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 2022

National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) courses
Accreditation as a National Mediator (NMAS) - 1 Night/Week for 10 Weeks Version (Sept - Nov 2022)

13 Sept - 19 Nov, 2022

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 an assessment workshop

Modules attract Legal CPD points and Psychologist CPD points

The course will be led by the UWA Mediation Clinic staff

Training dates: Tuesday evenings (6pm - 9pm), beginning Tuesday 13 September

Accreditation day: Saturday 19 November (9am - 2pm)

Venue: TheUniversity of Western Australia, Law School, Moot Court (G.06)

Cost: $3,300 (incl GST)

Discounts are available for bookings of 2 or more

We can also offer payment via instalments

For more information, please email mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Registration & Payment 

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.

Accreditation as a National Mediator (NMAS) - 6 Day Online Intensive Version (Oct 2022) - SOLD OUT

 SOLD OUT

12-14 & 17-19 Oct, 2022

This 6-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 an assessment workshop

Modules attract Legal CPD points and Psychologist CPD points

The course will be led by A/Prof Jill Howieson and Dr Darren Moroney

Training Dates: Wed 12 - Fri 14 & Mon 17 - Wed 19 Oct. Includes a Coaching Workshop and an Accreditation Roleplay

Training Times: 7.30am - 4pm (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

For more information, please email mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

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

NMAS Bridging Day - Nov 2022

8 Nov, 2022

The Bridging Day is for:

  1. Nationally Accredited Mediators (NMAS) who either completed their training at UWA more than 6 years ago, or with a training provider other than UWA, and would like to:
    a) join a UWA NMAS Accreditation/Re-accreditation Day; or
    b) be eligible for entry into a UWA FDRP course (please contact us prior to enrolling); or
  2. Experienced FDRPs who would like to join a UWA NMAS Accreditation/Re-accreditation Day; or 
  3. Legal practitioners interested in building innovative mentalising-based interventions into their approach to dispute resolution. 

This course attracts Legal CPD points.

The day will be led by UWA Mediation Clinic Staff.

Date: Tuesday 8 November 2022 

Time: 7.30am – 3.30pm (Perth AWST)

Cost for Bridging Day only: $550 (Incl. GST)

Cost for Bridging Day and NMAS Accreditation/Reaccreditation Day:
$750 (Incl. GST) - Includes fee for registration with the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years. 

Venue: This course will be delivered online via Zoom conferencing

Registration and payment for Bridging Day only 

Registration and payment for Bridging Day and Accreditation Day  

Please email us if you have any queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

Refresher & Roleplay Day for Accreditation/Re-Accreditation as a National Mediator (NMAS) - Nov 2022

 9 Nov, 2022

This refresher & roleplay day is for professionals who have previously completed a NMAS training course and would like to be eligible for accreditation or re-accreditation as a Nationally Accredited Mediator

The day will be led by A/Prof Jill Howieson and Dr Darren Moroney

Date: Wednesday 9 Nov

Time: 7.30am - 3.30pm (AWST - Perth)

Venue: This will be delivered online via Zoom conferencing

Cost: $550 (incl GST) – Includes fee for registration with the Mediator Standards Board (MSB) as a Nationally Accredited Mediator for two years.

Registration & Payment

Please email us if you have any queries: mediation-clinic@uwa.edu.au

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.