CHC81115 - Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

The CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution course is offered in partnership with the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Skills Recognition International RTO Code 32373

 

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Online Learning

The flexibility of online learning without loosing the human touch. Interactive video webinars, discussion groups, video mediation role plays and more provide a variety of learning opportunities without leaving your home or office.

Participation in our workshop intensives is encouraged but not absolutely mandatory.

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Work Placement

This course includes mandatory work placement. Work Placement ensures that you can demonstrate competence in the workplace as well as in simulated situations. Mediation Institute has strategies in place to assist with work placement.

This course has a mandatory 50 hour work placement requirement.

Application Process

Our two step application and enrolment process is designed to make sure that this is the right course for you.

Step one is a video applicant interview to make sure that you understand the course requirements and can make use of video meeting technology.

We set you up to succeed if this is the right course for you.

CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Training Options

 

To accredit to become a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner you may be able to complete the core units only rather than the full qualification.

There are 6 core units and if you choose this pathway you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment rather than the Graduate Diploma Qualification.

 

There may be restrictions on your accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner if you select the core units only pathway if you do not have one of the specified qualifications. This restriction requires that you have and maintain NMAS Mediator Accreditation.

This condition does not apply if you have the full Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Qualification.

Work Placement (Non-Mi Students)

Includes assessing competence before placement
$3,000/CHC81115
  • Placement opportunity to meet the requirements of the CHC8115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
  • Supervision by an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner
  • Includes insurance coverage during placement
  • Placement Locations available: Melbourne or Brisbane
  • Do your need to travel? – B&B available for $100 per night in Melbourne or Brisbane
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Mediation Institute now has Education Finance available for our courses.

Education Finance is a personal loan for the purpose of education and is available to applicants with employment or self-employment income in excess of $40,000 a year.

If you are interested in becoming a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner but can’t find $1,500 a month for our interest free payment plan options an education loan may be your answer. Payments will vary depending on your credit risk rating and the amount you borrow so if you decide you want to apply for our courses we request a REFUNDABLE $500 deposit to secure your place while you apply for finance. If your finance application is not successful the deposit will be refunded.

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Why do I have to pay for work placement?

You don’t if you can provide your own placement. Your work placement must be under the supervision of an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in a family dispute resolution service.

You may be able to do your work placement with your current employer if working with a dispute resolution service or a local service in your area. Mediation Institute are delighted to work with any FDR Service who have agreed to support your work placement.

Mediation Institute has established a non government funded not-for-profit providing services including Family Dispute Resolution and can provide work placement opportunities however there are overhead costs which are recouped through the work placement fee.

Currently we can provide work placement support in Melbourne with the possibility in Brisbane and other states.

We will discuss work placement with you during the Video Application Meeting BEFORE enrolment.

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What is the work placement requirement in the CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Course?

A mandatory 50 hour work placement is required for both the core units and the full CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution qualification.

During the work placement you will be required to undertake specific work with clients under the supervision of an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

All documentation required to collect evidence during the work placement is provided by Mediation Institute and a co-assessment meeting will be conducted with the supervisor if they are not a qualified assessor.

Can I complete the work placement requirements in 50 hours?

That will depend on where you do the placement and your availability.

If you are able to work full time with a busy service you may be able to complete the placement in seven days.

If you are traveling to Melbourne to complete your work placement with Mediation Institute we suggest you allow for 8 1/2 days e.g Wednesday to the following Thursday and including half a day on Saturday and Sunday as a free day.

If you are working full time you may be limited in the time you have available for work placement. For example on day a week for placement would mean it may take up to two months to complete your placement.

Whatever arrangement works for you Mediation Institute is committed to supporting your workplace learning.

 

What Our Graduates Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our students do the talking!

Why did you choose Mediation Institute for your course and were your expectations met?

Was the standout course after I did my research

How well did the Video Role Plays enhance your learning?

Yes they were excellent and gave me the practice I needed

 

What was your experience of the training staff?

Special 5 star effort from Ken Speakman

 

Gil Avenaim

Mi Graduate - Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Medi8 Family Law Mediation

Why did you choose Mediation Institute for your course and were your expectations met?

I chose the course as it was self administered so I could do at my own pace.

How well did the Video Role Plays enhance your learning?

Very well – once I started to participate everything fell into place.

