Learning & events

A conversation about best practice for mediators and FDRP's - Newcastle live event

with Kathryn Berkett, Amy Clarke, and Megan Lewis

Thursday 10 November 2022 | 9am–4pm AEDT | Noah's On the Beach 29 Zaara St Newcastle NSW
***Important Announcement - New date announced***
This is to keep you posted that this event has been postponed to Thursday 10 November 2022. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Kindly use the same link to register for the event. For attendees who registered for the previous date 22 August 2022, your registrations will automatically be moved to the 10 November event date.

The Newcastle Committee warmly invites you and your DR colleagues to join us at this beautiful location NOAH’s on the Beach for one day of professional development and networking conference.

In this day long conference, presenters will explore tools that support child focused mediation practices and will discuss the value of a comprehensive pre-mediation process. They aim to demonstrate that a structured process can both assess suitability for the mediation process and provide an opportunity to support parents to focus on the needs of the child rather than the conflict. The day will also include a session that gives attendees the opportunity to reflect on and explore the practical steps practitioners can take for their mental well-being with the goal of identifying a personalised and proactive approach to self-care.

Designed specifically for DR practitioners and lawyers engaged in DR, attendees can claim up to 7 hours of CPD towards NMAS and Resolution Institute mediation accreditation schemes towards CLE with the Law Society. The event is a great opportunity for regional dispute resolution practitioners to come together.

Detailed program here:

Time in AEDT​

Agenda item​


Door opens and morning tea ​


Amber Williams to kick off the event​


Welcome to country ceremony​


Presentation by Kathryn Berkett​


Networking Lunch​


Presentation by Amy Clarke​


Afternoon Tea​


Presentation by Megan Lewis​


Thank you and close ​

5pm onwards​

Networking drinks. Join us over a glass of wine and network with your peers before and after the event. Complete This FORM should you wish to join the Newcastle committee and to attend the post event networking drinks. Entry to networking drinks is purely on registration – first come first serve basis.
Use this link to express your interest. ​

About the presenter

Kathryn Berkett

The Trainer: The session will be delivered by Kathryn Berkett of ENGAGE. Kathryn has her Masters in Educational Psychology, and has certified as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics practitioner with Dr Perry. Kathryn has extensive experience in understanding how trauma can impact on development. She has worked and trained, nationally and internationally, on the subject of neuroscience for over twenty years, delivering to a variety of organisations including: the Police; Oranga Tamariki; Teachers; Corrections; Parents; Recreation Groups; Mental Health Professionals; NZ Rugby; and Corporates. Kathryn also has a TEDx talk titled: ‘Neuroscience of Device Zombies’

Amy Clarke
Senior Judicial Registrar, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

Amy was appointed as a Registrar of both the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia in 2015 and was appointed as a Senior Registrar (now Senior Judicial Registrar) in 2021. Prior to this, Amy worked as a Solicitor in private practice since 2002, almost exclusively in the area of Family Law, and was awarded Specialist Accreditation in Family Law by the NSW Law Society in 2007.
Amy has always had a keen interest in mediation and dispute resolution and has undertaken extensive training in these areas. Amy regularly conducts mediations and conciliations as part of her role as a Senior Judicial Registrar and is part of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia working groups focused on continued innovation and improvement in dispute resolution processes.

Megan Lewis
Director & Co-owner, The Resolution Network

Megan has always loved communicating. As a young girl, she'd often get into trouble for talking too much in class. As a marketing consultant, she'd assist organisations with their communication and engagement strategies. And today, she is the co-owner and Director of The Resolution Network, a private practice based on the mid coast of NSW. The Resolution Network helps people to work through tough situations and better manage change in their workplace. Megan has been providing professional conflict resolution services on the mid north coast of NSW since early 2011 and established The Resolution Network (TRN) in February 2013.