Dispute Resolution in the Family Law Context

Course code HLSC6512Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course outlines dispute resolution skills specific to family dispute resolution in the family law context, including, mediation, conciliation, facilitation and conferencing. It develops knowledge and skills essential for Dispute Resolution Practitioners performing complex family dispute resolution using a variety of facilitative processes within the Family Law environment. It enables students to develop, reflect on and analyse the skills and knowledge required to facilitate family dispute resolution with the aim of assisting families to reach mutual agreement on issues related to relationships, children, property and assets. Students must work in a setting (either voluntary or paid) which provides access to approximately 20 hours of supervised clinical assessment with clients.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will have skills and knowledge to:
- Perform complex family dispute resolution using a variety of facilitative processes within the Family Law environment.
- Apply contemporary research and approaches in the field of Family Dispute Resolution.
- Thoroughly understand the provision for children and property in the Family Law Act, Child Support (Assessment)Act
- Engage with participants using a range of interpersonal and effective communication skills and organisation resources to identify parenting and property or assets issues for consideration
- Apply knowledge of family, couple and child dynamics in normal developmental and abnormal forms
- Apply dispute diagnostic skills, relationship skills, content management and process skills to the dispute resolution process
- Recognise own reactions to the dispute and/or disputants that might impair practitioner ability to conduct a fair process
- Manage power imbalances in dispute resolution.
ContentCourse modules will include the following knowledge sets and specific skills to apply these to diverse family dispute resolution contexts:
- Contemporary research and approaches in the provision of conflict management
- Contemporary research and approaches in responding to needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities
- Contemporary research and approaches in responding to needs of culturally and linguistically diverse families and communities
- Thorough understanding of the provision for children and property in the Family Law Act, Child Support (Assessment)Act
- Impact of conflict, particularly high and/or ongoing conflict, on children, and the use of child focused and child inclusive techniques to address and minimise these impacts where required in job role
- Understanding and relevant application within job role context of main concepts of family, couple and child dynamics in normal developmental and abnormal forms
- An understanding of the sources of power imbalances in relationships and an ability to recognise and respond appropriately to the indicators of such imbalances in their clients.
- Procedures and instruments to screen for abuse before and during the dispute resolution process in addition to safety planning requirements and procedures for clients and staff as well as limitations.
- Community, educational or other resources for referral or use within the dispute resolution process
- Other dispute resolution options such as litigation or community based interventions, as well as their strengths and limitations
- Self knowledge, including personal and cultural attitudes toward family conflict and the impact of self on the parties and process
- Range of impacts of separation and divorce on couples, parents, children and other family members
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree in relevant discipline and/or equivalent professional experience in the field. Students must work in a setting (either voluntary or paid) which provides access to approximately 20 hours of supervised clinical assessment with clients.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Seminar
Student Projects
Assessment Items
ClinicalClinical skills assessments
Essays / Written Assignments
Online Learning ActivitiesOnline Group/Tutorial Participation and Contribution
Contact HoursSeminar: for 30 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Case Study: for 15 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Student Projects: for 15 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentLimited to students enrolled in the Family Dispute Resolution Specialisation in Masters of Family Studies program.