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: http://www.communicateconference.com/ or download the conference flyer Communicate 2016 Flyer

Congratulations Yuliya

22 08 2016
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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 illoura.peace@gmail.com or space@space-bangkok.com.  We hope to see you there.

Information Session, Townsville, JCU City Campus, 15th July, 2016

7 06 2016

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The JCU Conflict Management and Resolution team will hold an information session in Townsville at the JCU City Campus where you can find out more about our program, including our subjects and Professional Development offerings and pathways into the program, as well as view the city campus.

If you know anyone who might be interested in finding out more about our program please feel free to pass on the details of this information session.

The director of the program, Judith Herrmann, and lecturer, Claire Holland, will be in attendance to answer any questions.

Where:            JCU City Campus

                           City Arcade, 373-385 Flinders Street Mall, Townsville

                           Level 3

When:             Wednesday, 15th June 2016

Time:               5pm – 6pm

Hands-on training opportunities for JCU Conflict Management and Resolution students

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The Conflict Management and Resolution program is working with Queensland’s Department of Justice and Attorney-General to increase training, work experience and research opportunities in mediation.

The new partnership provides an exciting opportunity for Conflict Management and Resolution students to gain hands-on experience through a work placements with one of the Queensland Dispute Resolution Branch offices. Selected Masters students can also complete substantive research projects in collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Branch, enabling contemporary and practice oriented research topics.

Thanks to the partnership, Conflict Management and Resolution students have great flexibility in completing mediation training, since both JCU and the Dispute Resolution Branch offer mediation courses in a wide range of locations including Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

The partnership allows for credit towards a JCU Conflict Management and Resolution course for those who complete the Dispute Resolution Branch’s Introduction to Mediation Skills and pass the National Mediation Accreditation Assessment. The Dispute Resolution Branch timetable 2016 can be downloaded here and the Conflict Management and Resolution timetable can be found on our website. 

For more information please contact Judith Herrmann on judith.herrmann1@jcu.edu.au or 07 4232 1446

Professional Development: Facilitative Mediation Practice

13 05 2016

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Five day workshop: 15-19 June, 9am to 5pm, JCU City Campus, Townsville

This 5 day workshop provides participants with a strong grounding in facilitative mediation, and the opportunity to develop practical skills used as a facilitative mediator. The workshop meets the requirements of the National Mediator Accreditation Standards, and after completing this training participants are eligible to sit the competency assessment for National Accreditation as a mediator under the Standards. The workshop gives participants essential negotiation, mediation and communication skills required to become a mediator. Participants will also receive individual coaching on their mediation skills from experienced practitioners.

Your Trainers:

Sonia Muller & Richard Dening

Sonia is Nationally Accredited Mediator under the Australian Standards and has been a mediation practitioner for over ten years in the neighbourhood, spousal, workplace and Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) arenas. Most recently, Sonia has taken on work for the Family Court as a Child Consent Order Conference convenor.

Richard spent two years working for the Dispute Resolution Branch at the Department of Justice and Attorney General proving restorative justice, neighbourhood, spousal and court connected mediation services. Richard is currently employed at the Public Safety Business Agency as a senior consultant in conflict management.

Professional Development (PD) Training

Our training is recognised for Continuing Professional Development points by many organisations and professional associations, particularly where conflict management is seen a relevant professional skill. JCU will provide certificates to participants who complete the training.

The fee for the 5 day workshop is $2000.

Getting credit for a subject of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program

The 5 day workshop is a component of the subject LB5501 in the Master of Conflict Management and Resolution (MCMR) course. PD students are not required to complete any written assessment; however, you may choose to do so in order to receive credit for the subject towards a postgraduate course.

The fee for enrolling in the LB5501 subject as a miscellaneous student is $2,940.

For further information or to enrol in the Mediation Training or subject please email: Judith.Herrmann1@jcu.edu.au or call (07) 4232 1446.

Please view the workshop flyer here: Facilitative Mediation Practice 2016

Job: Manager – Indigenous Mediation Projects

13 05 2016

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Branch: Dispute Resolution Branch

Division: Justice Services

Unit: Indigenous Mediation Projects

Location: Brisbane or Cairns or as negotiated

Closing date: 7th June, 2016

QLD/ Classification: AO7

Salary per annum: $98,184.43 – $105,283.31

Type of vacancy: Permanent

Title: Manager – Indigenous Mediation Projects


Please see attached role description – AO7 Role Description – Manager Indigenous Mediation Projects 2016

This permanent AO7 position is a specified one (i.e. Applicants are required to nominate an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander person who is recognised and accepted within the community as a referee to support their ability to meet the key responsibilities).

This position is involved in developing and supporting community based mediation services in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It currently has two main responsibilities:

  1. The current principal responsibility is to provide intensive on ground support to the local Mediation Coordinator in the management and delivery of the Aurukun Restorative Justice Project (ARJP) including its mediation service.  The Aurukun Community Justice Group is funded to deliver this project and employs the Mediation Coordinator. This will involve living in Aurukun for extended periods of 4 to 12 weeks.   This project is managed by the Courts Innovation Program.
  2. The other key responsibility is the Mornington Island Restorative Justice (MIRJ) Project which involves supporting the Junkuri Laka justice group on Mornington Island in its more established mediation service. This involves ongoing monitoring and three community visits per year. This project is supervised by the Dispute Resolution Branch.

Induction will include spending a month in Aurukun.

The position is on Smart Jobs – http://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/ – and will also be circulated all Indigenous networks. Please contact Phil Venables with queries – phil.venables@justice.qld.gov.au or 0419 740 319.



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