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The practice of family dispute resolution is a specialist area of dispute resolution and is regulated at a national level. The Centre for Dispute Resolution offers short courses and supervised clinical training in family dispute resolution.

Duration: 5 days
Cost: $2,610 (including GST)
Pre-requisites: Completion of the Bond University NMAS Mediation and Mediator Assessment Courses OR the FDR Preparation Course and current National Mediator accreditation. Plus meeting the FDRP requisites listed on the accreditation information summarised below.
Location: Online, via Zoom

The practice of family dispute resolution is a specialist area of dispute resolution and is regulated at a national level.

This online course will introduce participants to the legal obligations of practising as an FDRP and participants will develop the necessary skills to practise as a family dispute resolution practitioner. Participants will learn how to support the safety of vulnerable parties, manage responses to domestic, family violence, work with a child-focused approach, and will be able to apply appropriate safety screening measures and effectively conduct family dispute resolution.

Note: To be eligible to apply to register as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, candidates must meet the Family Dispute Resolution Practice requisites listed below in the Accreditation section and complete the Family Dispute Resolution Training 1 and 2 (which includes 50 hours of supervised Family Dispute Resolution workplace practice and satisfactory assessment of a portfolio of work).

Who Should Apply?

The Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner course has been designed for those who would like to enhance their skills in family mediation and assist families in dealing with separation issues and parenting plans.  

Course information | Dates

The five-day course will be held online via the Zoom platform.

A summary of the program dates for 2022 is listed below. To enrol or express an interest, please click the relevant link below.

  • 9 - 13 November 2022: For expressions of interest please click here

Duration: 4 days
Cost: $2,610 (including GST)
When: See dates below.
Pre-requisites: Completion of the Bond University FDRP Training Course and meeting the FDRP requisites listed in the FDRP Accreditation section of this page.
Location: Online, via Zoom

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This course consolidates family dispute resolution (FDR) knowledge, skills and strategies from previous courses through practical application in complex simulations and clinical practice. Over 30 hours of supervised practice, participants will demonstrate FDR practices necessary to manage a range of challenging scenarios within the context of post-separation parental conflict. Please note, participants are required to provide role players for the final day of the course. More information on this requirement will be provided at the time of enrolment in the course.

On completion, participants must undertake an additional 20 hours of supervised FDR practice. This may be completed through the Bond University FDR Clinic or with another approved FDR supervisor.

2022 Course Dates.  

  • 30 November - 3 December 2022: For expressions of interest please click here

Note: A certificate of completion will only be issued once all 50 hours of FDR supervised practice is complete and a portfolio of work has been assessed as competent.

Cost: $200
Pre-requisites: Completion of the Bond University FDRP Training Course

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On completion of the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) Training Course, participants are required to complete 50 hours of supervised practice by an accredited FDRP in a practical environment. 

On completion of 50 hours, participants will be required to submit a portfolio of work that includes supervision session reports, a learning journal, and case studies.  

An assessment fee of $200 is payable on the submission of the portfolio.

A summary of accreditation requirements is given below. Students are responsible for researching the requirements for accreditation and for applying to the relevant bodies.

The Federal Attorney-General’s Department manages accreditation for Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRP). The Centre for Dispute Resolution (CDR) suite of short courses meet the training and competency requirements equivalent to the compulsory units of the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115). On completion of the four CDR Short Courses and supervised practice, Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution or the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution, students may make an application to the Federal Attorney-General’s Department for FDRP accreditation. Please note, completion of the CDR short courses or the Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution will only make the student eligible to be accredited by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department as a FDRP provided they have:

  • an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent; or
  • current accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).

Students with concerns about their eligibility to be accredited as an FDRP should contact the Attorney-General’s Practitioner Accreditation Unit directly.

Important information for FDRP training courses – Prior to 2017

Please be advised from 1 May 2017 the Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre’s Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner training course changed due to the introduction of the FDRP training package CHC81115. 

Participants who completed courses up to December 2016: please note we are no longer able to sign a certificate of competency under the old training package. Participants who did not complete the requirements by the deadline will need to retrain by completing the equivalent of the new training package.

Duration: Online, self paced
Cost: $295
When: Ongoing
Pre-requisites: Current National Mediator accreditation and meeting the FDRP requisites listed on the Accreditation page.

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This online course has been developed for participants who have not completed Mediation training and assessment through the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CDR). Completion of this course allows entry to the FDR Practitioner Training Course.

The FDR Training Preparation course has been designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and processes from the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Community Services Training Package CHC81115 that will be further enhanced and developed in the Bond University CDR intensive Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Training course.

There is a restriction on numbers at all Centre for Dispute Resolution courses. Registrations are accepted only when full payment is received.

Cancellation by the CDR

  1. The Centre reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses at its discretion.
  2. In the event that a course is cancelled, participants will be advised no less than five (5) working days prior to the course starting.
  3. Participants will be given the option of transferring their registration free of charge to the next available course in the first instance. At the request of the participant, a full refund may be available.

Cancellation by Participant

  1. If a participant elects to cancel their enrolment in a course, cancellation fees will apply as follows:
    • More than 15 business days prior to the start of a course – transfer to the next available course or a full refund.
    • Cancellations within 5 business days prior to the start of a course are not eligible for a refund.  However, participants may apply to transfer to the next available course. Full refunds may be provided under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Centre.
    • Once a course has commenced, refunds or transfers are no longer available and registration fees are forfeited.
  2. Participants may only transfer their registration once. If unable to attend the second offering, and notification is received within 5 business days of the course commencement, the registration fees will be forfeited.

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