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Nationally accredited mediator training for Wills and Estates practitioners

Course ID CN211102_PSK1

  • Online
  • 28
  • Foundation

Due to the COVID-19 situation this program will be conducted entirely online.

If you practise in Wills and Estates, it is invaluable to understand the facilitative mediation process. The College of Law is offering a dedicated, four-day practical workshop focused on Wills & Estates Practice and led by practitioners in the field.

The program provides real world scenarios based on common issues dealt with by Wills & Estate practitioners, allowing you to practice the skills required to effectively mediate disputes in this practice area. Graduates of this program will be eligible to enrol in the NMAS assessment program.

Our faculty of trainers and coaches include the most highly regarded mediation professionals in Australia and Asia. The course will be facilitated by Linda Kochanski and Valerie Norton.  Both practitioners have experience as Wills and Estates mediators.

The Nationally Accredited Mediator Training Program can be completed on its own, or in conjunction with The College of Law’s National Mediation Assessment. Both the training program and the assessment must be successfully completed for attendees to become a Nationally Accredited Mediator, under NMAS.

The College of Law is a registered training provider of mediation training programs, compliant with the current National Mediator Accreditation Scheme (NMAS).

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

Practitioners holding WA practicing certificates are not eligible to earn CPD points for this course.


Full Price $2690.00

Alumni/Member Price $2421.00


Start date:

03 November 2021

End date:

06 November 2021


9am AEDT - 4.45pm AEDT


The Nationally Accredited Mediator Training Program is comprised of four days of an intensive workshop conducted via video conferencing and preparatory reading material. In the workshop, you will build on the preparatory material, immediately develop mediation skills through role-play and practice, under the supervision and guidance of accredited mediation professionals.

Program outline:

Day one: Introduction to mediation, breakdown of mediation models and theory

Day two: Morning of mediation review, Q&A, followed by full day of mediation role-plays

Day three: Morning of meditation theory review, Q&A, followed by full day of mediation role-plays

Day four: Morning of mediation review, Q&A, followed by full day of mediation role-play, feedback, and where to from here?

Participants seeking formal Nationally Accredited Mediator status, will also need to complete the National Mediation Assessment. For further information on how to do this, please contact Client Services on 02 9965 7111, cpd@collaw.edu.au


Designed for

Wills and Estates practitioners who wish to add mediation to their professional skill set.

Those involved in advising clients, managing staff, facilitating planning and decision-making or in handling disputes in the Wills and Estates practice area.



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

Professional Skills


Presenter biography

Linda Kochanski, LLB, Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS), FDRP

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.

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. In 2004 she was appointed as On Campus Program Coordinator at Griffith. Linda has been teaching in the Bond University PLT program since 2009.

Linda has presented at national and international conferences on Mediation and Family Law and has published in these areas as well.

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.

Valerie Norton, B.A., B. Psych (Hons), Grad Dip. Family Dispute Resolution, Child Inclusive Practitioner, FDRP, NMAS

Valerie has a BA (Sociology), 1st class Honours in Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution and Certificate in Child Inclusive Practice. She is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and Nationally Accredited by the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Combining her business experience with study in psychology and a desire to help people in crisis, had led Valerie to work as a mediator, Collaborative coach and communication trainer in situations where having a crucial but difficult conversation and getting to a timely and well thought out resolution is critical to moving on with your life. Valerie is passionate about resolving conflict in a calm, professional and caring manner and avoiding the horrors of extended litigation.

Currently Valerie works as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) Collaborative Coach, Child Inclusive Practitioner and as a coach and assessor at the College of Law and Relationships Australia in their FDR and NMAS courses.

Valerie sits on the board of Collaborative Practice (NSW) Inc., and is a member of CSCF (Central Sydney Collaborative Forum), The Resolution Institute (LEADR and IAMA), ISDR (Institute of specialist Dispute Management), AMA (Australian Mediation Association), AACP (Australian Academy of Collaborative Professionals) and IACP (International Academy of collaborative Professionals)

Prior to studying psychology, Valerie spent most of her twenties and thirties overseas living in London and Asia, where she worked for the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, forming business alliances and mediating international business arrangements between chamber members during the 1990’s.