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How to prepare for your mediation intake efficiently

Course ID WA211007_PSK1

  • Webinar
  • 3.5
  • All

Any form of mediation requires the mediator to conduct an intake, i.e.,  a pre-mediation assessment to determine if the issues and parties are suited for mediation. Intake, however, can be much more than a mere pre-mediation assessment when used well. It can be a process for resolving disputes between the parties or, at the very least, a tool for coaching parties on how to resolve the matters in dispute between them. 

While intake is a part of the mediation process, conducting it effectively may necessitate a skill set that is considerably different from those required in mediation. We invite you to join Linda Kochanski, (Nationally Accredited Mediator and Practice Leader, Dispute Resolution, The College of Law ) in our half-day live and practical webinar where you will:

  • Identify the requirements of intake according to the NMAS
  • Understand the structure and process around intake
  • Gain insights into the headings and questions that underpin an intake
  • Learn how to develop a practical document that will assist you in practice.
  • Have the opportunity to test ideas through a series of interactive discussions and scenarios.

At the end of this live webinar, you may claim 3 CPD points. 
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The time listed for this course is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). Please note any time differences if you are registering from Qld, WA, SA, NT, or outside Australia. 

Practitioners holding WA practising certificates are eligible to earn CPD points for this course. For instructions to earn CPD points, please click here


Full Price $297.00


Start date:

19 October 2021

End date:

19 October 2021


1.30pm AEDT - 5.00pm


1.30 pm: Login and welcome Presented by: Linda Kochanski, Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS), FDRP, Practice Leader, Dispute Resolution, The College of Law


1.35 pm: Introduction and theory
  • Intake process and purpose
  • NMAS requirements
  • Structure and documentation


3.05 pm: Stretch break


3.20 pm: Exercises and debrief
  • Complexities and considerations for intake
  • Intake exercise in small groups
  • Large group debrief

    5.00 pm: Close


    Designed for

    All mediators and practitioners who are interested in moving into the mediation dispute resolution space.

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



    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 you hold a practising certificate in a state or territory other than Western Australia and 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 hold a Western Australian practising certificate, please refer to the course description above as to whether you are eligible to earn CPD points for this activity.


    Mandatories Covered

    The College of Law recommends the following allocation of CPD units in the compulsory fields for this course:

    • 3 points under Professional Skills


    Presenter biography

    Linda KochanskiLinda 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 also published in these areas. 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.