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Webinar recording | Mediating with diversity of sex, gender and sexuality – taking “inclusion” from theory to practice

with Dr Olivia Rundle

Pre-recorded | Online

View Dr Olivia Rundle's presentation on addressing underlying prejudices of service provision and the law and how to use sensitive and inclusive language when working with trans, gender diverse and/or non-heterosexual clients.

DR professionals work with clients who are of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality. You may never know that a client is trans, gender diverse, intersex and/or a sexuality other than heterosexual and it may never be necessary for you to know this information about the client. On the other hand, it will always be necessary for dispute resolution practitioners to practice in an inclusive way with all clients to welcome, support, avoid alienating, and otherwise provide an effective service to people of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality.

In order to work effectively with clients whose sexuality is other than heterosexual and/or who are gender diverse, it is essential that practitioners have an understanding about the social and legal issues that such clients face. It is also essential for practitioners to reflect upon their own backgrounds and prejudices, and take care not to bring bias into the mediation room. Mediators should be well informed about the available evidence about the wellbeing of diverse families, the way legal frameworks do and don’t apply to clients of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality, and particular opportunities for power-play within relationships that include a trans, gender diverse, intersex and/or non-heterosexual person. Inclusive practice requires an open mind and an open heart – working with clients’ own priorities, experiences, fears and lived realities.

View Dr Olivia Rundle's presentation on addressing underlying prejudices of service provision and the law and how to use sensitive and inclusive language when working with trans, gender diverse and/or non-heterosexual clients.

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About the presenter

Olivia Rundle

Dr Olivia Rundle is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania. Her work includes research, teaching and community engagement in family law, dispute resolution, and civil procedure. Dr Rundle practised law until 2000, and has since worked as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a nationally accredited Mediator.

She was awarded the Tasmanian 2013 LEADR Practitioner Award for Significant Contribution to ADR, for her contribution to the professional development of others, particularly acknowledging the contribution made by the book Mediation for Lawyers, co-authored with fellow mediator, Samantha Hardy and published by CCH.

Dr Rundle co-authored with Samantha Hardy and Damien W Riggs the 2016 book Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law, published by Thomson Reuters and co-authored with Samantha Hardy and Damien W Riggs. Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law helps to prepare professionals for working with diversity of individuals, couples and families, by drawing together sociological, psychological and legal literature, legislation and case law to explore the lived experiences of people of diverse sex, gender and/or sexuality.