2016 JCU Graduation

31 03 2016

Grad brochure

Congratulations to the CMR students Jen Polo, Melissa O’Connor, Margaret Trevethan and Jaspreet Gill who attended the Townsville Graduation Ceremony on the 17th March, 2016.

Further congratulations to Melissa who was awarded an Academic Medal for outstanding achievement in coursework at a Masters Level.

The CMR team wishes you all the best for your future endeavors.

Mel and Jen

CMR Graduates walking across the stage

Jen Polo

Jen Polo at the Graduation reception

Mel and family after Uni Graduation

Melissa and her family after the Graduation Ceremony

Marg Grad

Marg at the Graduation reception

Claire and Jaspreet

Jaspreet and Claire Holland, Lecturer in the CMR program who was present at the graduation.

All About Women – Satellite Event

4 03 2016


Sydney Opera House’s All About Women once again streams across Australia and New Zealand to reach you wherever you are!

The Townsville event will be hosted by JCU’s Professor Nola Alloway from the College of Arts, Societies and Education.

Beginning with the panel What needs to change? a remarkable group of prominent women discuss what they would do if they had the power to make things change overnight. Following the panel is Orange is the New Black, a talk with the real life Piper Kerman on what she’s learnt about women during her incarceration and the lessons she carries with her now as an advocate for the rights of prisoners.

At the conclusion of the live streaming, Judith Herrmann, Director of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at JCU will present Redefining Justice, through a Woman’s eyes.  Judith has recently returned from Rwanda where she conducted research with female survivors of sexual violence.

All About Women is presented as part of Sydney Opera House’s annual talks program Ideas at the House.

When: Sunday, 6 March, doors open 11:30am and the event will commence at 12 noon sharp

Where:  Medical Lecture Theatre (Bldg 45), JCU Townsville
Cost:  $20 for adults; young adults 13-19 are free.  

A light lunch will be served at approximately 1:10pm and is included in the price

Professional Development: Facilitation

23 02 2016

CMR Banner 2016


Professional Development (PD) Training

Three day workshop: 11-13 March, 9am – 5pm, JCU City Campus, Townsville

This workshop will equip participants with intermediary and advanced facilitation skills. Participants will explore group dynamics and learn how to work with “difficult groups”. The workshop considers a contemporary review and introduction to the world’s most well-known practices and philosophies of group facilitation. Through practical activities and reflective practice, participants are provided with rich material to become a more effective and resilient group leader.

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 3 day workshop is $1500.

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

The 3 day workshop is a component of the subject LB5516 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 LB5516 subject as a miscellaneous student is $2,940.

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

Please view the workshop flyer here: Facilitation 2016

Facilitation Flyer 2016

CMR Program Update: Asia Pacific Mediation Conference

21 02 2016

Claire Holland, a Lecturer in the Conflict Management and Resolution program, recently presented at the 7th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) conference in Lombok, Indonesia. The conference theme was ‘Synergizing Eastern and Western Constructs of Mediation Towards Better Understanding’. Claire presented on the JCU Interfaith Project that began running interfaith dialogues on the JCU Townsville Campus in 2015. The JCU Interfaith Project aims to increase religious literacy on campus through dialogue for a deeper understanding and appreciation of student diversity and recognition of pluralism in the wider community. The APMF conference had 150 attendees from 14 different countries. The presentations were diverse and ranged from traditional village mediation practice in Indonesia to family mediations in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.


Claire Presenting at the 7th Asia Pacific Mediation Conference

Claire Presenting at the 7th Asia Pacific Mediation Conference

Claire Holland from James Cook University, Laura Coulter from United Mission to Nepal and Fred Wright, Workplace Ombudsman for the Victorian State Government.

Claire Holland from James Cook University, Laura Coulter from United Mission to Nepal and Fred Wright, Workplace Ombudsman for the Victorian State Government.

Youth Justice Research Agenda

21 02 2016

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For anyone who has an interest in research in the area of Youth Justice, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General has developed a research agenda to support the creation of applied research and support collaborative efforts between Government and Universities. Please view the Youth Justice Research Agenda

Through undertaking research in the priority research areas identified in the Agenda there is an opportunity to make a positive difference to children and young people’s lives by directly enhancing the delivery of youth justice services in Queensland.

If anyone is interested in researching in the area of Youth Justice as part of a Master of Conflict Management and Resolution at James Cook University please contact the program Director, Judith Herrmann on (07) 4232 1446 or at: Judith.herrmann1@jcu.edu.au.

Should further information about the Agenda or the Youth Justice Research application process be required, please contact Ms Leigh Krenske, Manager, Research and Evaluation, Policy, Research and Partnerships, Youth Justice on (07) 3872 0733, or at: Leigh.Krenske@justice.qld.gov.au, who will be pleased to assist.

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


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