Elder mediation with Professor Dale Bagshaw
24 January 2018
Wednesday, 24 January
As the Australian population ages the increased need for facilitated conversations about age-related issues will provide a discreet market for mediators. It will also require those who enter practice in this field to develop special knowledge and understanding, including of ageism and its effects, the ageing process, intergenerational and family dynamics, capacity, elder abuse and elder law. Elder mediators need special skills, including the ability to recognise and screen for elder abuse, involve the voice of the older person in decision-making (directly or indirectly, with or without capacity) and to relate to larger groups, intergenerational conflicts and ethical concerns.
Dale has developed special training for mediators interested in this field. Her talk will provide an overview of:
- Elder mediation
- Best practice for elder mediators
- Information on the availability of training and accreditation
- The role of EMAN (Elder Mediation Australasian Network)
- The role of EMIN (Elder Mediation International Network)
About the speaker
Associate Professor Dr Dale Bagshaw (BA, Dip Soc Stud, M Soc Admin, PhD, Cert.EM.). In 2013, Dale received the Sherren Leadership Award from the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN) for her ‘contributions to the global advancement of mediation with age-related issues’, in 2014 the LEADR Michael Klug Award for her ‘innovation and leadership in the field of dispute resolution’, and in 2015 the Resolution Institute’s Practitioner Award for her ‘contribution to the development of others in DR’. Dale is a practising Certified Elder Mediator with the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN) and a researcher and advisor to the national and state governments on issues concerning the aging population.
Her many research projects and publications focus on issues such as family violence, elder abuse and elder mediation, and the use of mediation as a strategy to prevent the financial abuse of older people by their family members.
Dale convened the 6th World Summit of Mediation with Age-Related Issues in Adelaide in 2013, is the convener and Chair of the Elder Mediation Australasian Network (EMAN), which she developed post-Summit. She is a member of the Board and Certification Committee of the Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN) and has worked with the latter committee to develop international certification standards for elder mediators that are relevant to Australasia. Since April 2015 she has delivered many training programs for elder mediators in Australia and New Zealand, which in part meet the EMIN certification requirements. She is visiting Sydney in connection with her work.