CMR Program Update: Research in Rwanda

2 02 2016

Judith Herrmann, the Director of the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution program, spent December and January in Rwanda for research with survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Judith conducted individual interviews with over 20 women who experienced sexual violence during the genocide and who raised their case in one of Rwanda’s local community courts, called Gacaca, established by the Rwandan government to deal with genocide related crimes. Judith’s interviews centered around uncovering the women’s motivations to participate in gacaca and their experiences with the justice process. During her interviews, Judith was supported by her Rwandan interpreter Anathalie who translated between Judith and her interviewees who only spoke Rwanda’s traditional language Kinyarwanda.



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Judith preparing for an interview

Judith and her interpreter Anathalie

Judith and her interpreter Anathalie

Seminar: Managing Student Behaviour due to Trauma and Disorganised Attachment

22 01 2016

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Managing Student Behaviour due to Trauma and Disorganised Attachment
with Dr Judith Howard

When: Wednesday 10th August

Where: Holiday Inn, CAIRNS

Time: 9.00am – 3.00pm 

CPD: 4.5hrs

We’ve all experienced the annoyance of having to deal with poor behaviour in our schools and classrooms.  Does your school have students that…

  • Can be verbally and physically aggressive for little reason.
  • May fly into behavioural outbursts with little warning and as a result of no clear triggers.
  • You may suspect or know they have or had a problematic home environment.
  • You just can’t seem to get through to them – or when you do – they tend to sabotage the relationship.
  • Your “tried and true” behaviour support techniques just don’t seem to work and they can end up being withdrawn from class activities, removed from class, suspended or even excluded.
  • Your “gut instinct” seems to tell you that there is something that is just not quite right with these kids!

This is a “must do training” for all school personnel who work with students with extreme and challenging behaviour, who have suffered trauma and maltreatment. Professionals who receive referrals from schools to assist with difficult students, will also find this training valuable in understanding the challenges teachers/schools face and the effective strategies that can be used to co-manage behaviour and support out of school therapeutic interventions.

For more information visit the Compass Australia website or view the program flyer: HowardCAIRNS2016

National Mediation Conference, 2016

17 12 2015

Nat Med Conf 2016

Call for Abstracts Now Open!

The Conference Organising Committee of the National Mediation Conference, invites you to participate in the Conference by submitting an abstract for presentation.


The committee are seeking submissions that will surround the theme “Thought, Innovation and Creativity: the next decade” which will encourage creative thinking and discussion behind new ideas and processes to enable best practice in conflict management.

Abstracts are to be submitted via the online portal which will close on Tuesday, 15 March 2016.





Job: Training Officer, Justice and Attorney-General, Brisbane

17 12 2015

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The Dispute Resolution Branch (DRB) operates under the Dispute Resolution Centres Act 1990 to provide the Queensland community with highly effective, low cost and timely dispute resolution services. Its six Dispute Resolution Centres provide civil mediation services, child protection conferencing, restorative justice mediation for criminal matters as well as training in mediation and conflict management. DRB is also a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body under the National Mediator Accreditation System. This role promotes, develops and conducts internal and external training activities for the Dispute Resolution Branch. The training courses are in mediation skills and conflict management.

Job details

Job type Permanent Full-time
Occupational group Justice & Legal
Classification AO5
Workplace Location Brisbane Inner City
Job ad reference QLD/201210/15
Closing date 08-Jan-2016
Yearly salary $76478 – $83125
Fortnightly salary $2931.40 – $3186.20
Job duration
Contact person Janet Barnes
Contact details Ph (07) 3109 9037

Key Responsibilities include:

• Providing positive learning experiences and experiential training for external clients, staff and mediators primarily based around conflict management and dispute resolution.

• Developing, presenting and evaluating training courses to government and non-government organisations, with the ability to market and tailor training programs for clients’ specific needs.

• Evaluating training participants’ skills level and write accurate reports regarding these levels

• Working collaboratively with team members, external trainers and clients to meet training goals.

• Preparing training resources, responding to training inquiries and undertaking administrative tasks as required

Mandatory Qualifications, Conditions and Requirements

• A Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or higher qualification in training such as a Bachelor degree or post graduate qualification in training or education

• Nationally accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

• Two (2) years’ experience as a trainer or coach delivering skills based training preferably in mediation, conflict management or communication

• The successful Applicant will have an opportunity to join the panel of mediators for the Dispute Resolution Branch.

Applications will remain current for 12 months

For more information visit Smart Jobs Queensland website

Professional Certificate in Arbitration

25 11 2015

Resolution Institute

Offered nationally in 2016 

Designed to provide high quality education in the field of arbitration, the Professional Certificate in Arbitration >> combines the expertise of University of Adelaide Law School and the professional practice experience of Resolution Institute.

This comprehensive program equips students with an appreciation for and understanding of the role and process of arbitration, and the legislative framework of commercial arbitration in Australia. The Certificate comprises two consecutive courses:

  • Introduction to Arbitration (29 Feb – 25 June 2016)
  • Advanced Arbitration (25 July – 19 Nov 2016)

These courses are delivered flexibly online and through short intensive face to face workshops in Adelaide and Sydney.

The Certificate is offered nationally and is recognised internationally by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) as a CIArb Pathway.  

Click here to find out more or Contact Resolution Institute on 02 9251 3366 or

International day for the elimination of violence against women

20 11 2015


On the eve of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and White Ribbon Day, JCU invite you to attend the Inaugural Lecture:

 Domestic and Family Violence – its everyone’s business

Presented by:

North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service Senior Social Worker



North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service Men’s Project Facilitator and White Ribbon Ambassador

When:  Tuesday 24 November 2015 from 4:00pm

Where: Australian Tropical Science & Innovation Precinct, (Blg 145, Rm 030) James Cook University

Men can take the pledge to end violence against women

Winter Academy, CAS program and scholarship opportunity with the Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD)

20 11 2015

Resolution Institute

Winter Academy: 15 – 25 February 2016
After implementing several successful Summer Academies, IPD has launched its first international Winter Academy, covering peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution and intercultural dialogue. This Academy will be held in Baar, Switzerland​.

3 month CAS program: 15 Feb – 14 May 2016
Designed to develop participant’s knowledge and improve their research skills, this program involves attendance at the Winter Academy, preparation of a research paper and visits to several Swiss Institutes. A number of scholarships are available. Applications close: 20 November 2015

For more information visit:


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