Supporting Vulnerable Parties within a Family Law Environment
|Course code HLSC6513||Units 10||Level 6000||Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences|
This course provides the advanced skills and knowledge required by family dispute resolution practitioners performing complex family dispute resolution, using a variety of facilitative processes within the family law environment, to create an environment that supports the physical and emotional protection of vulnerable parties. 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|
|Objectives||At the successful completion of this course, students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively:|
- Conduct assessments in accordance with the requirements of the family law context.
- Apply requirements and regulations of the Family Law Act.
- Assess suitability of dispute for resolution processes in the context of domestic and family violence.
- Identify and appropriately manage the safety of participants in dispute resolution when family violence is present.
- Implement procedures to manage violent, controlling, intimidating behaviours that may occur in dispute resolution processes.
- Manage case work activities in the context of the family law environment.
- Work effectively within a multidisciplinary team.
- Expand upon specialised skills required for the workplace, including application of clinical supervision to support professional practice;
- Reflect on, and apply, practically what has been learnt theoretically within this course.
|Content||- Assessment including:|
- Identification of specific client needs within family law context
- Engagement of voluntary and involuntary clients.
- Utilise child focused approaches in interviews.
- Explaining the family law system including Family Court processes and requirements.
- Responding appropriately to distressed clients.
- Provide options relating to preventative support relating to relationship issues.
- Provide referral options for post separation services.
- Standard protocols for screening for family violence.
- Seeking specialist assistance for screening as appropriate.
- Ensuring appropriate protocols are in place before entering into agreements to act as a third party.
- Impacts of dynamics of family violence on the dispute resolution process.
- Impact and risk of dispute resolution process on the safety concerns of family members.
- Application of requirements and regulations of the Family Law Act within organisational contexts, including:
- Acting as expert witness.
- Preparing accurate reports.
- Analysing information to determine action.
- Observe and report where required by legislation or organisational policy.
- Make appropriate referrals to legal practitioners to ensure parties are informed of legislative rights and responsibilities.
- Advocate appropriately in court in accordance with specified job role.
- Taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of participants in the dispute resolution process where family violence is present, including:
- Using security protocols.
- Establishing a climate for disclosure of family violence and current safety concerns.
- Using personal protective and screening measures.
- Referral to appropriate support programs.
- Suspending or terminating dispute resolution to protect participant safety.
- Procedures to manage behaviour that may occur during dispute resolution process, including:
- Identifying behaviours of intimidation, control and manipulation used in sessions.
- Establishing understanding of rules for respectful and safe participation in the process.
- Implementing strategies to ensure equal participation and expression of key concerns and issues by each party.
- Case management in the context of the family law environment, including:
- Following procedure in accordance with organisational policy and legislative requirements.
- Preparing case plans.
- Researching and identifying appropriate client support systems
- Providing appropriate information to clients about family law processes and support options.
- Managing power imbalances in family group interactions with services.
- Procedures for filing and service of court documentation in accordance with legal requirements and job role.
- Working within a multidisciplinary team:
- Establishing effective working relationships with other specialist staff in the Family Law System.
- Negotiating with other sections of the Family Law System.
- Promoting inter-professional cooperation and client engagement with other professionals as appropriate.
|Assumed Knowledge||Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline and relevant 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 Delivery||Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning|
|Teaching Methods||Case Study|
Email Discussion Group
|Contact Hours||Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Seminar: for 30 hour(s) per Term 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