International Summer Academy in Peace-building & Intercultural Dialogue

11 04 2014

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Call for Participants

17-27 August 2014 Baar, Switzerland

Are you interested in learning skills in Peace-Methods, Mediation, Intercultural Dialogue, Confidence Building and Conflict-Solution that can arise everywhere?

 

We offer you an informative and essential 11-days training with international experts, who are professionals in their fields and where you will get the knowledge to see the world from an other perspective, which will help you to capture certain things in a positive way.

 

For more details please visit our webpage: http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International- Summer-Academy-2014/

or send an email to fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch

 

Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) is an independent, international non-profit and non-religious institute located in Lucerne, Switzerland where it dedicates itself in the promotion of the prevention of conflicts between and within states by strengthening institutional dialogue between civil societies, international peace- and state institutions. To achieve its purpose, IPD can provide its beneficiaries with institutional broad research- survey outputs, publication of educational materials, implementation of academic- scientific programs, carrying out mediation, negotiation, reconciliation initiatives as well as reports.

 





Creative Life Matters Workshop 2014

11 04 2014

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A creative development workshop to shift your thinking

 

Workshop dates: Brisbane, Saturday 14th June and 6 September

Time: 9:15 – 5:30 pm

Cost: $250

Location: St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Bardon, Brisbane

 

Would you like to bring more creativity into your personal and professional world?

  • What is your creative purpose?
  • How  do you connect creativity and work?
  • Would you like to bring more creative focus to your projects?
  • Do you create time for creative development in your life?
  • Would you like your team to work together more creatively?

 

Dr Cathryn Lloyd is an experienced facilitator, creative development coach,and Director of Maverick Minds a consultancy that designs, powerful and flexible learning experiences for a range of people and purposes.  In this workshop Cathryn will take you on a spirited journey of self inquiry using a range of processes, that will help increase your creative potential and give focus your creative life.

For more information and to book contact Cathryn on 0406007753 or cathrynlloyd@maverickminds.biz

 

Visit www.maverickminds.biz for more information

 

 





“Caught in the Middle,” Dinner and Panel

7 04 2014

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“Caught in the Middle: Children Exposed to and Affected by Family Violence”

Date: 13 May 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino
Cost: $50.00 (dinner and drinks)
RSVP: 06 May 2014

 

This is an interactive professional development event for family law and community sector practitioners. Over dinner, a panel including Jon Graham, Registrar Laurie Boyd and Dr. Beth Tinning will discuss the experience of children ‘caught in the middle’ – a life intersected by involvement of family law, statutory interventions and parental conflict.
Presentations will focus on this theme and explore the role of services and professionals in supporting the best interests of children as parents navigate the many processes involved when conflict and separation affect their lives. How can we work more effectively and collaboratively to uphold the wellbeing of all involved, especially children?

For further information please contact: NQ FLPN Project Officer – Miriam Owato
Telephone: 07 4779 4211 or email: flpn@centacarenq.org.au





2014 JCU Graduation Ceremony, Townsville

26 03 2014

Congratulations to CMR students John Penberthy, Christina Santarossa and Rob Saltmiras who graduated in the Townsville Ceremony last week.

 

A further congratulations to John Penberthy who was awarded an Academic Medal for outstanding achievement in coursework studies at a Masters level.

 

The staff at JCU CMR Program wish you all the best with your future endeavours!

John Penberthy and Christina Santarossa at the Townsville JCU Graduation Ceremony

John Penberthy and Christina Santarossa at the Townsville JCU Graduation Ceremony

John Penberthy and Robert Saltmiras at the Townsville JCU Graduation Ceremony

John Penberthy and Robert Saltmiras at the Townsville JCU Graduation Ceremony

John Penberthy, recipient of a University Academic Medal (Masters Coursework) 2014

John Penberthy, recipient of a University Academic Medal (Masters Coursework) 2014





JCU Award for Excellence

24 03 2014

Associate Professor Samantha Hardy, Director of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program, was recently awarded a JCU Award for Excellence in the category of Learning and Teaching for her contribution and commitment to the JCU Strategic Intent through her work in the Conflict Management and Resolution Program.  Sam was nominated by three students/graduates of the program: John Penberthy, Damien Horne and Richard Dening.

