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AMINZ FAMILY MEDIATION CONFERENCE - AUCKLAND 23RD FEBRUARY 2011

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The Conference gathers together distinguished speakers and practitioners who will present critical and current issues in family mediation and it promises to be a special opportunity for professional development and networking as well. It is appropriate that Principal Family Court Judge, His Honour Peter Boshier launch this conference as he has been at the forefront of developing mediation in the Family Court. The keynote speaker is Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw from Australia who has recently released much anticipated research, commissioned by the Australian Attorney General, on the impact of family violence on dispute resolution and the Courts. The Minister of Justice, the Honorable Simon Power will also be presenting in the final plenary session

 

Please find below a copy of the Programme for the day.

 

For more information and/or to register online please CLICK HERE to visit the AMINZ website.


Time Topic Presenter
8.45-9.15
Registration
 
 
9.00-9.15 Welcome and Introduction

President of AMINZ,
Ann Edge FAMINZ (Med)

9.15-10.00 Launch
Family Mediation - Where to Now?

Principal Family Court
Judge Peter Boshier           

10.00-10.45

Including Children’s Voices in Mediation

 

This presentation will be based on more than a decade of research that Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw and her colleagues in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia, have undertaken with children and parents from separated families and will offer examples of comments made by separated parents and by children in relation to children’s rights to have a say about matters that affect them. She will outline the reasons why, and under what circumstances, the voices of children should be included in family mediation, offer a range of direct and indirect ways that this can happen and explore the implications for mediator education, training and supervision.

Assoc Prof Dale Bagshaw

 

Commentator: David Rimmer

10.45-11.15
Morning Tea
 
 
11.15-12.00

Mediating Relationship Property

 

In the ever more complex world of relationship property what advantages or disadvantages does mediation offer your client ... and you?

Deborah Hollings QC


Tony Lendrum

12.00-1.00

Panel Discussion: Mediating the Care of Children

Final vs Interim Orders - in Who's Interest?

The Mediator Perspective  

The Lawyer for Child Perspective

The Family Court Coordinator Perspective

 

The Impact of Family Violence on Mediation and the Family Court

 

In 2009 Associate Professor Dale Bagshaw and her colleagues were commissioned by the Australian Attorney General to research family violence and the use of family law services. Included in the research objectives were to find the impact of a presence or history of family violence on decisions separating people make when accessing dispute resolution services and Courts and while using dispute resolutions services and courts. Dale will discuss the research findings and how it applies to mediating with families in the New Zealand context.

 

 

David Robinson

Kathryn Lellman

Alison Milner-Croft

 

Assoc. Prof Dale Bagshaw

1.00-2.00
Lunch
 
 
2.00-3.30

Collaborative practice - The Demo

 

From competition to collaboration: Practical tools for positive changes in negotiation behaviour for clients, lawyers and mediators

 

Gaye Greenwood
Moira Green
Antony Mahon
Deborah Sim
 

3.30-4.00
Afternoon Tea
 
 
4.00-4.45

How to Sustain Good Mediation Practice

 

Maintaining energy, dedication and enthusiasm is a key to successful mediation. This is difficult, whether your mediations are few and far between, or so frequent as to become routine. But how can mediators avoid “going off the boil” as a result of having too few or too many cases? This session will provide you with practical answers as to how to stay in form, and thereby optimise the prospects of settlement.

Nigel Dunlop

Commentator:
Deborah Clapshaw

4.45-5.15

 

Closing Plenary Session
 

 
5.30-7.00
Drinks and Canapes
 
 

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