Legal & Community Sector Forum 2016

7 10 2016

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Invitation to the Legal and Community Sector Forum 2016

This exciting annual networking event is hosted by the North Queensland Family Law Pathways Network.

It aims to bring together professionals working within the family law system.

Judge Coker will be our guest speaker for the night and there will be opportunities to network with people from both the legal and community sectors.

This is a free event and the attached flyer provides further details legal-and-community-sector-forum-2016-flyer 

Date:         Friday, 04 November 2016 

Time:         5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Venue:      Family Law Courts Foyer 

RSVP:        Friday, 28 October 2016     

To register your attendance or for further details please contact:

NQ FLPN Project Officer – Miriam Owato 

Telephone: 07 4779 4211 or email:

Webinar invitation: Elder abuse – Recent research and effective responses

4 10 2016

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Elder abuse: Recent research and effective responses

Rachel Carson, Briony Dow, Anita Frayman and Gary Ferguson

Monday 24 October 2016, 1.30pm – 2.45pm AEDT. Find your time zone.

This webinar will present observations from a recent scoping study and discuss effective practice responses in relation to elder abuse.

Elder abuse—which involves the physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse of an older person by someone in a trusted relationship—presents complex challenges to the Australian community.

While more research is needed to better understand its prevalence and dynamics in Australia, available evidence indicates that elder abuse occurs mostly within families and between generations. A recent scoping study also indicates that the incidence of elder abuse is likely to rise in Australia due to increased life expectancy and an ageing population.

In this webinar, we present observations from recent studies on elder abuse. We discuss key elements of effective responses for practitioners working with older people who have been abused or mistreated, and highlight the importance of considering ageist attitudes and family dynamics that may be involved, and the right of the older person to seek redress. We will also outline important gaps in these responses where further research can be directed.

This event will be presented in partnership with the Greater Melbourne Family Law Pathways Network.

To register to attend the webinar and to find out more about the presenters please visit here

Workshop: The Brain Revisited – with Nathan Wallis

30 09 2016

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Date: 17 & 18 October 2016
Time: Day 1: Registrations commence at 8:15 a.m. for 9:00 a.m. start and event finishes at 4:00 p.m.
Day 2: 9:00 a.m. start and event finishes at 4:00 p.m.
Venue: JCU Halls of Residence – The Endeavour Room (Bldg 112)
RSVP: Friday, 07 October 2016
Cost: $80 for either day and $140.00 for both days (includes full catering)


Much of what we think we knew about the development of the human brain has been eclipsed by recent scientific and neurological discoveries. These new understandings mean that we need to rethink many of the ways we have traditionally responded to the main developmental stages and developmental disorders that occur between birth and early adulthood. Over two days Nathan will discuss the implications of this research for best practice across a range of practice domains.
This two day intensive is being offered in response to the large number of member requests we have received to hear more from Nathan following the success of his recent one day seminar. Nathan will further develop the material covered in the one day presentation and introduce new content with a greater opportunity for delegate participation and questions. Attendance at the earlier one day workshop is not a prerequisite.

Topics addressed during the two-day workshop include:
Day 1

  • Introduction to neuroscience terms
    Summary of the 1990s
    The formative nature of the early years
    Gender differences in the brain
    The impacts of domestic violence
    Movement and Learning
    The neuro-sequential model of the brain
    Longitudinal studies predicting adult outcomes

Day 2

  • The biology of learning
    Neural pruning
    Hormones in the brain: Cortisol and Endorphins
    Atypical brain development: EG. Autism, OCD, ADHD
    The teenage brain
    The Effect of alcohol and marijuana on the adolescent brain

Please view the event flyer here nathan-wallis-flyer and registration form here nathan-wallis-registration-form

This event has been subsidized by NQ Family Law Pathways Network.
For further information please contact:
NQ FLPN Project Officer – Miriam Owato
Telephone: 07 4779 4211 or email:

Seeking mediation role play volunteers, Brisbane

21 09 2016

Resolution Institute

Check out the details HERE.

Date and times
Thursday 29 September 2016
11.45am – 1.45pm
2:15pm –  4:15pm

Karstens Brisbane 
Level 24, 215 Adelaide Street

Volunteering for Resolution Institute role plays is the perfect opportunity to:

–  Contribute 2 hours towards your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements under the NMAS
–  Prepare for your own video assessment by being reminded of the mediation model

For more information and to register, please email your time preference to:

Due to the limited number of positions available, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

National Mediation Conference, Gold Coast 2016

19 09 2016

Nat Med Conf 2016

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.

Claire Holland and Judith Herrmann presenting at the NMC, 2016.

Claire Holland and Judith Herrmann presenting at the NMC, 2016.

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.

Sonia Muller presenting at the NMC, 2016.

Sonia Muller presenting at the NMC, 2016.

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.

Claire Holland and Judith Herrmann at the Conflict Management and Resolution Program stall.

Claire Holland and Judith Herrmann at the Conflict Management and Resolution Program stall.

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.

TEDx JCUCairns – Presenter, Judith Herrmann

14 09 2016


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 

TEDx JCU Cairns will be held on Friday 30th September, Tickets are on sale NOW! The event will be a full day with 14 speakers and lots of yummy regional food, great MC’s and displays. Visit our website for more information  or click on the link for Tickets

Judith Herrmann, the Director of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program, will present on: When “Sorry” seems to be the hardest word – but I don’t care!


Judith Herrmann, TEDx JCUCairns Presenter

“As a conflict resolution practitioner, I work with people who feel wronged by someone else and require an apology. Only then, so they feel, is it possible to let go of the conflict and move on. Feeling the need for an apology makes us vulnerable and dependent on the other person who might not be willing to apologise. I will refer to stories that I was recently able to collect from women who had survived sexual violence during the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Many of the women have to date never heard a confession or apology from their perpetrators. Drawing from some of these stories, I will discuss how forgiveness, even where no apology is given, can empower people and make them more resilient.”

We will provide a link to Judith’s presentation after the event!

TEDx Townsville Live Streaming Event at Mabo Library – Saturday 17th September

7 09 2016


The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library is once again live streaming TEDxTownsville from the JCU Douglas campus.

Students, staff and members of the Townsville community are welcome to register and attend this free event (lunch and afternoon tea included).

The TEDxTownsville 2016 theme is ‘Breaking Barriers’ and is about overcoming all obstacles and shining a light on what is holding our community back.

Look forward to ideas about rising from the ashes, tackling difficulties, turning problems into catalysts and breaking the barriers to creating, innovating and changing for the better.

The event showcases 10 thought-provoking speakers, TED Talks, and a number of performances.

For more information, go to 2016-speakers/ to find out about the ideas that will be unveiled.

Please encourage your students to register to attend the free live streaming event in the Mabo Library on Saturday 17thSeptember. It will be just as much fun as the live event.

We hope to see you there.

From JCU Mabo Library Staff