TEDx JCUCairns 2016: Judith Herrmann

16 12 2016


On September 30 2016, Judith Herrmann, researcher and conflict resolution practitioner, presented at the TEDx JCUCairns event. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The 2016 TEDx JCUCairns event theme was ‘Resilience’. Judith’s presentation was titled, “When sorry seems to be the hardest word. But I don’t care.”

Judith’s presentation asks: How do you manage when you feel you were wronged by someone else and the person does not seem willing to ever apologise to you? During the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, hundreds of thousands of women were raped and lost their families, and many of them have to date never heard a confession or apology from their perpetrators. Judith spoke to some of these women and learned that forgiveness, even where no apology is given, can empower people and make them more resilient.

To view Judith’s presentation please click on the following YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoV1eZf7Fds

Conflict Resolution Training with Townsville Multicultural Support Group

15 12 2016


Judith Herrmann and Claire Holland, lecturers in the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at James Cook University, ran a conflict management training session for recently settled refugees and migrants in Townsville in the beginning of this month. The training was part of a leadership program, organised by Townsville Multicultural Support Group Inc. (TMSG), to assist culturally and linguistically diverse people in the community. During the training, participants were introduced to thinking about conflict across cultures, how to manage it personally and how to assist others to manage conflict in their lives.


The TMSG is a not for profit organization in the human services sector. The Settlement team supports refugees and migrants in their initial settlement and with access to major community services and access to education, employment, recreational support through information and referral for the first 5 years of being in Australia.To find out more about the work of TMSG visit their website: http://www.tmsg.org.au/


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CMR Showcase Video

9 12 2016


The Conflict Management and Resolution (CMR) team at James Cook University were successful in receiving a “Quick Start Video Grant” in 2016. The grant was awarded to produce a three minute video showcasing teaching practices, and demonstrate how the CMR approach to teaching and learning supports students to become culturally informed and connected to community.

The video features a number of current students, including shots taken during workshops held on the Townsville City Campus in 2016, as well as some short interview snippets from students and lecturers.

Please view and share the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuBL31ZmeOs

Here are some stills from the video:




Conflict Resolvers Network – End of Year Function

6 12 2016


Thank you to everyone who attended the Conflict Resolvers Network end of year function at the JCU City Campus, Townsville last week. We had a great crowd of current students, alumni, conflict resolution practitioners and community members.




We enjoyed two presentations on the night. Claire Holland and Judith Herrmann presented on “Mediating witchcraft and adultery.” Sonia Muller presented on “Ethical decision-making to withstand scrutiny”.





The JCU Conflict Management and Resolution (CMR) Program introduced it’s new collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Branch, Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General. The CMR team look forward to further engagement with the community and connecting with conflict resolution practitioners in North Queensland in 2017.


Mediation role players required – Brisbane

17 11 2016

Dispute Resolution Branch

The Dispute Resolution Branch, Department of Justice and Attorney-General require two role players for Tuesday 22nd November, 2016 from 9am to 12pm, at the Mackay Dispute Resolution Centre, Old Courthouse, 12 Brisbane Street.

As a role player you are volunteering your time and will not be paid.  You will need to bring your own food and drink as this is not supplied for role players.

You will be observing trainee mediators and this opportunity will give you the chance to experience first-hand the skills required as a mediator as well as listening to feedback provided to the trainees by very experienced mediators.

You will be provided with a script before the role play and will be given time to read through the script.  You may be role playing as a male or a female.

As a role player you need to let the mediators demonstrate their skills, therefore:

  • Do interrupt but don’t continually interrupt
  • Don’t talk too much to the other party early on
  • Don’t solve problems too early
  • Begin with a position but DON’T stay there all through exploration
  • Don’t over-act, and it is important to continually STAY in character.
  • If you need to make up information make sure that it is reasonable and in keeping with the problem

If you have any questions regarding the roleplay/script, please ask the trainers well before going into the role play.

If you are available and would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please either phone or email Marg Poulter, Training Support Officer on P: 07 323 96277   E: marg.poulter@justice.qld.gov.au 


Conflict Resolvers Network – End of Year Function

3 11 2016








Please find attached a flyer for the Conflict Resolvers’ Network End of Year Function: crn-end-of-year-2016

We’ll be providing drinks and nibbles and an opportunity to catch-up, meet and network with other students, staff, coaches and members of the Conflict Resolvers Network in Townsville.  During the evening you will also hear the presentations that Claire Holland, Judith Herrmann and Sonia Muller gave at the National Mediation Conference in September this year. We will also introduce the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution Program collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Branch, Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General.

When:   Wednesday 30th November, 2016

                   5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where:  JCU City Campus, Townsville

City Arcade, 373-385 Flinders

Street Mall, Level 3

RSVP:   Please email cmr@jcu.edu.au to

RSVP by Monday, 28th November for catering purposes

Please feel free to share this invitation to anyone you think might be interested in attending.


Legal & Community Sector Forum 2016

7 10 2016

family law pathways

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: flpn@centacarenq.org.au