James Cook University is working with Queensland’s Department of Justice and Attorney-General to increase training, work experience and research opportunities in mediation.
Mediation is a voluntary process in which the mediator assists two people in conflict to discuss their concerns and to make informed decisions about how to manage their situation in the future.
“Accredited mediators help people solve disputes without going to court, with the State’s mediators helping more than 160,000 Queenslanders manage their disputes over the past 25 years,” Judith Herrmann, Director of JCU’s Master of Conflict Management and Resolution program, said.
With both JCU and the Department’s Dispute Resolution Branch offering mediation courses, the new partnership will result in training being available in a wider range of locations including Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.
The agreement also allows for credit towards a JCU qualification in Conflict Management and Resolution for those who complete the Dispute Resolution Branch’s Introduction to Mediation Skills and pass the National Mediation Accreditation Assessment.
“Thanks to this partnership, JCU Masters students can apply to gain hands-on experience through work placements with the Dispute Resolution Branch,” Ms Herrmann said.
“Another great outcome of the agreement is that selected Masters students can complete substantive research projects in collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Branch, giving both organisations the benefit of cutting-edge research conducted in northern Queensland.”
For further information please contact Judith Herrmann.