workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors, social workers, neuropsychologists, chiropractors, osteopaths, psychometrists, recreational therapists, occupational and physio-therapists and naturopaths.

There are no prerequisites to attending this workshop. Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

These workshops are aimed to bring you up to date with the very latest research and clinical implications from the field of neuroplasticity.

Normans Publications


More information and bookings –