CHC81115 - Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution
Why become a family dispute resolution practitioner?
Family Dispute Resolution practitioners are highly-skilled people from a variety of professional backgrounds. They are trained in resolving disputes relating to families, children, finance or property matters. The benefits to the client/s is that they are given the opportunity to have an input into future planning for all matters. More often than not this can preserve the relationship in ways that is not possible in court where one party wins and the other loses. This creates further angst for families which ultimately impacts on the children.
Family Dispute Resolution practitioners can work alone, with another practitioner or as an employee. They do not give legal advice but will explore general principles that apply to couples who are separating. They may give advice in relation to children and parenting matters, focusing on the best interests of the child.
Family Dispute Resolution practitioners are impartial and fair to both parties. They are focused on the future and on helping the parties resolve their dispute. The process is confidential, within the limits of the law.
Helping families through extremely difficult times and preventing court action is a highly rewarding career.
Qualifications and competencies
A person is required to meet criteria for accreditation relating to qualifications and competencies, which includes competency in screening and assessing families for family violence and child abuse.
Generally, competencies are met through training which includes a workplace assessment under direct observation to demonstrate competency in delivering services to clients, including clients affected by family violence.
Practitioners can meet this accreditation requirement by:
Completing the full (CHC81115) Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Course
or have an appropriate qualification and competency in the six compulsory units from the Vocational Graduate Diploma or Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (or the higher education provider equivalent)
or have accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation Scheme) and competency in the six compulsory units from the Vocational Graduate Diploma or Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (or the higher education provider equivalent).
· You will be eligible to apply to the Australian Attorney General's Department to become an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
· Only Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners are authorised to issue Section 60i Certificates under the Family Law Act 1975.
In addition to the online learning, workshops and role plays, you will be able to practice your skills by working with clients during a 50 hour work placement.
We will assist students to secure work placements however please understand that any travel or other expenses are not included in course fees.