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Event Details - Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115)

Title: Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115)
Type of Activity: Relevant Course Work
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRPs) support families to resolve disputes, reduce conflict, make decisions regarding parenting or financial arrangements following separation. Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), colloquially known as family mediation, is a specific process in which the current needs and issues are assessed and a model of intervention is delivered to support the family, including any children involved.

Our Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115) equips participants with the skills and knowledge required to become an FDRP. Based on the most current theory and practice, this course enables students to develop competencies to practice under the current Family Law Act (1975) as FDRPs in organisations or private practice.

Graduates of the course can choose to work primarily as FDRPs, or to use their skills and accreditation in addition to their existing qualifications, for example a lawyer who practices in family law, or a counsellor who works with separating families can add the ability to work as an FDRP to their existing skillset.

Course / Workshop Outline:

The course runs for one year over two semesters.

Semester One: Structured full-day seminars, held once a week over 15 weeks.

Semester Two:

·         Work placement – Minimum 50 hours work placement

·         Five placement seminars, held monthly.

Units of Competency

  •  CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
  • CHCDFV013 Manage domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes
  • CHCFAM001 Operate in a family law environment
  • CHCFAM002 Work with a child-focused approach
  • CHCFAM007 Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
  • 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
  • CHCPRP006 Lead own professional development.
OPD points: 56
Course / Workshop content:

The course content covers:

  • Family Law System
  • FDR process and skills
  • Family Violence in FDR
  • Children’s Matters in FDR
  • Financial Matters in FDR
  • Inclusive FDR Practice
  • Ethical FDR Practice

Both semesters include theory, practice (either simulated or in the workplace), reflection and collaboration with other students.

Start/End Date: 06/03/2019 to 05/12/2019
Time: 09:30:00 - 15:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Relationships Australia Victoria
Contact Name: Maree Nugent
Contact Phone: 03 8573 2222
Contact Email:

The Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution is delivered by a team of highly qualified FDRPs with extensive and ongoing experience working as FDRPs and with families post-separation. Trainers have current training and assessment qualifications and experience.

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is a leading training organisation with national and international expertise and 70 years’ experience in relationships counselling, conflict resolution, family dispute resolution (FDR), family relationships, couple therapy and parenting education. RAV’s Registered Training Organisation provides quality higher education and vocational training built on a framework of competency-based workplace training and assessment, focusing on the knowledge and skills required for effective practice.

Address: 1183 Toorak Road
Address 2:
Suburb: Camberwell
State: VIC
Postcode: 3124
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? No
If yes, what meals?
Registration URL:
Cost ($): 12,000
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

You can register your interest in this course online via

A RAV RTO staff member will contact you with further information about enrolment.

All applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

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