Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners
Remember that one of the conditions of your accreditation is that you keep the Attorney Generals Department up to date with:
- your contact details, including place of employment,
- email and
- telephone details.
Place of Employment
One of our members recently received an email from the AG’s department who had been notified by their new employer that they were now working with them. The AG’s emailed to remind the FDRP that they have to let the AG’s Department know if their employment changes.
If you start working or contracting with a FDR service make sure that you send an email to the Practitioners Registration Department of the Australian Attorney Generals Department.
The other obligations include;
A suitable complaint’s mechanism
If you have recently joined Mediation Institute we will have prompted you to let the AG’s department know that Mediation Institute is your approved external complaints mechanism that can be used by your clients.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
If you have changed your insurer you must let the Attorney Generals know who you are insured with.
Professional Development Requirements
Remember that as well as your 25 hours of professional development with your NMAS Accreditation (if you are a NMAS Mediator) you also have to undertake at least 24 hours of professional development activities for every two years of accreditation.
You should have a good overlap between your NMAS and FDR requirements and if you engage with our professional development activities you will easily exceed these requirements.
- Check out our events calendar for regular and special event webinars.
- Offer to host a webinar on a suitable topic (3 hours of CPD for a 1 hour webinar to allow for preparation)
- Participate as a role player, co-mediator or mentor in a student role play (contact us for access to the role play scheduler)
Ceasing practice and other changes
Keep this department up to date if you cease to practice as an FDR practitioner and anything else relevant to your accreditation.
Read this – https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Families/FamilyDisputeResolution/Pages/Foraccreditedfamilydisputeresolutionpractitioners.aspx
From the trenches – using restorative conferencing practices to repair high conflict family disputes
Entrenched and unresolved family law disputes can result in years of ongoing, destructive expansive, and protracted disputes, and years of recidivism in formal court processes and in community service agencies – particularly at family dispute resolution services. These unrelenting conflicts can damage families, destructively impacting healthy social, emotional, physical and psychological development, and eroding energies of children and adults. Additionally, these families pay a personal high price for this unrelenting acrimony and the social cost for the community is dear.
Providing family dispute resolution processes to resolve disputes is powerful, effective and impactful. As a professional industry, we need new, thoughtful and creative practices focussed on addressing these unmet, unaddressed and unresolved needs. Yet for some who remain hooked into their narratives and battles, they need a way of disengaging, particularly from their negative relationship, emotions and behaviour.
Restorative engagement practices provide a forum to effect recovery and build insights into behaviour. Guided by trauma-informed practices, these restorative processes enable a gradual redrafting of the narrative into a new story. Paralleling family dispute resolution processes alongside restorative engagement processes allows the illumination of practices, processes and facilitative strategies and tools. This engenders the evolution of an emerging model that borrows from both disciplines that can generate a shift and emergence into a new narrative.
This presentation brings together two streams of practice and will refer to the specific clinical practice that Jodie Grant was engaged in.
Presenter: Jodie Grant
Jodie has accreditations as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (AGD), Mediator (under the NMAS) and is a Restorative Engagement Facilitator with the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce.
Jodie is currently Program Leader – Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation Education, Relationships Australia Victoria (Inc.). Her teaching focuses on the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution which equips participants with the skills required to be a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) and eligible to accredit and register with the Attorney General’s department, and the 5 day Mediation course which equips participants to be nationally accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).
Her background is as a Social Worker working primarily with Melbourne’s homeless populations in the inner city for nearly 10 years. She attained her Masters of Conflict Resolution, initially working as a Family Law Mediator/Conciliator at Catholic Care. Jodie has worked simultaneously in both training and clinical roles for Relationships Australia (Vic.) (RAV) for the past 13 years. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Masters of Conflict Resolution (specialising in Family Law Mediation), Vocational Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Registration and login details
Detailed login information will be emailed to registrants as soon as the registration process is completed.
If you are unable to attend the event, this session will be recorded and all registered participants will receive access to the recording 5 working days after the event. You will have access to the recording until 31 December 2017.
This event will contribute 1 hour of CPD under the NMAS and Resolution Institute mediation accreditation schemes.
Technology required: Zoom application, PC/laptop/tablet/smartphone, sound/speakers or a headset.