My clients tell me that what makes my sessions different to other Mediators and FDRPs is my ability to empathise, understand and listen.
Family Mediation (also referred to as Family Dispute Resolution) is perhaps the best known of the ADR options.
I am a Law Institute of Victoria accredited Mediator pursuant to National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) guidelines and am a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP).
Family Mediation / FDR commences with an intake appointment whereby each party has a separate confidential opportunity with me to explain the background of their situation as well as describe where they would like to be at the end of the process. These types of appointments tend to take between 1.5 and 2 hours’ duration. Sometimes people like to attend for intake with a support person who can help them listen and support them as they explain what has been happening.
The final stage of Family Mediation / FDR is a joint meeting where I work directly with both parties at the same time at the same location. These sessions usually last for 3 hours.
I am also told that I provide a safe and supported space where opportunities for open dialogue and progress can become foundations for the future.
Sometimes, Mediation / FDR does not resolve all the issues that people need. Other times it just seems like Mediation / FDR is not the best option. In these situations a s60I Certificate can be issued.