What was your experience of the training staff?

I worked with Joanne and Ken frequently and both were very approachable, genuinely interested in my learning and took the time to help me.

 

Fiona Basir

Mi Graduate - Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Family Law Mediation SA

Why did you choose Mediation Institute for your course and were your expectations met?

I chose the Mediation Institute because of its capacity to be self paced and completed online. This was the best fit for my family life and other commitments.

I like that we can still participate in video mediations and attend the webinars for continued learning and development.

How well did the Video Role Plays enhance your learning?

The video role plays enhanced my learning. Whether it be mediating, role playing or observing you learn something new every time. They are very useful to gain clarification around issues/questions.

What was your experience of the training staff?

Easy to approach and consult with. I have always felt supported and acknowledged when working with any of the staff at the Mediation Institute.

Mi Graduate - Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Peymac Mediations and FDRP at Uniting Care Communityrvice

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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I enrol?

Mediation Institute starts our training groups on their course monthly.

There is an application process to complete and a limited number of places available so begin your application process as soon as you can. You can defer your start date till a subsequent month should you not be ready to start with the next group.

What is the Internship Requirement?

The full qualification and four of the six core units have a mandatory work placement requirement.

The requirement is 50 hours and specific work with clients must be completed.

What payment terms do your offer?

Students are required to pay for their course in monthly instalments.

Current instalments are $1,500 per month for the CHC8115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Qualification. The number of instalments will depend on the course level you are completing.

  • Pathway course – NMAS + FDR = 10 monthly instalments of $1,500
  • CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of FDR $12,000 = 8 monthly instalments of $1,500
  • CHC81115 Core units only $9,000 = 6 monthly instalments of $1,500
  • Work Placement – an additional two instalments of $1,500.  A non-refundable fee of $1,000 also applies for work placements for non-mediation institute students to cover the cost of liasion with an external training provider, pre-assessment by Mi training team and supervision.
What units does the course cover?

The course has six core units:

CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
CHCDSP001 Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context
CHCDSP002 Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution
CHCDSP003 Support the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution
CHCFAM001 Operate in a family law environment
CHCFAM002 Work with a child-focused approach

Currently Mediation Institute offers a set selection of four elective units to make up the full qualification (10 units)

CHCPRP007        Work within a clinical supervision framework
CHCDFV007        Work with users of violence to effect change
CHCDFV012        Make safety plans with people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence
CHCFAM007       Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
What is your refund policy?

The course is invoiced in monthly instalments. If you want to cancel the course at any stage notify the team before your next instalment is due.

Once an instalment is paid and training commenced each instalment is generally not refundable.

There is an application and orientation process designed to ensure that you are suitable for the course and the course is suitable for you before your enrolment will be processed and you will be requested to make your first monthly payment.

 

If you are experiening hardship, health or other difficulties you can apply to suspend your payments and course and resume when your situation improves. Suspensions are available for up to twelve months only. Additional costs may be required to re-commence your course if the suspension period is longer than this.

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Our approach to training this course

Why choose Mediation Institute?

Award wining training

Mediation Institute uses eLearning in a very humanistic way to increase access to high quality training where participating in frequent workshops is not a viable option.

Many of our students hold down full time jobs or have responsibilities are carers for children or other relatives.  Online learning allows you to study on your own terms.

Mediation Institute Winner of the eLearning Excellence Award 2014Course Delivery Model

The course is typically delivered within twelve months with extensions available.

The option of Fully Online or Blended (online plus short focused workshops) give the opportunity to participate in role plays but avoid the necessity if you absolutely can’t.

Video Mediation provides all the opportunities for practice mediations prior to your work placement.

Learning Progression
Work Placement

A mandatory part of the learning process is work placement with clients within a family dispute resolution service.

This is not-negotiable as there is a requirement that you demonstrate competence delivering services to clients (under supervision or in a co-facilitation arrangement)

We will discuss your options for work placement during the Application Process.

Mediation Institute has an arrangement in place with the not-for-profit Interact Support to provide work placement opportunities. We also work collaboratively with Family Dispute Resolution Services and Individual Practitioners if you have arranged your own placement.

Application
CHCFAM001 - Operate in a Family Law Environment (Core)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine and respond to family law requirements, work collaboratively within the family law system, and contribute to improved work practices linked to family law.

