Tell me and
I forget;
Show me and
I will remember;
Involve me and
I will understand.
Confucius

Illustration by Felicita Sala
Thursday Topics for New Practitioners

Thursday Topics is specifically designed for New Practitioners. Experienced Practitioners may like to consider Monday Modules.

New Practitioners include those who

  • are seeking to mediate with flow having perhaps been mediating somewhat mechanistically
  • are clear on what a mediator does and are seeking to refine how a mediator practices
  • are open to a more subtle appreciation of the mediation role rather than assessing their mediations as either ‘on track’ or ‘off track’
  • would like to review stages of the model now having the experience of real participants with real conflict

Read on for
Introduction

 

Click through to 
Finding your way around Thursday Topics
to browse detailed content

 

Click through to 
Session Schedule for Scheduled Groups
for current session times


Thursday Topics is suitable for a broad range of Practitioners who are relatively new to Dispute Resolution including Mediators, FDRPs, Conciliators, Registrars, Conferencing Chairs and other Dispute Resolution Practitioners.

Thursday Topics is an accessible and flexible online series of eight 2 hour Mini Workshop sessionsSelect your package of specific sessions or package up all 8 sessions. Refer to the About Thursday Topics Section for session times and dates.

Join an online Scheduled Group if that suits you or form your online Custom Group of 6 to negotiate scheduling including start times and day-of-the-week for sessions. One-to-one sessions offering the same content as the group sessions are available by arrangement.

Each group session is limited to a very small group of 4 to 6 participants and focuses on a specific stage of the mediation process. Each session commences with identification of the main purpose of the stage under discussion. This is followed by consideration of how that stage is linked to previous and following stages. The third segment of the session develops generic examples of skills, interventions and approaches which are designed to achieve the purpose of the stage effectively. After some tips for tricky situations, you leave each session with a rationale and framework for the stage and with skills to start and end the stage with confidence.

Thursday Topics is delivered by Margaret Halsmith, one of Australia’s prominent Mediators and an experienced, enthusiastic and highly effective educator. You can read about Margaret’s enthusiastic, wise and highly effective approach to PD on the Professional Development home page and about her mediation practice and her DR community roles on the About Margaret page.

You can read recent PD Testimonials here.

Finding your way around Thursday Topics

Thursday Topics is one of the Professional Practitioner PD programs I offer. It is your opportunity to attend to your practice of mediation, one stage at a time. If you are seeking to explore specific aspects of your practice in greater depth, you may find Coaching for Mediator Practice or Coaching for FDR Practice more suitable.

The About page has more about the HDR approach to Professional Development in general.

Mimi & Eunice is written and drawn by Nina Paley
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About Thursday Topics

Thursday Topics group sessions are for groups of 4 to 6 new Practitioners. One-to-one sessions offering the same content as the group sessions are available by arrangement.

Each week the 2 hour Thursday Topics session focuses on one of the following stages

  • 1. Mediator’s opening comments
  • 2. Participants’ opening comments
  • 3. Mediator’s restatement
  • 4. Agenda setting
  • 5. Issue clarification and exploration
  • 6. Option development
  • 7. Decision-making
  • 8. Agreement writing

Session components include, among others

M​ain Purpose

 
  • identifying the core purpose of the stage of the model
  • rationale for the stage
  • framework for the stage

Links to previous and subsequent stages

 
  • entering to the stage
  • exiting from the stage

Generic skills

 
  • developing 3 examples of questions specific to accomplishing the core purpose of the stage
  • developing 3 skills  specific to accomplishing the core purpose of the stage Issues that can arise

Issues

 
  • tips for tricky moments

Participation

You can select from

  • Online groups: national
  • Online one-to-one: national by arrangement
  • Face-to-face groups and one-to-one: Perth by arrangement

Join an online Scheduled Group if that suits you or form your Custom Group of 6 to negotiate scheduling including start times and day-of-the-week for sessions. One-to-one sessions offering the same content as the group sessions are available by arrangement.

Scheduled Groups Session Schedule

Schedule​ Update 1 October 2017

2018 Term 1 Scheduled Groups
Unavailable this Term

 

2018 Term 2 Scheduled Groups
Pending minimum numbers

Online 7:00-9:00pm AEST/4:00-6:00pm AWST

 

Online 6:00-8:00pm AEDT/4:00-6:00pm AWST

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Mediator’s opening comments
Participants’ opening comments
No session
No session
Mediator’s summary
Agenda setting
Issue clarification & exploration
Option development
Decision-making
Agreement writing

Not available this Term
 

 

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Mediator’s opening comments
Participants’ opening comments
Mediator’s summary
Agenda setting
Issue clarification & exploration
Option development
Decision-making
Agreement writing

TBA
 

Custom Groups and One-to-One

Custom Groups of 6 and One-to-One sessions are conducted online. In person sessions may be conducted in Perth by arrangement. Scheduling is as negotiated.