 

Sam and Richard Dening at the award ceremony.

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Report on Alternative Dispute Resolution Services in Australia

19 03 2014

 

IBISWorld research has just released a report on Alternative Dispute Resolution Services in Australia (IBISWorld Industry Report OD4116, February 2014).

 

The report is introduced with the phrase “Undisputed growth: Demand for industry services as an alternative to litigation increases”.

 

The executive summary of the report explains:

 

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Services industry in Australia provides individuals and corporations avenues to resolve disputes that do not involve litigation. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), generally consisting of mediation, conciliation and arbitration, has surged in popularity during the past decade, underpinning strong growth in industry revenue and profitability. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 6.4% over the five years through 2013-14 to be worth $682.9 million, with growth of 6.0% forecast for the current year.

 

Growth has been underpinned by the increasing use of ADR to solve commercial, family and workplace disputes. ADR provides a number of benefits relative to litigation. ADR is generally cheaper, faster, more flexible and confidential, and less adversarial than going to court. Since the mid-1990s, governments have supported the use of ADR by introducing a number of mandatory and optional schemes, particularly in the areas of employment, family and commercial arbitration law. Business has also turned to ADR, as the tight economic climate, rising cost of litigation and threat of reputational damage and class actions led companies to seek an alternative to litigation. Both trends are expected to continue over the next five years.

 

The increased scope of industry activity has encouraged many new players to enter the industry and existing players to expand, while employment has also grown strongly. As the industry becomes more established, this growth in enterprises and establishments is expected to slow. However, employment growth is likely to continue at a similar rate as existing players grow their businesses.

 

The reforms of the past few years have positioned the industry well for growth, with governments and business expected to continue turning to ADR as an alternative to litigation. During the five years through 2018-19, industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 4.4% to reach $845.2 million. There is still room for the industry to compete with traditional legal services. The movement into new areas and the expansion of activity as current reforms are adopted will continue to support industry revenue growth.

 

Some of the interesting findings of the report include:

  • There are about 1,456 businesses in the industry in Australia.
  • Market share in the industry is primarily held by big law firms.
  • Key external drivers for the ADR industry in Australia include: Capital expenditure by the private sector, days lost to industrial disputes, the price of legal and accounting fees, and the number of divorces.
  • The ADR industry is in a growth stage of has low barriers to entry, and medium levels of competition.
  • Fees charged by industry participants have risen in line with demand for services, leading to a boost in profitability.
  • Mediation comprises about 38.7% of the market, 36.2% is arbitration, 19.3% conciliation and 5.8% other.

 

 For more information visit: www.ibisworld.com.au





Breakfast with Rhonda

12 03 2014

Rhonda Emonson, a PhD Student in the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at JCU presented at the North Queensland Family Law Pathways Network Breakfast last week (7th March, 2014). Her research is in “How prepared are parents to participate in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR): perspectives of parents, FDRPs and lawyers.”

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Rhonda Emonson is an experienced Family Therapist/Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner/Workplace Mediator and Conflict Coach and works predominately with complex, conflict entrenched parents as they participate in family dispute resolution or with employees involved in workplace conflict. After many years working with those in conflict, Rhonda has developed a curiosity about what is it that those in dispute need to more effectively participate in FDR? Keen to focus on the area of Conflict at a specialised level from a University that provides expertise programs and qualifications in this particular area, Rhonda commenced a PhD at James Cook University.

 

Rhonda lives in Albury NSW (on the NSW/VIC Border) and travels to Townsville once a year and has Supervision with Associate Professor Samantha Hardy and Dr Anna Blackman.





Experiential Peacebuilding: Ecuador

26 02 2014

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Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding

Dates: June 13 – 22, 2014
Location: Andes Mountains, Ecuador
Activities: Backpacking and cultural immersion with Quechua community

TUITION AND LOGISTICS

Tuition for the 10-day Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding is $2200 USD.

Join an extraordinary journey in the Ecuadorian Andes that integrates conflict resolution and leadership training into a unique multicultural outdoor experience. Using proven experiential learning techniques, the Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding is an opportunity to get out of the office/classroom and take your skills to the next level.

