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Webinar | MBT-M Mediation: Working with high conflict parties in mediation, negotiation and facilitative arbitration with Dr Jill Howieson

Date TBA | Zoom Webinar
Thursday, 03 May 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (AEST) | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (NZST)

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MBT- M Mediation: Working with high conflict parties in mediation, negotiation and facilitative arbitration

Mentalizing is the process by which we make sense of each other and ourselves, implicitly and explicitly, in terms of subjective states and mental processes. MBT (Mentalization Based Treatment) is an internationally recognised, evidence-based approach to working with people experiencing substantial conflict, distress, and relationship breakdown. It was originally developed to treat individuals experiencing personality disorder and has demonstrated subsequent efficacy in the treatment of a range of psychological and relational disturbances.
In an innovative move, MBT has now been adapted for use in mediation.

This webinar presentation will discuss:

  • The MBT models as developed by eminent UK professors Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman
  • Increasing the capacity of mediators to understand and effectively intervene when parties are in conflict using the MBT- M framework
  • How to work with the parties to formulate conflict from a mentalizing perspective
  • Using this knowledge to engage the mentalizing capacities necessary for parties to communicate wisely

Early research shows that if mediators use mentalizing interventions when mentalizing capacities are impaired, then this creates a highly constructive environment for meaningful and productive conflict resolution.

This webinar is relevant to mediators, family dispute resolution practitioners, those involved in negotiation and facilitative arbitration and will also be of interest to restorative justice / practice facilitators.

Register yourself and gain valuable CPD points.

Can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording within 5 working days after the event.

About the speaker

Dr Jill Howieson is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia’s Law School and is the Director of the UWA Mediation Clinic, Director of the national Mediator Standards Board (MSB) and Director of UWA’s Registered Mediator’s Accreditation Body (RMAB). Jill teaches the Negotiation and Mediation, Dispute Resolution and Mediation: Practice and Skills courses at the Law School.

Jill researches, practises and educates in mediation, negotiation and facilitative arbitration. Her research is in the neurobiology and underpinning theory of interpersonal process to mediation and negotiation. Jill conducts empirical research and is the author and co-author of textbooks and articles in these areas.

Jill holds degrees in Literature, language and culture (BA), Psychology (BA) and Law (LLB and PhD). Jill is a nationally accredited mediator and mediates mostly in the area of commercial, family and workplace disputes. Before commencing in academia, Jill practiced as a solicitor in the area of dispute resolution at the international law firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques, now King Wood Mallesons.

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Detailed login information will be emailed to registrants as soon as the registration process is completed.


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 2018.


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

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Resolution Institute, Sydney, (02) 9251 3366

Resolution Institute, Wellington, (04) 470 0110

Email: webinars@resolution.institute