Mediation skills update for mediators and lawyers

Course ID WA210203_PSK1

  • Webinar
  • 3.5
  • All

Whether you are an accredited mediator or a lawyer in private practice or both, the common goal is to find acceptable and fair solutions to parties’ difficult problems.  Given that the majority of civil disputes are settled before final hearing and involve at least one attempt at dispute resolution, commonly mediation or conciliation, it is vital for all practitioners to have at their disposal the facilitative skills necessary to navigate the mediation process effectively and find the most efficient pathway to a resolution that parties can live with.

This skills-based workshop is ideal for:

  • accredited mediators and family dispute resolution practitioners looking to refresh and refine their skills;
  • lawyers in private practice looking to get better outcomes from the alternative dispute resolution process; and
  • lawyers interested in learning more about becoming an accredited mediators. 

You can claim 3 CPD points in the professional skills category for attending this course.

Feedback from past attendees: 

  • “Very informative for my first time.”
  • “Linda is a champion. Love her. All presenting and knowledge. Great refresher.”
  • “Linda is a wonderful teacher. She presents mediation with authority.”

Please note: This workshop is not accredited mediator training and cannot be counted towards such training. You can register for one of our upcoming accredited mediation training 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


1.30pm AEDT - 5.00pm

About This Course


1.30pm: Login and welcome


1.35pm: Mediation theory refresher
  • Overview of the models
  • How mediation works within dispute resolution
  • Understanding the mediator’s role


2.05pm: Mediation skills – the facilitative approach
  • Preparation and guiding parties and clients through the dispute resolution process
  • Working effectively with parties and clients in dispute resolution
  • Understanding the competing mindsets and psychology
  • Negotiating effectively and working towards outcomes


3.05pm: Stretch break


3.15pm: Practical exercises
  • Skill building exercises
  • Role play scenarios


4.15pm: Stretch break


4.25pm: Debriefing and discussion


5.00pm: Close


Designed for

This short course is ideal for solicitors in general practice, civil litigation lawyers, family lawyers, commercial and property lawyers, accredited mediators and family dispute resolution practitioners.

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.