The three elements that you will demonstrate competence in are:

  1. Determine and respond to family law requirements
  2. Collaborate with others in the family law system
  3. Contribute to workplace improvements

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  1. correctly applied family law to at least 5 different client situations, that individually or cumulatively include needs relating to domestic and family violence/safety, finance, property, children, relationship conflict
  2. demonstrated effective use of the following in the context of family law. Systems and processes, documentation, reporting and collaboration with others in the system
  3. developed appropriate responses to at least 5 different legal or ethical dilemmas in the family law context
  4. identified and analysed at least 3 work practices in terms of how they meet family law responsibilities and what improvements could be made.

During the course you will demonstrate competence in role plays and simulations and then apply them in the workplace. If you are completing this unit as a stand alone course it is acceptable for all assessment to be completed in a simulated environment that simulates workplace conditions.

Dispute Resolution Units (3 Core Units)

The three Dispute Resolution Units are delivered as a clustered module in our course.

  • CHCDSP001 – Facilitate Dispute Resolution in the Family Law Context,
  • CHCDSP002 – Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution and
  • CHCDSP003 – Support the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution

The cluster contains  fourteen elements closely related to delivering dispute resolution services as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in a legal and ethical way that supports the safety of all participants and staff.

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  1. performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of the units according to legal requirements and ethical standards during a period of 50 hours of dispute resolution work with clients, under the supervision of an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP), in a dispute resolution service
  2. facilitated, either individually or in a co-facilitation capacity, at least 5 different dispute resolution processes that individually or cumulatively include matters relating to domestic and family violence, child abuse/child protection, finances, including child support and property
  3. facilitated disputes that involve multiple parties, voluntary participants and involuntary participants
  4. managed sessions where all parties are present, and in a shuttle situation
  5. used dispute diagnostic skills, and responded to indicators of substance abuse, mental health issues, domestic and family violence, abuse and power imbalances in client situations, cultural dimensions of the conflict and own reactions to the dispute and/or disputants
  6. applied relationship skills including effective liaison and working relationships with other allied professionals, establishing and maintaining trust and respect, encouraging client self determination, recognising own reactions to the dispute and/or disputants that might impair practitioner ability to conduct a fair process and use of age appropriate communication
  7. used interpersonal communication skills, including non-judgemental approach, displaying empathy, active listening and questioning, clarifying information and assumptions, speaking clearly, simply, effectively at the communication and comprehension level of the participants, establishing rapport and showing respect for individual difference
  8. used facilitation strategies and techniques, including mirroring strategy, role modelling cooperation and listening, reframing issues, respectful interruptions, encouraging active listening, formulating transition statements for clarification and managing power imbalances and high levels of conflict
  9. applied critical thinking and content management skills including obtaining, identifying, analysing, prioritising and evaluating information, assessing issues and options and reasoning logically, reading, comprehending and using relevant documentation, writing clearly and concisely using neutral language, creating, maintaining and organising records, eliciting information from other professionals and using and exchanging information in a manner that broadens rather than limits the participants’ options
  10. applied process skills, including working with a child focused approach and following the agreed structure of the dispute resolution process.
  11. developed responses to at least 5 different complex ethical dilemmas in family dispute resolution practice.

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace with the addition of simulations and scenarios where the full range of contexts and situations have not been provided in the workplace.

CHCDFV008 - Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work (Core)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work.

This unit applies to dispute resolution and other practitioners working with significant autonomy and self-direction in the provision of services to families impacted by domestic and family violence, both users and victims.

The five elements that you will demonstrate competence in are:

  1. Analyse the impact of domestic and family violence on family work
  2. Work within the legal context of domestic and family violence
  3. Implement organisation procedures that support family members to cease violent, controlling, intimidating and belittling behaviour
  4. Implement organisation procedures to promote safety for family members who are subjected to violence
  5. Align service interventions to specific clients

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  1. performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit according to legal and procedural requirements, and delivered services to at least 3 people affected by domestic and family violence in the workplace
  2. conducted research into the theoretical perspectives that underpin work with people affected by domestic and family violence, sourcing and analysing information from multiple credible sources
  3. worked with all of the following people users, victims, families and colleagues in other services
  4. used the following skills when working with people affected by domestic and family violence goal setting and strategy development skills, questioning and active listening, counselling skills and relationship building skills.

