Master Classes

Report Writing: A Child Centred Approach for Including Children's Voices in Family Law

One day Training: 9-4 p.m.

LEARNING MODE: Face to Face or Distance Participation by Zoom Invitation

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Certificate of Attendance for the Meeting with Children Approach: A Child-Centred Approach
• Family Law Degree
• Mental Health Degree

DESCRIPTION:
This one-day program explores the use of the Child and Youth Concerns Scale (in addition to other MWC materials) in broadening the information brought forward to the Court and to other decision-makers by report writers. Participants will share different styles of reports they are already authoring and together will examine the process and structure of reports that include the voice of the child. A discussion will be led on how to defend the use of projective activities (for those in the clinical role). Participants will focus on the value of specialized training in bringing forth the voice of the child in the legal system and how to in embed your training and practice experience into your verbal and written CVs.

Report Writing Dates & Locations

Canada
February 21, 2020
- Calgary
March 3, 2020 - Edmonton

Fee: $350.00

Meeting with Children: A Child-Centred Approach for Children’s Contact Centre Workers

Three day Training

LEARNING MODE:
• Face to FaceWith Printed Manual
• Access to Online Portal (post course)
• Pre-reading materials to be distributed

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Experience in Children’s Contact Centre Work
• Experience in supervising parent/child access

DESCRIPTION:
This three-day program explores the use of the Meeting with Children Approach within the environment of a Children’s Contact Service (CCS). This masterclass introduces concepts of the use of MWC approaches using two applications:
• Confidential (off record) interventions. This could be applied to the use of the MWC with children as part of an orientation to the CCS, and
• Non-Confidential (on record) interventions. This is where the CCS worker and the child agree on content that can be brought forward to decision makers approach, elicited through an application of the MWC activities.

MWC for for Children's Contact Centre Workers Dates & Locations

Australia
March 16 to 18, 2020 - Wagga Wagga, AU

Fee: Early Bird (on or before Feb 20) $1,100.00 plus GST
Full Fee $1,200.00 plus GST

Mediating Workplace Disputes

Two day Training

LEARNING MODE:
• Face to FaceWith Printed Manual

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Mediation Skills course OR
• National Mediator Accreditation

DESCRIPTION:
This two day program explores the use of dispute resolution processes in workplace disputes. Managing Workplace Disputes identifies the nuanced nature of disputes in the workplace. Initially understanding the social theory and law behind workplace disputes, the course considers how to undertake a dispute resolution between involving a two party dispute, and how to manage a multiparty dispute resolution process.

KEY ELEMENTS:
Key people in workplace disputes The intake and assessment process and sponsor report Three dispute resolution approaches to apply to a dispute Skills in two party workplace mediation Skills in multi party workplace mediation The particularities of workplace violence and abuse Ethical practice in dispute resolution in workplaces Practice issues in working in the not for profit sector

Mediating Workplace Disputes Dates & Locations

Australia
May 4 & 5, 2020 - Ashfield, AU

Fee:
Super Early Bird ( cut off March 5) $650.00 plus GST (AU)
Early Bird (cut off April 5) $700.00 plus GST (AU)
Full Fee $750.00 plus GST (AU)

Advanced Risk Assessment and Safety Planning
A class for Family Law Practitioners

One day Training

LEARNING MODE: Face to Face with printed manual

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Employed in the Family Law Sector

DESCRIPTION:

This one-day program draws from family safety research materials that are most relevant to the family law practitioner. The question is not so much about whether to risk assess but rather how much risk assessment is necessary for the practitioner to uphold their duty of care to their client?
Risk assessment cannot be seen as a stand alone exercise. It must be viewed in the light of an effective whole of family safety plan.

This masterclass will focus beyond the basics of family violence. It assumes a knowledge of coercion and control in intimate partner relationships. Participants can bring case examples of their challenging cases for discussion.

KEY ELEMENTS:

• Principles of risk assessment and safety planning
• Risk assessment approaches and mechanisms to undertake a risk assessment
• What is in a Safety Plan.. how much is enough?
• Whole of family safety. How to use this as a tool for targets, and perpetrators
• Ethical considerations: Acting within competence

Advanced Risk Assessment Dates & Locations

Australia
May 6, 2020 -  Sydney
Ashfield School of Arts
October 29, 2020 - Sydney

Canada
June 3, 2020 -  Calgary, AB
1314 15th Ave SW

COST:
Super Early Bird (cut off -8 weeks) $300.00 plus GST (AU)
Early Bird (cut off -4 weeks) $350.00 plus GST (AU)
Full Fee $400.00 plus GST (AU)

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Mediating Family Law Property Disputes
New Perspective

One day Training

LEARNING MODE: Face to Face with printed manual

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

• Five Day Mediation Skills course OR
• Graduate Diploma in FDR OR
• National Mediator Accreditation

DESCRIPTION:

This one-day program explores the use of dispute resolution processes to negotiate the resolution of family law property disputes.  Making use of traditional techniques to assist parties to resolve disputes is the goal of this program.  An addition of out of the room “homework”, creates a space for an efficient negotiation that minimises the likelihood of triggering, particularly in highly complex separations.

