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Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115)

The Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115) provides a qualification to prepare family dispute resolution practitioners to provide services and interventions for families experiencing high levels of relationship conflict where clients may be involved in the family law system. They may work as independent practitioners or in larger agencies, including government funded bodies.

This course is suitable for mediation and/or dispute resolution practitioners with previous experience in a dispute resolution environment such as Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution or Family Law Mediation. Individuals will have experience in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills.

Dispute resolution in this qualification has a direct link to the provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 and the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRPs) make high level, independent, complex judgements in highly specialised contexts. Some practitioner roles may also involve full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of own work as well as responsibility for broader management functions such as analysis, program planning, budgeting and strategy design.

Practitioners must apply to the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department for registration as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and depending on the applicant, must hold either units of competency or the full qualification for registration.

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Study mode & duration

The standard course duration is 9 months and includes 16 workshops & self-directed study modes.  A mandatory practical placement of a minimum of 50 hours is a significant component of the course.

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The CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution requires 10 units to be completed:

  • 6 core units; plus
  • 4 elective units, consisting of up to 4 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

All of the elective units listed below must be completed, as FMC Training Services is offering a set course program.

Core unit(s)

  • CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
  • CHCDSP001 Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context
  • CHCDSP002 Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution
  • CHCDSP003 Support the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution
  • CHCFAM001 Operate in a family law environment
  • CHCFAM002 Work with a child-focused approach

Elective unit(s)

  • CHCFAM007 Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
  • CHCFAM008 Work within a child inclusive framework
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCFCS001 Facilitate the family counselling process

The course unit selection represents a reduced suite of elective unit options that have been selected and approved for delivery by FMC Training Services in partnership with Chisholm Institute. Students are advised that this does not include the full elective unit suite of options available under the national qualification packaging rules.

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent

or

  • hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

or

  • hold the Mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC)

or

  • can provide documented evidence of previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills.

Further course admission requirements may also apply.

Job roles and pathways

After completing this course, students can pursue a career in a wide variety of occupations, including roles such as a Family and Marriage Counsellor.

Students completing the course may move through a career pathway to a Masters level qualification in Psychology, Social Work or related fields, or other suitable University higher education.

Practitioners must apply to the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) for registration as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and depending on the applicant, must hold either units of competency or the full qualification for registration. Additional application requirements also apply.

The FDRP role is considered to span Counselling and Social Work industry employment classifications. In the counselling area, FDR assists individuals and families to solve social, emotional and financial problems. ABS Job Outlook indicates very strong future employment growth for the next five years.

In the social work area, FDRPs assist clients to understand and resolve problems by providing information, acting as a mediator and referring them to community and self-help agencies. ABS Job Outlook indicates very strong future employment growth for the next five years with above average job openings in the area.

Chisholm/FMC Partnership

The training is provided through Chisholm who is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in partnership with FMC who will deliver the training and assessment. This means that you will be enrolled with Chisholm and receive a Chisholm branded certificate on successful completion of your course. Chisholm is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment in compliance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and for the issuance of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certification documentation.

Name:             Chisholm Institute

RTO Code:     0260

Contact:          03 5671 2323

.                       Enterprise and Partnerships

.                       PO Box 684 Dandenong VIC 3175

For specific locations, visit:  www.chisholm.edu.au/Locations

Register your interest in the next intake

Complete the Application Form to register your interest in this course. No money is required at this time.

For more information contact FMC Training by phoning 1800 639 523 or emailing training@mediation.com.au

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