How to become a mediator training coach

Course ID WA210202_PSK1

  • Webinar
  • 3.5
  • All

Are you an experienced NMAS mediator and interested in training new mediators? Through a series of case studies, structured discussion and practical exercises, this half-day interactive workshop will give you:

  • an overview of the NMAS requirements for becoming a mediator coach;
  • an understanding of the pedagogy around mediator coaching and the sector;
  • practical tips and training for training prospective mediators using the accredited NMAS training model; and
  • a certificate of completion that may assist you when applying to training organisations for mediation/coaching training roles. 

This workshop is facilitated by Mediation Standards Board Director and College of Law Dispute Resolution Practice Leader Linda Kochanski and is supported by the Mediator Standards Board as part of its outreach program.

Feedback from past attendees:

  • “Excellent workshop.”
  • “Having been trained by Linda previously, I was very keen to do this course because I knew that it would be of the highest standard. Thank you very much, I learnt a lot.”
  • “Love the training – it was a safe and constructive environment.”

Please note: This workshop is designed for qualified NMAS mediators and as such, is not accredited training to become a mediator. If you are interested in becoming a mediator, you can register for one of our upcoming accredited mediator courses here. 

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The time listed for this course is Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT). Please take note of any time differences if you are registering from QLD, WA, SA, NT or from outside Australia. 


Full Price $297.00

Alumni/Member Price $267.30


Start date:

17 February 2021

End date:

17 February 2021


9.00am AEDT - 12.30pm

About This Course


9.00am: Login and welcome


9.05am: Session 1 – Coaching and training overview
  • What mediation coaching entails
  • The aspects of adult learning principles that need to be applied when coaching new mediators.


10.05am: Stretch break


10.10am: Session 2 – The NMAS Framework
  • Coaching under the NMAS standards
  • How training models vary and how the different stages are coached


11.00am: Stretch break


11.05am: Session 3 - Feedback and assessment
  • Giving written and oral feedback and how it differs during the various stages of the role plays; and
  • The differences between coaching and assessment.
  • Exercises to put theory into practice


12.30pm: Close


Designed for

This short course is deigned for accredited NMAS mediators who are interested in training and coaching new mediators.

This webinar is produced in NSW and features a QLD based practitioner. This webinar is available to practitioners from all Australian jurisdictions.


Claiming CPD units

If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority, with the exception of Western Australia. If this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year. If you are in any doubt, you should check your local rules. If you practise in Western Australia, please check local rules regarding interactive activities and note that the College of Law is recognised by the Legal Practice Board of WA as a QA provider of CPD.


Mandatories Covered

The program covers the mandatory requirement of professional skills and substantive law.


Presenter biography

Linda Kochanski Linda Kochanski LLB, Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS), FDRP Practice Leader, Dispute Resolution, The College of Law

Linda Kochanski has been admitted as a Solicitor in Queensland since 1986, initially specialising in Family and Criminal Law. She gained extensive experience in various areas of law, but discovered a particular interest in family law, and mediation.

Linda subsequently worked for Relationships Australia in various roles including Branch Manager, Coordinator of Mediation, and Senior Consultant in Mediation. She has practised in all forms of relationship mediation. Linda continues to practice mediation and is a member of Bond University's Dispute Resolution Centre and on the Advisory Board of the Australian Mediation Association.

Linda has been a Tutor and Lecturer since 1991 working initially as a tutor with QUT. In 2001, Linda was a founding Lecturer in the Griffith Professional Legal Training Program instructing in Family, Criminal, Property and Estates Legal Practice. She held the positions of On Campus Coordinator PLT programs at both Griffith University and Bond University

Linda has presented at national and international conferences on Mediation and Family Law and has published in these areas as well. Since 2016, she has been an elected Director of the Mediation Standards Board.

Linda is the current Practice Leader at the College of Law for both their Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution Practice and their suite of mediation programs. Linda is also an Adjunct Lecturer for the College for their Applied Law Postgraduate Program, in Family Law.


Filming and Photography

Please be aware that this webinar organised by the College of Law may be recorded for use on our websites, marketing materials and publications. By attending and participating in a College of Law Continuing Professional Development course, you consent to the College of Law photographing or recording and using your image and likeness and/or voice.