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

Upcoming conference: Communicate 2016

22 08 2016

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Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September

The Ballroom, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

With international and local experts confirmed, do not miss this opportunity to hear from some of the leading communication professionals working in the field. Whether your interest is business, family, workplace or ADR practice, this event will enhance your understanding, skills, and ability to manage conflicts in personal and professional environments. The program offers keynote addresses and panel forums where you will have the opportunity to interact with the experts, and get answers to the questions of importance to you or your organisation.

Who should attend this unique round table event?

All those interested, personally or professionally, in improving the quality of communication and conflict management, including:

  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Commercial & Litigation Lawyers
  • Family Conflict Professionals
  • In-House Counsel
  • Cross Cultural Negotiators
  • CEO’s & Business Leaders
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Educators
  • Health Administrators
  • WHS Professionals
  • Medico Legal Professionals

For more information visit the conference website: or download the conference flyer Communicate 2016 Flyer

Congratulations Yuliya

22 08 2016
Yuliya Brandt

Yuliya Brandt and Judith Herrmann

The Conflict Management and Resolution Team would like to congratulate Yuliya Brandt for her recent completion of the practical training component to become a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Yuliya was presented with her certificate of completion by the Director of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program, Judith Herrmann, in Cairns last week. We wish you all the best for your future FDRP work Yuliya!

Peace Retreat – Call for Applications

28 07 2016

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Illoura and Space Bangkok Reflective Peace Retreat – Part of Humanity’s Thread group

In the world of peacebuilding, social change, and development there is generally a great emphasis on creating change but rarely much emphasis on the importance of taking care of the practitioners doing the day to day work of creating this change.  For many of us, our work takes its toll on our spirit and we become jaded, exhausted, and burnt out.  We believe that transformed people transform the world around them and therefore, we must invest in the wellbeing of practitioners, in the whole person: body, mind and spirit.  We believe in the power of creativity to see beyond and beneath what lies on the surface, to shift us out of familiar ways of seeing and reacting.  We believe in the transformative power of intentional spaces where we can encounter ourselves, our stories, our work, and those around us in new ways.

In 2014, future founding members of the Humanity’s Thread group began a conversation about the value and importance of holistic retreat spaces for people working on the front lines of cultivating peace and social change.  The first retreat brought together ten inspiring people, all of whom are both trying to make the world a more peaceful place and felt the deep need to step back from the pressures of their everyday work and reflect on where they’ve been, where they were, and where they wanted to go.

It was not a training workshop.  They were not invited to sharpen the skills they use on a day-to-day basis as practitioners.  They were not invited to sit and listen to the latest peace building theories.  The ‘classroom’ was the places where conversations unfolded.  It was the woods and mountains walked together or alone.  It was around the table as both food and experiences were shared.  It was the quiet spaces of reflection as they heard the journeys of others and perhaps listened to their own stories in ways they hadn’t anticipated.  It was in the wisdom of pressing pause on the constant chatter in their minds and observing what emerged from the silence.  It was through new ways of exploring the paths they’d been on and the paths that may lie ahead.  We kept things simple, and they left the mountains feeling renewed and inspired.

You are invited to participate in the next Humanity’s Thread creative reflective retreat in November 2016 in Australia, hosted by Humanity’s Thread members Illoura Peace Retreats and Space Bangkok.  Through connecting with like-minded people, music, poetry, storytelling, good food, mindful communication, and more all set against the backdrop of a beautiful natural landscape, we will create a space to renew, recharge, and reflect.

Our retreat will be held from 3-7 November 2016 at the The Eyrie with accommodation at Beacon Point Ocean View Villas, both at Skenes Creek in the beautiful Otway Ranges, Victoria, Australia.  You can apply through the Illoura Peace Retreats or Space Bangkok websites.  Please contact us with any questions or for more information at or  We hope to see you there.