During the course you will demonstrate competence in role plays and simulations and then apply them in the workplace.  Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace with the addition of simulations and scenarios where the full range of contexts and situations have not been provided in the workplace.

CHCFAM002 - Work with a child focused approach (Core)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use, support and evaluate child-focused approaches in service delivery in the context of family law. A key tenet of the family law system and associated service provision is acting and promoting the best interests of the child.

This unit applies to individuals working with families in complex situations. They would be working in accordance with established policies and procedures.

The four elements that you will demonstrate competence in are:

  1. Make child needs central to service provision
  2. Support parents to maintain child focused approaches
  3. Respond to situations requiring child inclusive process
  4. Monitor and evaluate child-focused practice

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  1. consistently applied the concepts and intention of working in the child’s best interests as stated in the Family Law Act 1975 in the planning, provision and monitoring of services to at least 3 families with children experiencing conflict

  2. responded appropriately to situations where the child is vulnerable or at risk and there is a requirement for child inclusive practice.

During the course you will demonstrate competence in role plays and simulations and then apply them in the workplace.  If you are completing this unit only skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions.

CHCPRP007 - Work within a Clinical Supervision Framework (Elective)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to initiate, prepare for and participate in a structured process of clinical supervision.

The three elements that you will demonstrate competence in are:

  1. Initiate clinical supervision arrangements
  2. Use supervision to determine effectiveness of clinical practice and techniques
  3. Initiate opportunities to contribute to the development of own knowledge

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • initiated, prepared for, documented and participated in a structured process of clinical supervision in the workplace in response to at least 5 different clinical case work experiences
  • researched at least 3 different example of professional literature or program evaluations
  • articulated and documented a response to at least 3 different complex situations in professional practice

This unit requires demonstration of skills in the workplace.

CHCDFV012 - Make safety plans with people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence (Elective)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the vulnerabilities of people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence, and to work collaboratively with those people to develop implement and review safety plans.

This unit applies to workers who operate with significant autonomy in therapeutic professional service roles in the community sector. The activity is self-directed.

The three elements that you will demonstrate competence in are:

  1. Assess vulnerabilities and their impact on safety
  2. Implement safety planning procedures
  3. Review safety planning procedures

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  1. developed and documented safety plans that take account of legal requirements and specific vulnerabilities, with and for at least 3 people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence
  2. reviewed at least 2 different safety plans based on client and broader network feedback
  3. used interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain trusting relationships, including questioning, active listening, paraphrasing, clarifying, summarising and rapport building.

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions.

CHCDFV007 - Work with users of violence to effect change (Elective)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with and engage users of violence to assist them to take responsibility for their violence, and to work towards changing their behaviour and enhancing the safety of their family.

This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues associated with domestic and family violence within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

The four elements that you will demonstrate competence in are:

  1. Establish and maintain professional relationship
  2. Assess capacity for change
  3. Encourage personal responsibility
  4. Monitor and review progress

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  1. worked with at least 3 users of violence and provided appropriate support to family members according to organisation, legal and ethical requirements
  2. established, documented and monitored agreements with users of violence that include goals, strategies, outcomes
  3. used the following interpersonal communication techniques appropriately with users of domestic violence questioning and active listening, paraphrasing, clarifying, summarising, relationship and rapport building, challenging and supportive feedback and conflict de-escalation/resolution.

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions.

CHCFAM007 - Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements (Elective)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess parenting practice, then work with parents to prepare and monitor parenting plans and arrangements.

This unit applies to practitioners working in complex post-separation contexts according to the requirements of the Family Law Act 1975.

The three elements that you will demonstrate competence in are:

  1. Assess current parenting practices
  2. Assist clients to agree on outcomes for parenting arrangements
  3. Monitor parenting arrangements

Performance Evidence

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  1. adhered to legal requirements for both process and outcome to assist at least 3 families with different circumstances to develop parenting arrangements that comprise a documented risk assessment, are in the best interests of the child, consider the complexities of relationships both in and out of the immediate family environment, include development and documentation of risk assessment, set in place monitoring requirements

  2. used the principles and practices of all of the following in working with parents and children client-centred practice, child-friendly communication, conciliation, negotiation and mediation.

Skills must have been demonstrated in the workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions.

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