Webinar recording | From the trenches - using restorative conferencing practices to repair high conflict family disputes by Jodie Grant
31 December 2019
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 refers to the specific clinical practice that Jodie Grant was engaged in.
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Presenter: Jodie Grant
Jodie is a highly skilled, seasoned and knowledgeable, registered and accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally accredited Mediator with over 16 years of experience. Jodie also works as a coach, a Family Dispute Resolution clinical supervisor, and as a Restorative Engagement Facilitator for the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Defence Force. Since commencing work in the Family Law field, she has simultaneously held clinical practice and training roles leading and supporting professional best practice.
Jodie brings unique insight, with extensive skills and knowledge having:
- Primary qualifications and experience in Social Work, working for over 8 years in homelessness in support, crisis intervention, outreach, advocacy, and counselling.
- Masters of Conflict Resolution (specialising in Family Law Mediation)
- Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution and
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Jodie has developed and run nationally recognised training courses (accredited and non-accredited), specifically in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) and Mediation, as well as a range of other Professional Development training options and short courses within the community services, welfare, education and legal services fields. Most recently at Relationships Australia Victoria (Inc) (RAV), she held roles as Program Leader – FDR and Mediation Education, Training and Development, RAV.
Since 2014, Jodie has valued the opportunity of working in Restorative Justice with those experiencing abuse/victims of abuse, as a specialist Restorative Engagement Facilitator for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (currently the Commonwealth Ombudsman – DEFENCE). She is passionate about continuing this work and introducing these restorative engagement concepts into other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) areas.
HER IMPETUS - Currently Jodie is the Director of Shifting Sands. Shifting Sands’ purpose is supporting people, their organisations and communities to navigate their changing relationships in their worlds. Going forward, Jodie plans to continue her passions of developing and leading best practice in mediation services and training, using her creativity to tailor options and services specifically in managing conflict, managing power, ensuring safe and effective outcomes, enhancing relationships, working in a trauma informed way, borrowing from strategies and interventions from restorative justice principles, and practising with a critical, reflective and ethical lens and framework.