Mediation Practice Development Webinars

Mediation Practice Development Webinars

Updated: 21st September 2017

The practice group stated last night (20th September) and the attendees put together a schedule for future sessions.


Structure: One hour webinar

Date and Time: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm Eastern Standard Time (Brisbane time all year round)  That might shift a bit around Christmas and January.


  • Free for Mediation Institute RMAB Members
  • $35 for non-members

Host: Ken Speakman 

Meeting Number: 555 222 2555


  • 20 minute presentation on the topic for the webinar
  • Open mike Q & A, success and horror stories
  • Take away’s

CPD: 1 hour CPD. You must register to have your CPD recorded but we recommend you add it to your Professional Development spreadsheet as well.

Scheduled Dates and Mediation Practice Development Dates Topics

Topics and registration links will be updated once we have the survey data back.

  1. Wednesday 20th September 2017  – Meet, greet and determine topics
  2. Wednesday 18th October 2017  – Marketing – Client Psychology
  3. Wednesday 15th November 2017 – Writing Articles
  4. Wednesday 20th December 2017 – Creating Video Articles
  5. Wednesday 17th January 2018 – Social Media (Facebook B2C)
  6. Wednesday 21st February 2018 – Building an Integrated Online Marketing Plan
  7. Wednesday 21st March 2018 – Web Page Design Overview
  8. Wednesday 18st April 2018 – Build Your Personal Brand
  9. Wednesday 16th May 2018 – The Key Person of Influence (KPI) Process
  10. Wednesday 20th June 2018 –  Mentoring & Coaching
  11. Wednesday 18th July 2018 – Business 2 Business (B2B) Marketing
  12. Wednesday 15th August 2018 – Business 2 Consumer (B2C) Marketing
  13. Wednesday 19th September 2018 – Professional Associations & Groups

This webinar series on Mediation Practice Development is designed to help mediators develop their mediation practice. The sessions will run monthly on topics chosen by our members.

Log in and go to the members area for discussions, video recordings and resources.

  • Free for Members and $35 a session for non-members

We will add links to the recordings of the sessions for members who can’t attend live to this page over time.  You will also be able to participate in discussions of the topics in the groups area.

What if I am a mediator but am not NMAS Accredited?

Can I still join Mediation Institute RMAB?

Mi RMAB Membership but not NMAS Accreditation

Mediation Institute supports the voluntary mediator accreditation system in Australia and does not accept membership application from mediators who do not accredit under the NMAS except for accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners.

The NMAS course is a 40 hour skill based course and the ongoing professional development requirements of an average of 1 hour a month of Mediation related professional development is not a difficult standard to meet. While you may believe that you are an excellent mediator, who can tell?

We believe that anyone who holds themselves out to be a mediator should achieve and maintain the NMAS Accreditation standard. Visit for more information about how we can help you to reach the standard.

I’m confused. I’m a FDR Practitioner which is a much bigger course. Why do I have to become NMAS Accredited?

You don’t have to get NMAS. We will accept your application for Mediation Institute RMAB membership as a NON-NMAS Accredited FDR Practitioner Member. You have ongoing professional development and practice standards through your FDRP accreditation so we’re fine with that as an indicator of your professionalism as a mediator.

If you are interested in becoming NMAS accredited you may meet the requirements for NMAS accreditation through the experience qualified pathway. All you would need is to provide evidence of that and pass an assessment of your skills. We’d be happy to assist with your experience qualified pathway application for NMAS Accreditation should you choose to get that accreditation as well as your FDR Practitioner accreditation.

I was NMAS Accredited but I let it lapse or don’t meet the renewal requirements.

If you have been offering mediation services unaccredited there is an experienced qualified pathway to NMAS Accreditation which we would be very happy to talk with you about if you are interested in becoming accredited again. It does not require you to complete the NMAS training course.

All you need to do is provide evidence of your recent experience and pass an assessment role play.

We also have a NMAS Re-Accreditation Course which includes a refresher on the theory and practice of mediation. We provide you with the opportunity to practice and renew your knowledge of mediation and meet the re-accreditation requirements. Your membership must not have lapsed more than six months ago unless you have evidence that you have met the mediation practice hours requirements.

NMAS Re-Accreditation Course – Mediator Refresher Course

Online Peer Group Mediation Supervision

We had nine people attend our very first Online Peer Group Mediation Supervisionion group last night (7/9/2017) and made use of the opportunity to begin self-organising.

It is called Online Peer Group Mediation Supervision because while the group is moderated it does not have a specific supervisor. The intention is that it is an opportunity for a collegiate discussion among peers about specific topics that the group has decided are relevant to them.

The group decided that we’d like to have a theme or focus for the session each month and to use a group on the website to discuss those options outside of the monthly get together.

I have also set up a survey that you can use to prioritise your areas of focus. Please add your voice.

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2017

As you may be aware there is a current amendment to the Family Law Act 1975 to help strengthen provisions regarding family violence.

The exposure draft identifies the proposed changes including Part 2 – Strengthening the powers of the courts to protect victims of family violence.

The submissions may be of interest if you have time for some reading.

Mediation Institute Membership Update to August 2017

We’ve been kept busy with a steady growth in members since Mediation Institute has become a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body. We now have over forty members with numbers climbing.

We would like to make sure that everyone who wants one has a profile on the site.

As you can see we have a lot of mystery men so get your photos in. Square and at least 400 x 400 pixels. You can email them to and don’t forget to log in and update your member profile in the back end of the website.

We will be putting in a map soon so that it is easy to find out where other members are and for the public looking for members for work. We will only list the people who have agreed to a public profile.

The graph below shows our practitioner members only.

Members to August 2017

Membership Demographics

Our members are in three somewhat overlapping categories.

  • NMAS Accredited Mediators (who may also be NMAS Accredited)
  • FDR Practitioners (who may also be NMAS Accredited)
  • Students who are neither NMAS Mediators or FDR Practitioners
  • NMAS Accredited Mediators 68%
  • FDR Practitioners 59%
  • Students 27%

Regular Web Meetings

We’ve started regular webinars to provide professional and practice development opportunities for members. Remember they are free to attend. If you are having trouble with working out how to log in to get your member discount just send an email to or call us on 1300 781 533

  • The 1st Wednesday of every month an Online Group Supervision Session (except this month it is on Thursday 7th this month)
     Online Peer Group Supervision Session
  • The 3rd Wednesday of every month an Online Tutorial / Discussion Group on Practice Development. If you haven’t already please complete this survey to let us know what you are interested in ASAP –  Click this link  We only have 5 responses so far and we know that developing your mediation practice is of interest to more than five members.
  • We know that we have some great expertise among our members (and your friends) so on the other Wednesdays we would like to schedule practitioner led discussions about specific topics relevant to mediation or FDR. If you would like to be the “talent” in a webinar get in touch.

Do you want daytime webinars?

We would be more than happy to host webinars during business hours. Much more than happy actually so if there is an interest in that please let us know.

Australian Mediation Awareness Week 2017

Interact Support Incorporated is the host for the Australian Mediation Awareness Week #AuMAW2017 and you are invited to host some sort of an event during the week to help raise the profile of mediation.  The week is between the 14th and 20th October 2017

Volunteers needed – If you know your way around the back of wordpress we need some help in getting event information listed. Please contact Joanne Law on if you have a little bit of time and a little bit of knowledge in WordPress.


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