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CHC81115 - Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

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 and we are only accepting 21 applicants throughout Australia so get your enrolment form in so you don’t miss out!

Core Units

Looking to save some money on your training costs?

You can complete the minimum requirements by completing the core units only and then apply for accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Australian Attorney Generals Department.

Save $3,000 if you are satisfied with a Statement of Attainment rather than a Graduate Diploma Qualification (and save even more if you don’t require us to provide your work placement)

Do you need Education Finance?

Mediation Institute provides a 12 month interest free payment plan for students of the  CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Qualification.  If you would like to pay over a longer term education finance is available.

Work Placement

Don’t be short changed on your work placement. Mediation Institute offers the full 50 hours of work placement (more if you want) with our all inclusive course.

Role plays with other students are included in the course and a valuable part of your learning but role plays with actors or other students are not the same as working with real clients to help them resolve their real parenting and property disputes.

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.

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. The major difference is the support for your work placement.

Not all trainers really have the current industry experience they need to guide your learning experience.

Get a copy of our CHC81115 Provider Comparison Tool

Course Options

Mediation Institute is a specialist training provider and offers our courses in partnership with Registered Training Organisations.

You have two options when you consider the training to become a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

  • The full CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution qualification
  • Core Units only – higher ed. courses that are acceptable are equivalent to core units only and not 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.

Core Units Only

Some people completing the core units only will be required to have and maintain NMAS Mediator Accreditation.  This condition not applicable if you have the full Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Qualification.

See the Attorney General’s Department website to find out more.

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Tuition Fees

Core Units Only

This option is equivalent to the higher education providers with the exception that we provide students with the full work experience opportunity prescribed by the qualification rather than classifying role plays as being real work experience.

  • Statement of attainment for the 6 core units 50-hour work placement provided by student $6,900
  • Statement of attainment for the 6 core units including 50-hour work placement provided by Mi $8,900

CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

This option is for the full Graduate Diploma qualification including the mandated 50 hour work placement working under the supervision of an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner in a family dispute resolution service.

  • Full qualification – 50 hour work placement provided by student $9,900
  • Full qualification including 50-hour work placement provided by Mi $11,900

Payment Options

We have flexible payment options available:

  • Payment in full upon acceptance of enrolment (only available if a business is paying)
  • $1,500 deposit plus 6 instalments (payment over 7 months)
  • $1,500 deposit plus 11 instalments (payment over 12 months)
  • Finance with Harmoney – https://www.harmoney.com.au/home/inspiritive
  • Finance with Moneyplace – https://moneyplace.com.au/apply
  • Other arrangements are possible by mutual agreement

RCC and RPL

Full recognition of current qualifications (Recognition of Current Competence) and Recognition of prior non-equivalent formal and informal training and work experience (Recognition of prior learning ) are available at a rate of $300 per unit plus an additional hourly rate if excessive time is required to process your application.

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.

Do I have to travel for the work placement?

If you complete your work placement with Interact Support you will be able to complete your client work via Video Mediation.

In some locations you will also be able to intern with an Interact Support FDR Practitioner who offers face to face mediation services as well as online.

If you are arranging your own work placement you will be determining if you need to travel to complete your work placement.

50 hours of work placement could technically be completed in as little as 8 days however please be aware that the placement does not just require you to “hang out” with a FDR Practitioner.

You have to do work, including co-facilitating FDR with clients.

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

What is the enrolment process?

The enrolment process starts with the submission of an Application Form – download it here https://wp.me/a4O7S9-1zsCHC81115 Enrolment Process-copy

What is the Work Placement 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.

Why do I have to pay a higher fee if I want Mi to arrange my work placement?

Work placement requires a considerable amount of time and effort for your supervising FDR Practitioner.

If you are working with a FDR provider or have a relationship with a FDR Practitioner they may be able to provide you with a work placement without charging you any money. If you can secure a placement on those terms we are happy to work with you and you will pay the lower course fees.

We organise the work placements with the not-for-profit Interact Support and you will be supervised by one or more FDR Practitioner during your work placement.

The additional cost of work placement is paid to Interact Support to cover the additional expense of supervising a trainee.

If you can get some of your work placement with another provider you can arrange that and complete any gaps with Interact Support for a fee of $66 per hour.

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.

The rate with Interact Support is $66 per hour.

Pre-Assessment of Competence if you have been trained elsewhere

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.

We offer monthly instalment payments. Deposit is $1,500 with monthly instalments of a maximum of $1,500 per month. Generally students select an 8 or 12 month payment plan.

If you would like smaller instalments you may like to consider education finance.

https://www.mediationinstitute.edu.au/education-finance/ 

 

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
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 your refund policy?

For courses being paid monthly. 

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.

A pro-rata refund will be issued based on the time the student has been on the course calculated based on the time the student has been on the course. If they have been on the course for longer than six months there will not be any refund available. The deposit is non-refundable once the course commences.

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.

A statement of attainment will be issued to any student who withdraws from the course for any completed units.

Do you have more questions?

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

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.

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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