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: 


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 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:

Webinar invitation: Elder abuse – Recent research and effective responses

4 10 2016

family law pathways


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

family law pathways

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.