CHC81115 - Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution 2018

 

The CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution is delivered in partnership with RTO Inspiritive Pty Ltd RTO Code 21178. Mediation Institute provides all training and assessing.

Our first 2018 course officially starts in February 2018 however you can enrol as soon as you are ready to begin the self-paced elearning over the holiday period.

 

 

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Core Units

The minimum requirement to apply for accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Australian Attorney Generals Department is the core units from the CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution.

Save $3,000 if you are satisfied with a Statement of Attainment rather than a Graduate Diploma Qualification.

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Do you need Education Finance?

Changes to the governments policy and approach to funding vocational training have impacted the CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Qualification.  Government loans are no longer available.

We offer monthly payment terms or you may be eligible for a education finance loan.

 

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Partnering

Mediation Institute is a specialist content developer and training provider. We work in partnership with registered training organisations to provide all of the materials, training, assessing and work placement requirements.

Our RTO partners do what they do best. Manage compliance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations.  Get in touch if your RTO is interested in offering this course in partnership with Mediation Institute for training and assessment , purchasing a license to our training resources or putting in place a work placement package for your students.

 

 

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Online Learning

Our online learning model means that you can move as quickly or slowly as you need to through the material, can review content when you need to and puts you in control of your education.

Workshops, group supervision, video tutorials and live mentored video mediation role plays round out the course. Mediation Institute makes our course accessible through online learning but not as you know it.

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Work Placement

This course includes a mandatory 50-hour work placement. You will work with at least five families experiencing end of relationship conflict as part of your work placement.

Mediation Institute has arrangements in place to ensure that all students can comply with this requirement with the work placement and supervision costs included in the course fee. You can complete additional hours of volunteer work with clients prior to accreditation if you choose.

Choosing the right course

We encourage you to compare training providers for this course and to be aware that not all courses are created equal, and not all trainers really have current industry experience they need to guide your learning experience.

Questions to ask during your course evaluation https://www.mediationinstitute.edu.au/chc81115-provider-comparison-tool/

Course Options and addon’s

Mediation Institute courses are offered in partnership with Registered Training Organisations.

To accredit to become a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner we recommend that you complete the full course to be granted the CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution qualification. However, there is the option of completing 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 by the registered training organisation rather than the full Graduate Diploma Qualification.

Depending on your other qualifications your ongoing accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner may be contingent on other factors. This would include a requirement to have and maintain NMAS Mediator Accreditation.  A condition not applicable if you have the full Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Qualification.

Core Units Only

6 Core Units from CHC81115
$9,000
  • online learning materials for the 6 core units
  • Full online learning support and mentoring including webinars (commences Feb 2018)
  • A three-day workshop in either Brisbane or Melbourne
  • Statement of Attainment issued upon successful completion of all assessment
  • 50-hour work placement provided with Interact Support or you can arrange your own placement with another FDR service
  • Free Student Membership of Mi RMAB
  • Additional elective available at $1,200 each
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Work Placement

For students not enrolled with a Mediation Institute partnered RTO.
$60/ hour of supervision
  • for CHC8115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution work placement
  • supervision by a qualified assessor and FDRP
  • Includes insurance coverage for placement
  • includes phone and video services with clients. Face to face will depend on your location
  • Pre-assessment of competence may be required depending on your training provider. An additional fee may be payable if a pre-assessment is required.
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What is the work placement requirement?

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 technical requirements of the course in terms of the work placement in seven days.

Interact Support provides services nationally primarily through phone and web meeting technology. Our ideal work placement model is that you are allocated to work with your supervisor with five or more families engaging with Interact so that you gain full experience of the end to end process of working in family dispute resolution.

Many of the Interact Support practitioners provide their services after hours and on the weekends, you may have the opportunity to complete the work placement after hours to avoid taking time off work.

We will support you to work out a placement strategy that works for you and fits in with your other work and family obligations.

 

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

Ursula Najar

Ursula is an accredited Family Dispute Resolution working in her own practice and provides services to Interact Support from her base in Adelaide.

