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Webinar | From the trenches - using restorative conferencing practices to repair high conflict family disputes by Jodie Grant

18 July 2017

Time: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
Venue: Zoom Webinar

Members: $25.00 AUD

Guests: $35.00 AUD

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (AEST) | 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM (NZST)

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From the trenches - using restorative conferencing practices to repair high conflict family disputes

Entrenched and unresolved family law disputes can result in years of ongoing, destructive expansive, and protracted disputes, and years of recidivism in formal court processes and in community service agencies - particularly at family dispute resolution services. These unrelenting conflicts can damage families, destructively impacting healthy social, emotional, physical and psychological development, and eroding energies of children and adults. Additionally, these families pay a personal high price for this unrelenting acrimony and the social cost for the community is dear.

Providing family dispute resolution processes to resolve disputes is powerful, effective and impactful. As a professional industry, we need new, thoughtful and creative practices focussed on addressing these unmet, unaddressed and unresolved needs. Yet for some who remain hooked into their narratives and battles, they need a way of disengaging, particularly from their negative relationship, emotions and behaviour.

Restorative engagement practices provide a forum to effect recovery and build insights into behaviour. Guided by trauma-informed practices, these restorative processes enable a gradual redrafting of the narrative into a new story. Paralleling family dispute resolution processes alongside restorative engagement processes allows the illumination of practices, processes and facilitative strategies and tools. This engenders the evolution of an emerging model that borrows from both disciplines that can generate a shift and emergence into a new narrative.

This presentation brings together two streams of practice and will refer to the specific clinical practice that Jodie Grant was engaged in.

Presenter: Jodie Grant

Jodie has accreditations as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (AGD), Mediator (under the NMAS) and is a Restorative Engagement Facilitator with the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce.

Jodie is currently Program Leader – Family Dispute Resolution and Mediation Education, Relationships Australia Victoria (Inc.). Her teaching focuses on the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution which equips participants with the skills required to be a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) and eligible to accredit and register with the Attorney General’s department, and the 5 day Mediation course which equips participants to be nationally accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

Her background is as a Social Worker working primarily with Melbourne’s homeless populations in the inner city for nearly 10 years. She attained her Masters of Conflict Resolution, initially working as a Family Law Mediator/Conciliator at Catholic Care. Jodie has worked simultaneously in both training and clinical roles for Relationships Australia (Vic.) (RAV) for the past 13 years. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Masters of Conflict Resolution (specialising in Family Law Mediation), Vocational Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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If you are unable to attend the event, this session will be recorded and all registered participants will receive access to the recording 5 working days after the event. You will have access to the recording until 31 December 2017.


This event will contribute 1 hour of CPD under the NMAS and Resolution Institute mediation accreditation schemes.

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Resolution Institute, Sydney, (02) 9251 3366

Resolution Institute, Wellington, (04) 470 0110