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Family dispute resolution training for new and aspiring FDR mediators | Wellington | 13 - 14 April

with Lesley Ashworth

13 - 14 April 2021 | Wellington

This two-day training will explore family dispute resolution in an Aotearoa New Zealand context. Targeting new and aspiring family dispute resolution mediators, the course will offer the opportunity to further develop your understanding of...

  • The role of the FDR mediator: differentiation from social work, counselling and other mediation contexts
  • Boundaries of the role and legal requirements
  • Framework of the FDR package available in Aotearoa NZ
  • Best interests of the child as the underlying philosophy of FDR and how to thread this through the mediation
  • Child inclusive practice
  • Getting the most out of intake and preliminary meetings
  • Parenting plans, agreements, what resolution can look like
  • Common issues raised and how to handle them
  • Boundaries / complaints / supervision and self-care
  • Working effectively with lawyers, support people, voice of child practitioner
  • Using child developmental theory
  • A tikanga Māori lens on family mediation – to be provided by a Māori FDR Practitioner
  • Cross-cultural considerations
  • What to do if parties can’t settle

This training is suitable for those new to the role of FDR mediator or considering moving into the role. For aspiring FDR mediators we encourage you to speak with a supplier in your area first to see if there is the potential of work available.

The course is run with an understanding that participants have already undertaken mediation training.

Please note transferral will be unavailable for this event as no future dates set currently. Should you need to cancel your registration please cancel by four weeks prior in order to avoid cost. Please read full terms and conditions here.

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About the trainer

Lesley Ashworth is an experienced FDR practitioner with a background in family law. She has conducted many FDR mediations since the scheme was introduced. She works as a self-employed mediator, facilitator and coach, primarily in FDR and workplace matters. Her background in restorative justice has influenced her restorative approach to much of her work. This has proved particularly helpful when supporting parents with the co-parenting relationship in FDR mediation.

Lesley also worked as a mediator for the Human Rights Commission for a number of years. She provides professional supervision to FDR mediators and lawyers. She also works as an assessor for Resolution Institute.


Frequently asked questions

  • Do the early bird rates apply?

    Early bird rates do not apply for this workshop.

  • Are there discounted rates for group bookings?

    Discounted rates for bulk bookings are not available for this event.

  • What are the terms and conditions if I need to cancel?

    Please note transferral will be unavailable for this event as no future dates set currently. Should you need to cancel your registration please cancel by four weeks prior in order to avoid cost. Please read full terms and conditions here.