Ursula also provides counselling and workplace mediation services through her business Juno Consulting Adelaide.   http://junoadelaide.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I enrol?

Enrolments are now open. You currently have two course options:

  • November 2018 – starting with elective units over the holiday period and then commencing the core units in February 2018
  • February 2018 – commencing with the core units. Suitable for people doing the core units only. Those completing the full qualification will do the remaining electives later in the year.

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Is Mediation Institute an RTO?

No. Mediation Institute is not a Registered Training Organisation.

We are a specialist training provider who works in partnership with Registered Training Organisations.

This course is offered in partnership with Inspiritive Pty Ltd RTO Code 21178

Roles

In most of our training partnerships Mediation Institute is responsible for:

  • processing applications to determine suitability for enrolment
  • processing enrolment forms and all invoicing for students
  • providing the course materials via online learning
  • all training and assessment
  • determining if students are competent and submitting evidence of competence to the Registered Training Organisation
  • complying with all requirements for nationally accredited training at the direction of the Registered Training Organisation

Our RTO Partners are responsible for compliance with the RTO standards which includes:

  • determining and monitoring the quality of the training and assessment provided by Mediation Institute
  • participating in validation of completed assessments and continuous improvement activities to ensure that assessment meets ASQA and any other standards that apply
  • receiving and storing evidence of competence
  • issuing the qualification once competence is achieved
  • complying with all requirements for registered training organisations

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.

Mediation Institute provides the opportunity to participate in a work placement internship with Interact Support however we are delighted to work with your supervisor or supervising organisation if you have your own work placement arranged.

Do I have to pay for a work placement?

You don’t have to pay for work placement if you are enrolled with a Mediation Institute Registered Training Organisation Partner.

Your work placement must be under the supervision of an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in a Family Dispute Resolution service. To provide that level of supervision to a student takes time and effort.

Mediation Institute uses part of your course fees to pay for your supervision and support for you for when you are completing your work placement.

Our course design and costing includes your work placement and supervision during your course. You will have the opportunity to participate in a work placement with Interact Support of fifty hours or more if you have the time available and desire for more experience before you become accredited.

Interact Support is a not-for-profit that Mediation Institute helped to establish and provide labour for during the establishment phase.

Our investment in getting the not-for-profit off the ground was designed to meet three goals:

  • to provide work placement opportunities for our students
  • to provide contract work opportunities for our graduates
  • to provide innovative programs and services to help overcome deficiencies in the current provision of services to families going through separation and divorce. Visit Interact Support to find out more about our vision, mission and services. Interact Support

If you are enrolled with another training provider

If you are enrolled with a training provider who has made no such provisions and has left you to find your own supervised work placement you are likely to have to pay for supervision in addition to the course fees you have already paid.

If you are very lucky you may be able to convince a FDR Practitioner to provide that supervision for free. If not we are available to assist but a fee does apply.

Pre-Assessment of Competence

You will begin your work placement before you have been accredited FDR Practitioner. Our course is designed to assess your competence and increase your level of responsibility in your work placement as your skills develop.

We are aware that the quality of the providers of this course varies greatly and can not be assured that your level of training will be sufficient to ensure that you provide accurate information to clients. We may require that you participate in a demonstration role play and oral assessment prior to accepting your application for work placement.

We may wave this requirement if your training is with a reputable provider.

What payment terms do your offer?

Under ASQA guidelines students in vocational training are required to pay for their course in monthly instalments unless the course is being paid for by a company or the RTO has a training guarantee in place. If the course is being paid for by a company we can accept payments in full upfront.

The monthly instalments vary depending on the fees and duration for the course. Mediation Institute does not add a cost loading to the course fees when students are paying by the month.

There are education finance companies available who can arrange for a longer-term loan for your training. At this time the CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution is not on the list of qualifications that eligible for a government student loan under the VET Student Loan scheme.

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 has training available in a set 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?

For courses 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.

For courses paid in full generally a refund is not available once the training has commenced however we consider any request for a refund on a case by case basis.

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.

Do you have more questions?

If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.

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Our approach to designing and training this course

Why choose Mediation Institute?

Award winning 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 2014
Course 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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