Postgraduate Applied Law Program

Family Dispute Resolution Practice

LLM (Applied Law) majoring in Family Dispute Resolution Practice
Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice

Help families amicably resolve relationship breakdown as an FDRP

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners provide a holistic approach to helping families navigate changes to relationships, parenting arrangements and living circumstances. FDRPs come from a variety of backgrounds including law, social work, psychology and dispute resolution/mediation. Our course meets your complete practicum requirements online through Virtual Simulated Practice.

Highly

Highly practical

You'll work on practical tasks and real-life scenarios that you're likely to encounter in practice.

Online

Online learning

Our online delivery mode gives you true flexibility. Study from anywhere at your own pace, while working full time.

Expand

Expand your skillset

Deepen your knowledge in your current specialisation area or explore a new one by choosing from 11 areas of specialisation.

Meets

Meets all practicum requirements

Satisfy the full 50 hours of required practicum through our Virtual Simulated Practice, coursework and workshops.

Hurry, only 2 intakes per year!

Next intake starts 14 November 2022

What subjects can I choose from?

FDR1

Family Law and Mediation

This subject forms the foundation of the family dispute resolution (FDR) subjects. In this subject you will be introduced to family law and the place of mediation within family law. You will acquire the requisite knowledge to enable you, as a family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), to contextualise and appreciate each party’s unique situation within the family law framework, and assist each of them to understand your role and their respective roles in the process.

This subject also discusses where mediation sits on the dispute resolution spectrum and how the process assists in the resolution of family disputes.

By the end of the subject, you will have completed all the requirements under the National Mediation Standards to apply for assessment and subsequent accreditation.

Topics

  • Overview of Australian family law
  • Obligations of a family dispute resolution practitioner
  • The dispute resolution spectrum
  • Conflict analysis and pre-mediation preparation
  • Mediation models
  • Facilitative mediation process
  • Communication skills in mediation
  • Common issues in mediation

* Current Nationally Accredited Mediators are eligible for advanced standing in FDR1 Family Law and Mediation.

FDR2

Children’s Matters, Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution

“What is true about family mediation is that first and foremost, it is about families, and secondarily, it is about mediation and dispute resolution processes. Family mediators help families change from what does not fit to what will work better.” – A Taylor, The Handbook of Family Dispute Resolution: Mediation Theory and Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2012) 3.

An understanding of families involves an introduction to the meaning and purpose of the family system, and how the family is impacted through separation. This subject introduces the student to the nuances of working with conflicted families. We will focus on understanding how family groups function and how they are affected by conflict. In particular we will explore how children exposed to parental conflict can be impacted.

Topics

  • defining and understanding families
  • emotional impact of separation on family members
  • children's needs and best interests
  • family law and children's matters
  • parenting plans and parenting orders.  

FDR3

Advanced Family Dispute Resolution

This subject explores some of the advanced concepts surrounding mediating with families, such as recognising and managing ethical dilemmas, screening and assessing family and domestic violence, and managing the complexities of working with perpetrators of violence.

It is important that family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) are able to assess whether their clients and cases are suitable for dispute resolution processes such as mediation and conciliation. It is also important that they are able to identify matters such as power imbalances and cultural issues that may impact on their clients’ ability to negotiate effectively within these processes.

From a broad-based perspective, this subject also encompasses wider factors such as gender, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, language, level of education and the effect of intergenerational differences.

Topics

  • family violence, child protection and the law
  • screening for violence, risk assessment and safety planning
  • techniques for managing volatile clients and situations, and
  • ethics in family dispute resolution.

FDR4

Case Management in Family Dispute Resolution Capstone

FDR4 is designed to be the clinical subject to underpin the theory of family dispute resolution practice. By the end of this subject you will have an understanding of the family dispute resolution case management principles. By completing this subject you will have the opportunity to manage family dispute resolution cases within simulated workplace experiences. You will take the carriage of four matters of various complexities that you will manage from intake, through to assessment, education, and referral, culminating in conducting the mediation.

Successful completion of this subject will provide 30 hours of clinical placement under the FDRP practicum requirements.

Topics

  • Introduction to family dispute resolution case management
  • Intakes (and variations)
  • Assessment for suitability
  • Information and referrals for mediation
  • Property matters in family dispute resolution
  • Child support assessment formula
  • Preparing for and conducting mediation

FDR5

Virtual Simulated Practice

Practicum component

Successful completion of both FDR4 and FDR5 subjects will enable students to fully satisfy their practicum component requirement. Watch this short 5 minute video that explains what the virtual simulated practice subject is.
 
The option to complete the practicum requirements independently with an external supervisor, subject to meeting the usual requirements is also available. Any student requiring additional information regarding fulfilling the practicum requirements can contact the Client Services team at postgrad@collaw.edu.au   
 
Students can apply for exemption from FDR5, should they organise and complete external practicum. You can find details of accredited family dispute resolution practitioners at Family Dispute Resolution Providers Register and Family Relationships Online which may assist your search for independent placements. 

The fee per subject in 2022 is $3,450 (no GST applies). However, our fees are reviewed annually and may vary during your enrolment.

Start with a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice (FDRP)

To graduate with the Graduate Diploma, you are required to successfully complete all 5 core FDR subjects.

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