The National Mediation Conference 2016 was held on the Gold Coast last week, 11-15 September. It is a bi-annual event that is the premier conflict management conference in Australia for mediators, dispute resolution and restorative engagement practitioners, facilitators, conciliators, educators, trainers, conflict coaches, arbitrators, adjudicators, academics, researchers, managers, administrators and anyone else who is interested in helping people in disputes.
The theme this year was: “Thought, Innovation and Creativity: The Next Decade”.
Judith Herrmann and Claire Holland, both Lecturers in the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at James Cook University, presented a paper on: Mediating witchcraft and adultery? Adapting mediation training to different cultural contexts.
Sonia Muller, also a Lecturer in the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at James Cook University, as well as a mediator with the Dispute Resolution Branch, Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General, and a private practitioner with Resolved North Queensland, presented two papers on: What conflict management and resolution practitioners can learn from business about trust building and Ethical decision-making to withstand scrutiny.
James Cook University was a proud sponsor of the event. Judith and Claire managed an information booth throughout the conference promoting studies in Conflict Management and Resolution at James Cook University.
The conference bought together many delegates from across Austalasia and around the world. Claire and Judith also participated in the research day held at Bond University for authors, academics, pracademics and researchers who are contributing to the growing body of research and science around the art of practicing conflict management.