UWA Mediation Clinic

Providing mediation services and training

About us

The UWA Mediation Clinic is dedicated to providing excellence in the practice, research, and teaching of mediation and dispute resolution.

Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, we work with our clients on both individual and team-orientated bases to tailor dispute resolution services to best suit your individual circumstances.

We collaborate with a wide network of national and international specialists, including lawyers, barristers, mediators, and practitioners, as well as researchers from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds, to meet our ultimate aim: to assist the communities in which we live and work to thrive.

How our approach to dispute resolution is different

We collaborate with a team of world-class researchers and practitioners to incorporate theoretically-driven and evidence-based psychological concepts into our skills-base and approach to dispute resolution.

By providing a theory-informed framework to assist mediators to understand what might be motivating the behaviours of people in conflict, we have found that the efficacy of facilitative dispute resolution processes can be enhanced. Specifically, our approach is informed by contemporary mentalizing literature which we have adapted to be user-friendly and directly applicable to mediators from a range of backgrounds and professions.

Facilitative dispute resolution processes offer participants an opportunity to engage in a way that encourages future-focused self-determination and promotes harmony. We believe that the best way to achieve this is to use mentalizing concepts to help participants build a full and flexible understanding of their experiences and those of the other people involved in the situation.

Our services

Training, Workshops, and CPD

We work closely with the UWA Law School to offer internationally recognised courses, including Mediation Accreditation (NMAS), Family Dispute Resolution (FDRP), and a range of continuing professional development opportunities (CPD). These courses are open to staff, alumni, community members, and professionals from a range of disciplines.

We also offer a range of mediation skills and dispute resolution courses that can be tailored to the needs of your organisation or workplace.

Further information and NMAS course overview

NMAS Accreditation/Re-accreditation forms

Upcoming in 2023

National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) courses
NMAS Mediation Model and Coaching Day – Online – March

This course is for accredited mediators who have previously completed a UWA NMAS training course and who, prior to attending the Re-accreditation Day, would like to be refreshed on the facilitative model, have an opportunity to practice their skills, and receive some coaching. This course attracts Legal CPD points. 

Course details 

  • Date: Friday 24 March 2023
  • Time: 7.30am – 3.30pm (Perth AWST)
  • Venue: This course will be delivered online via Zoom conferencing
  • Cost for NMAS Model and Coaching Day only: $440 (Incl. GST)
  • Cost for NMAS Model and Coaching Day and Accreditation/Reaccreditation Day: $750 (Incl. GST) – includes $150 fee to apply for registration with the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years.
  • Facilitator: UWA Mediation Clinic staff
  • Queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Registration

Registration and payment for NMAS Model and Coaching Day only

Registration and payment for NMAS Model and Coaching Day and Accreditation/Reaccreditation Day 

 
 
National Accreditation / Re-accreditation as a Mediator (NMAS) – Online – March

This course is for professionals who have previously completed a UWA NMAS training course and would like to be assessed for accreditation or re-accreditation as a Nationally Accredited Mediator. 

Course details 

  • Date: Saturday 25 March 2023
  • Time: 7.30am – 3.30pm (Perth AWST)
  • Venue: This course will be delivered online via Zoom conferencing
  • Cost: $550 (incl GST) – includes $150 fee to apply for registration with the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years. 
  • Facilitator: UWA Mediation Clinic staff
  • Queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Registration

Registration and payment  
 
 
Accreditation as a National Mediator (NMAS) – Face-to-Face – 6 Day Intensive

This six-day face-to-face version of the NMAS course is for professionals who wish to add mediation to their skill base. As the curriculum complies with the educational requirements of the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), upon completion, participants are eligible for registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator. The course includes core modules, a coaching workshop, and National Accreditation assessment. Modules attract Legal CPD points and Psychologist CPD points. 

Course details 

  • Date: Tuesday 28 February – Saturday 4 March 2023, Saturday 11 March 2023
  • Training times: Tuesday 28 February - Saturday 4 March, 9.00am – 4.30pm
  • Accreditation day: Saturday 18 March, 9.00am–3.00pm 
  • Venue: UWA Law School
  • Cost: 3,300 (incl GST). Discounts are available for bookings of 2 or more. We can also offer payment via instalments. 
  • Facilitator: UWA Mediation Clinic staff 
  • Note: To receive registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years, there is an additional cost of $150, which consists of the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) fee, GST, and administration costs for UWA. See the Accreditation page on the UWA Mediation Clinic website for further details.
  • Queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Registration

Registration and payment
Accreditation as a National Mediator (NMAS) - Face-to-Face - 1 night/week for 10 weeks (July-September)

This 10-week version of the NMAS course is for professionals who wish to add mediation to their skill base. As the curriculum complies with the educational requirements of the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), upon completion, participants are eligible for registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator. The course includes core modules, a coaching workshop, and National Accreditation assessment. Modules attract Legal CPD points and Psychologist CPD points.