Fee Schedule

Payment is in advance by EFT in accordance with the following Schedule for group sessions.

Fee (including GST) per person - Scheduled Groups

Payment in Advance for

1 Session
2 Sessions
3 Sessions
4 Sessions
5 Sessions
6 Sessions
7 Sessions
8 Sessions

per Session

$110
$110
$110
$110
$110
$110
$110
$110

Total

$110
$220
$330
$440
$550
$660
$770
$880

Custom Groups Fee - negotiable including student rate. Please contact Margaret to discuss.

One-to-one Fee - negotiable. Please contact Margaret to discuss.

Booking

Make your bookings with the HDR Practice Manager at admin@hdr.net.au

Each session has a maximum of 6 participants. Bookings are allocated in the order in which they are received. You may choose to be waitlisted for any fully booked session.

Book your selection of sessions from one to all eight. Form a Custom Group of 6 and negotiate scheduling.

Payment details will be advised to you after you book with admin@hdr.net.au.

Confirmation of your place in a session requires payment at least 1 week in advance of the session. Where a single payment is made for multiple sessions that payment is required at least 1 week in advance of the first session.

Places not confirmed will be offered to those on the waitlist for the session.

Please refer to the Postponement and non-Attendance Section below for information about these matters.

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Your Professional outcomes

Generally speaking, your professional outcomes will include fresh perspectives on professional challenges and a sense of renewal in your practice. Your specific outcomes are likely to include some of those below as well as outcomes particular to your goals. That is, you can expect a unique blend of outcomes.

Per​sonal outcomes: puts ‘the professional into the practitioner’

  • increased professional confidence
  • increased professional satisfaction
  • experience of giving and receiving feedback

Knowledge outcomes: puts ‘the meaning into the model’

  • clarity regarding core purposes of each of the stages
  • review of theories and principles
  • extension of knowledgebase

Practical outcomes: puts ‘the practice into the process’

  • continuity from stage to stage
  • clarity regarding the role of the mediator
  • explanation of purpose from participants’ perspective
  • accomplishment of the purpose through principled process
  • identification of approaches and  interventions
  • a bank of stage-specific questions to ask participants
  • clear criteria for participants’ readiness for the following stage
  • ideas to address tricky issues
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

To maintain national accreditation, NMAS requires that a mediator must undertake CPD of at least 25 hours each two year period that contributes to the knowledge, skills and ethical principles contained in the Approval Standards (refer Part II para 3.5 of the NMAS document)

The hours spent in Thursday Topics contribute to meeting this requirement and have been described as Participating in education or Reflecting on practice.

Family​ Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) Professional Development

Under the FDRP Regulations, accredited FDR practitioners must undertake at least 24 hours of education, training or professional development in FDR in every two year period from the date of accreditation. (refer Section 2 of Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Obligations – Accreditation).

The hours spent in Thursday Topics contribute to meeting this Obligation and would usually be claimed as training, conferences or seminars relevant to the provision of FDR.

Legal Practice Board of WA Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD points for attendance at Thursday Topics can be claimed by submitting an Application for Approval of a Single CPD Activity by a Participant.

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Postponement and non Attendance

If you are unable to attend a session for which you have a confirmed booking, ie for which payment has been made, the following arrangements apply

Postponement 5 or more working days in advance

 

A credit of 100% of the fee for the session toward future sessions

Postponement at least 4 working days in advance

 

A credit of 50% of the fee for the session toward future sessions

Postponement at least 2 working days in advance

 

A credit 25% of the charge for the session towards future sessions

Postponement less than 2 working days in advance or non-attendance without prior advice

 

No credit

Postponement by HDR

 

If unable to reschedule to a mutually convenient alternative day and time a full credit or refund, as appropriate, will be made


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More information

This page provides an overview of Thursday Topics. . If you are seeking to explore specific aspects of your practice in greater depth, you may find Coaching for Mediator Practice or Coaching for FDR Practice more suitable.

Experienced Practitioners may like to consider Monday Modules.

You can read recent Testimonials here.

Online

Online sessions are conducted using Zoom, a well-established and reliable web-based video conferencing service. It is straightforward to use and free.

A Guide on what to expect and pointers to getting started is provided.

Margaret

The About Margaret page has more about my relevant experience, qualifications and accreditations. The About page has more about the HDR approach to Professional Development in general.

I tweet @HalsmithDisRes where you will find my thoughts on what characterises the essence of mediation and on threshold issues of the scope of mediation. My blog is Mediation Musings. It’s where I organise my thoughts on the many fascinating aspects of mediation.

I welcome your email or phone call to clarify any aspect of Thursday Topics.

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Image Credit: Robert Woods