FDRP3 Advanced Family Dispute Resolution

FDRP3 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 inter generational differences.



At the end of this subject you will be able to:

  • identify the legal and ethical responsibilities in family dispute resolution and apply the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) provisions regarding family violence
  • recognise the prevalence and impact of family violence on parents, children and society, and identify the theories and beliefs about the causes of family violence
  • conduct a risk assessment of parties in family mediation and understand perpetrator tactics and victim behaviours which may obfuscate risk assessment, and develop safety plans for parties at risk of family violence
  • critically assess the impact of culture in the context of separating families, and develop culturally appropriate strategies in family dispute resolution
  • create an environment that supports the physical and emotional safety of vulnerable parties and understand ways the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRP) can alter their practice to accommodate the needs of the vulnerable, and
  • critically evaluate child-focused dispute resolution and the different methods of bringing a child’s voice into the mediation process.


  • Ethics and decision making for FDRP
  • Family violence, child protection and the law
  • Screening for violence, risk assessment and safety planning
  • Techniques for managing volatile clients and situations
  • Ethics in family dispute resolution


How to enrol

1. Download and read the Program Manual (PDF).
This document contains all the terms and conditions relating to your enrolment at The College of Law.

2. Decide on your program and initial subject/s

3. Enrol online



More information

"I first became an FDRP to complement my family law practice. I found it so rewarding that I transitioned out of legal practice to grow my own mediation practice. Being the impartial third party facilitating discussion, rather than acting for one side or another, is a very satisfying job."

Danielle Jaku-Greenfield

Mediator, The Resolution Space and Lecturer, The College of Law