Course details 

  • Date: Tuesday 18 July - Saturday 23 September 2023
  • Training dates: Tuesday evenings (6pm - 9pm), beginning 18 July
  • Accreditation day: Saturday 23 September (9am - 2pm)
  • Venue: UWA Law School
  • Cost: $3,300 (incl GST). Discounts are available for bookings of 2 or more. We can also offer payment via instalments. 
  • Facilitator: UWA Mediation Clinic staff
  • Note: To receive registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years, there is an additional cost of $150, which consists of the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) fee, GST, and administration costs for UWA. See the Accreditation page on the UWA Mediation Clinic website for further details.
  • Queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Registration

Registration and payment
Accreditation as a National Mediator (NMAS) – Online – 6 Day Intensive (October)

This six-day online version of the NMAS course is for professionals who wish to add mediation to their skill base. As the curriculum complies with the educational requirements of the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), upon completion, participants are eligible for registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator. The course includes core modules, a coaching workshop, and National Accreditation assessment. Modules attract Legal CPD points and Psychologist CPD points. 

Course details 

  • Training dates: Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 October 2023, Saturday 21 October 2023

  • Training times: 7.00am – 3.00pm (AWST - Perth)

  • Accreditation day: Saturday 21 October, 7.00am – 1.00pm (AWST - Perth)
  • Venue: This course will be delivered online via Zoom conferencing
  • Cost: $2,800 (incl GST). Discounts are available for bookings of 2 or more. We can also offer payment via instalments. 
  • Facilitator: Associate Professor Jill Howieson and Dr Darren Moroney
  • Note: To receive registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years, there is an additional cost of $150, which consists of the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) fee, GST, and administration costs for UWA. See the Accreditation page on the UWA Mediation Clinic website for further details. 
  • Queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Registration

Registration and payment
NMAS Mediation Model and Coaching Day - Online - November

The NMAS Model and Coaching Day is for accredited mediators who have previously completed a UWA NMAS training course and who, prior to attending the Re-accreditation Day, would like to be refreshed on the facilitative model, have an opportunity to practice their skills, and receive some coaching. This course attracts Legal CPD points. 

Course details

  • Date: Friday 17 November 2023
  • Time: 7.30am – 3.30pm (Perth AWST)
  • Venue: This course will be delivered online via Zoom conferencing
  • Facilitator: UWA Mediation Clinic staff
  • Cost for NMAS Model and Coaching Day only: $440 (Incl. GST)
  • Cost for NMAS Model and Coaching Day and Accreditation/Reaccreditation Day: $750 (Incl. GST) – includes $150 fee to apply for registration with the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years.
  • Queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Registration 

Registration and payment for NMAS Model and Coaching Day only
Registration and payment for NMAS Model and Coaching Day and Accreditation/Reaccreditation Day 

 
National Accreditation / Re-accreditation as a Mediator (NMAS) – Online – November

The Accreditation / Re-Accreditation Day is for professionals who have previously completed a UWA NMAS training course and would like to be assessed for accreditation or re-accreditation as a Nationally Accredited Mediator. 

Course details

  • Date: Saturday 18 November 2023
  • Time: 7.30am - 3.30pm (AWST - Perth)
  • Venue: This will be delivered online via Zoom conferencing
  • Facilitator: UWA Mediation Clinic staff
  • Cost: $550 (incl GST) – includes $150 fee to apply for registration with the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years
  • Queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Registration and payment

 

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) courses

We are currently in the process of developing a FDRP training program that will open for registrations in late 2022. Please contact us to express your interest: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Research and Program Evaluation

The UWA Mediation Clinic is premised upon building an evidence-based practice of mediation. Our goal is to improve mediation and dispute resolution practice for the community.

We have collaborated with a number of leading university, government, and private organisations to develop research and evaluation projects with a focus on conflict literacy and dispute resolution processes.

Mediation and Dispute Resolution Services

We work with nationally accredited mediators, and take a co-mediator approach to mediation. This means that two mediators will be working together to assist you.

All of our process begin with an individual, confidential pre-mediation meeting.

What happens in the pre-mediation meeting?

The pre-mediation meeting will be with you (and support people where appropriate), either in person or on a video call. In this meeting, we will talk about what has been happening for you in the situation. We will work out together whether mediation is suitable for you and, if so, what format it might take.

What happens in mediation?

Mediation is essentially a talking process. The mediators will help you to have a constructive conversation with the other person or people involved in the dispute. We have found that when people are able to share their experiences, it leads to a better understanding of the situation and helps them to come up with ways to resolve conflict.

In the mediation process, you make your own decisions about how to move forward. Mediation sessions usually take about 3 hours, and some matters may require more than one session.

The mediators will guide you through the process, which will be fully explained in the pre-mediation meeting.