KEY ELEMENTS:

• Principles of a fair settlement of property in the Australian context
• Preparation for the property negotiation; screening and assessment, declaration of assets and liabilities, identifying proposals
• The mechanisms of a property negotiation
• Writing up the agreed outcomes
• Practice issues: Legally assisted processes; collaborative processes
• Ethical considerations: Power and control in financial issues
• Small pool negotiations

Mediating Family Law Property Disputes Dates & Locations

Australia
May 7, 2020
- Ashfield, AU
Ashfield School of Arts

October 29, 2020 - Ashfield, AU
Ashfield School of Arts

Can be provided at an offsite location.

Understanding Family Mediation for Child Consultants and Child Specialists

Two day Training

LEARNING MODE: Face to Face with printed manual

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Certificate of Attendance for the Meeting with Children Approach: A Child-Centred Approach

DESCRIPTION:
This two-day program introduces the participant to the principles and concepts of mediation. Rather than teaching a mediation skill set, this program provides an explanation of the principles of dispute resolution within the post-separation context.

The participant will learn the overall stages of the mediation process including: 1. the meeting explanation, 2. the exploration and negotiation, and 3. capturing agreement.

KEY ELEMENTS:
• What is mediation and what does a mediator do?
• Principles of Child Centred Family Mediation
• A simple mediation model
• Working with dysregulated parents in a negotiation context
• Managing dysregulation
• Working alongside mediators
• Ethical Practice

Understanding Family Mediation Dates & Locations

Canada
May 18 and 19, 2020
- Calgary, AB
1314 15th Ave SW

Research into Practice

Half day

LEARNING MODE:
Face to Face or Distance Participation (by Zoom invitation)
Pre Reading Distributed Prior to Master Class

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Family Law Experience
• Interest in the Family Law

The Research into Practice events have been created to answer a question. How can practitioners integrate recent research into their practice? This is a half day interactive workshop. It is designed for family law professionals who seek adapt their practice to integrate the thoughts of researchers and authors.

The Research into Practice forums occur over a half day. They are available for face to face attendance AND distance participation through the Zoom platform. Each session considers three articles (summaries), which are focused on a single topic. Examples of training topics include: Relocation Cases, Gatekeeping Parents, Alienation and Realistic Estrangement, Child’s Best Interest and Good enough parenting. The RiR groups are intentionally small (maximum 12 people) providing ample opportunity for participation

KEY ELEMENTS:

• Introduction to the topic of interest.
• Review of the articles presented
• Application of principles to case examples

Research into Practice Dates & Locations

May 20, 2020 - Calgary - 9am to 12.00pm
1314 15th Ave SW

May 20, 2020 - Calgary - 1pm to 4pm
1314 15th Ave SW

October 8, 2020 - Ashfield, AU - 9.30am to 1pm
Ashfield School of Arts, 162 Liverpool Road

COST:
Per person
Early Bird (cut off -4 weeks) $150.00 plus GST
Full Fee $160.00 plus GST

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Advanced Meeting with Children Refresher: Introduction to Two New Activities

One Day

LEARNING MODE:
Face to Face or Distance Participation (by Zoom invitation)
Course Materials Provided Electronically

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Certificate of Attendance for the Meeting with Children Approach: A Child-Centred Approach
• Family Law Degree
• Mental Health Degree

DESCRIPTION:
This one-day program is a refresher for those trained in using the MWC Child Centred Approach. Participants are invited to bring case examples of their work to the training day for consultation. The day will include a review of the “meeting steps” with children and youth and introduce two new activities. Participants will have practice opportunities to try out the new and original activities and discuss the ways in which different children and youth express themselves using projective approaches.

KEY ELEMENTS:

• Review the MWC approach
• Learn two new activities to use with children and youth
• Practice Exercises
• Case consultation

Advanced MWC Dates & Locations

Canada

June 2, 2020 - Calgary
1314 15th Ave SW

Australia

September 18, 2020 - Sydney, AU

COST:
Per person

Super Early Bird (cut off -8 weeks) - $300.00
Early Bird (cut off -4 weeks) - $350.00
Full Fee - $400.00

Registration Opening Soon