Course Overview and Environment

The Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (PEP) is a program that combines a unique outdoor experience with experiential learning techniques in a multi-cultural environment. During this ten day expedition, participants will spend time backpacking in Cotpaxi National Park with 10-12 strangers from around the world. The experience will include a cultural experience with indigenous people from Ecuador, an overnight solo, and a breathtaking rappel. Along the journey, participants will learn and practice leadership skills, challenge their own perspectives, explore relevant peacebuilding topics, and develop meaningful relationships with participants who share similar commitments to peace and human dignity.

This course will take place in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. Participants will start at elevations of 2700m and possibly go up to 4300m depending on the group. Participants should be prepared for a physically and mentally challenging experience with temperatures ranging from 32-68 degrees F/0-20 degrees C. Participants will be camping, backpacking (packs weighing up to 20-25 KG) and sleeping outdoors.

Program Learning Objectives

  • To cultivate compassionate and cross culturally aware peacebuilding leaders.
  • To explore and learn the methodology and philosophy of experiential peacebuilding.
  • To learn and apply conflict resolution and peacebuilding skills in an experiential context.
  • To join active networks of peacebuilders.

To find out more visit: http://www.outwardboundpeace.org/programs/practicum-on-experiential-peacebuilding/





Mindfulness in Daily Life – Weekend Retreat

26 02 2014

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Let go of worries and preoccupations –Connect with your inner calm and clarity

 

Gumburu – Paluma NQ

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 April

 

Drawing on her experience of studying and teaching calm abiding meditation and Mindfulness-Based stress reduction, Dr. Sharn Rocco will guide you to awareness of present moment experience. The program will include periods of formal and informal practice instruction, silence, solitude, interaction, poetry meditation and mindful movement.

 

Less than 90 minutes drive north west of Townsville, Gumburu Environmental Education Centre is perched atop Mt Spec in the World-Heritage Listed Paluma Rainforest. At an altitude of 1000m the drive up the mountain offers panoramic views of the Coral Sea coast and rainforest canopies.

 

Registration – $375

Includes experiential instruction, delicious vegetarian meals and shared accommodation.

 

Early-bird closes 25 March – $355

For more information, registration and payment details email: sharnrocco@gmail.com





“Breakfast with Rhonda”

26 02 2014

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Family Law Pathways Network presents “Breakfast with Rhonda”

 

Rhonda Emonson is an experienced Family Therapist/Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner/Workplace Mediator and Conflict Coach and works predominately with complex, conflict entrenched parents as they participate in family dispute resolution or with employees involved in workplace conflict. After many years working with those in conflict, Rhonda has developed a curiosity about what is it that those in dispute need to more effectively participate in FDR? Keen to focus on the area of Conflict at a specialised level from a University that provides expertise programs and qualifications in this particular area, Rhonda commenced a PhD at James Cook University. The title of her research is “How prepared are parents to participate in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR): perspectives of parents, FDRPs and lawyers.”

 
FDR may assist parent to keep conflicts about parenting out of Court, give parents an opportunity to negotiate freely and to make their own choices about post separation arrangements for their children. However, anecdotally, FDR has not been perfect and limited time, resources and party preparation has led to less than ideal outcomes for many separating parents. Rhonda’s project aims to explore how well prepared parents are to effectively participate in FDR, from the perspectives of the parents themselves, and from the perspectives of the FDRPs and lawyers involved in supporting the parents through the FDR process. Even though too early in the project to make conclusion, Rhonda will discuss her project to date and welcomes your feedback on her research project. Rhonda lives in Albury NSW (on the NSW/VIC Border) and travels to Townsville once a year and has Supervision with Associate Professor Samantha Hardy and Dr Anna Blackman.

 
Date: 07 March 2014
Venue: The Chifley Plaza, Matthew Flinders Room, Townsville
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $15.00
RSVP: 04 March 2014

 
To register your attendance or for further details please contact: NQ FLPN Project Officer – Miriam Owato on 07 4779 4211 or email: flpn@centacarenq.org.au








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