For UWA staff and students

Universities are unique workplaces. Conflicts can occur between students, staff, supervisors, researchers, professional staff, and academic staff.

UWA is proud to offer all UWA staff and students a free mediation service through the Mediation Clinic. The mediation process is an independent and confidential base from which to promote a healthy University environment.

Workplaces, local government, and community groups

Conflict within the workplace can affect productivity, creativity and morale.

Where possible, we work with people involved in workplace conflict to improve their communication and understanding. This can help to resolve disputes and reduce the prospect for future conflict.

The UWA Mediation Clinic can discuss with you whether we might be able to work with your organisation in a safe and confidential environment.

This is usually a for-fee service.

For Children’s court referrals and VROs

The UWA Mediation Clinic prides itself on its evidence-based practice. Our services for young people and their families encourages perspective taking between all of the people involved.

We work closely and collaboratively with those impacted to find a way forward that aims to minimise future conflict.

This is a free service.

If you have been referred by the Children's Court

The Court will send your contact details to us and we will get in touch with you, usually within 1-2 weeks, to organise a day and time to meet for a confidential pre-mediation meeting.

What happens in the pre-mediation meeting?

The pre-mediation meeting will be with you and your parent/guardian, or you on your own, either in person or on a video call (eg. Facetime, Zoom, Skype). In this meeting, we will talk about what has been happening for you in the situation. We will work out together whether mediation is suitable for you and, if so, what format it might take.

What happens in mediation?

Mediation is essentially a talking process. The mediators will help you to have a conversation with the other person or people involved in the VRO. We have found that when people are able to share their experiences, it leads to a better understanding of the situation and helps them to come up with ways to resolve conflict.

In the mediation process, you make your own decisions about how to move forward.

The mediation usually takes about 3 hours, and the mediators will guide you through the process, which we will fully explain in the pre-mediation meeting.

National Mediation Accreditation/Re-accreditation

Application for National Mediation Accreditation (NMAS)

Step 1. Complete a Mediation Accreditation Training Course, including Skills Assessment and Reflective Component.

Step 2. Download and complete the Application for Accreditation form.

Step 3. Payment.

  • To receive registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years, there is a cost of $150, which consists of the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) fee, GST, and administration costs for UWA.
  • Once your application has been approved, you will be sent the payment details.

Application for National Mediation (NMAS) Re-accreditation

Step 1. Meet the requirements for re-accreditation.

  • Refer to PDF in step 2.

Step 2. Download and complete the Application for Re-accreditation form.

Step 3. Payment.

  • To receive registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years, there is a cost of $150, which consists of the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) fee, GST, and administration costs for UWA.
  • Once your application has been approved, you will be sent the payment details.

Further Information

  • UWA is a Registered Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB).
  • Assessments at UWA follow the UWA Assessment Policy [PDF 430.0 KB] 

Mediator Standards Board

Our Team

We work with nationally accredited mediators from a diverse range of backgrounds.
A/Professor Jill Howieson

Jill Howieson, PhD (Law), LLB (Hons), BA (Hons) (Psych), BA (English) is an Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of Western Australia. Jill is the Director of the UWA Mediation Clinic and is the coordinator of the Negotiation and Mediation, and Dispute Resolution courses.

Jill researches, practises and teaches in these areas, and is the co-author and author of numerous international and national dispute resolution, and negotiation and mediation publications.

Professor Jill Howieson

Dr Darren Moroney

Darren is a registered psychologist and nationally accredited mediator. Currently based in UWA’s Mediation Clinic, Darren conducts mediations and training courses. He is also undertaking research and evaluation projects with the aim of contributing to the evidence base for the field. As a practitioner, Darren has worked with a variety of clients across the lifespan utilising a mentalizing therapeutic framework.

As an academic, Darren has taught and co-ordinated units at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level within the Schools of Psychology and Public Health at Curtin University. He has also supervised numerous Masters-level Dissertations.

Dr Darren Moroney

Dr Vincent Mancini

Vincent is a registered psychologist and nationally accredited mediator. As a Senior Research Fellow based within the UWA Law School, he actively contributes to the research objectives of the UWA Mediation Clinic, which are to design and develop strategies to improve the effectiveness of mediation.

Vincent possesses extensive expertise in research design, methodology, and biostatistics. His primary research interest is concerned with the impact of family functioning on the health and wellbeing of young children. He is also employed as a Senior Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute and Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Curtin University Medical School.

Dr Vincent Mancini

Emmelie Sparkes

Emmelie is a PhD student with a particular interest in clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and working with children. Over the course of her working career she has gained experience in a variety of different support-focussed roles.

Emmelie is a nationally accredited mediator and a provisional psychologist.

Emmelie Sparkes

Contact the UWA Mediation Clinic

Our collaborators 

 National Mediator Accreditation System Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators  Children's Court of Western Australia
National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)

Children’s Court of Western Australia 

 

Supporters

We are proudly supported by the UWA Alumni Fund.