Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Preparation for Mediation: Course by Families Need Fathers

Preparation for Mediation Training Course


This course will provide you with all the information you need to know about mediation services. It is a full 1-day event run by Kirsten Naude, National Director of Services for National Family Mediation, and Jackie Norton, chair of the National Family Mediation Professional Practice Committee.


The course is available FREE to all FNF members, and is £35 for non-members. Non-members can join FNF and attend the event for free.

Course Date and Location:

24th March 2012, 10am – 4pm
NCVO, The National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Regent's Wharf
8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

Course Leaders:

Kirsten Naude

Kirsten is currently the Director of Services at National Family Mediation (NFM) and ran the well received workshop at FNF’s last Volunteer’s Conference. Her role encompasses overseeing business management, development and professional practice in 50 family mediation services delivering in over 200 locations across England and Wales. She has also delivered Judicial Awareness Raising Programmes about the Separated Parents Information Programme (PIP) and Family Mediation to Judges and Cafcass teams across the country. Kirsten regularly deputises for the CEO of NFM at Family Mediation Council meetings, Family Mediation Steering Groups run by the Ministry of Justice, Round Tables with Government Ministers and other high level events. Kirsten is also co-project managing the Kids’ Turn UK Pilot on behalf of NFM with Relate.

Jackie Norton

Jackie Norton is a family mediator, supervisor and trainer based in the north of England. Each week, she helps families negotiate their own agreements. With twelve years experience, she finds this method helps parents feel in control of their own decisions and empowered to help their children through a difficult time. Jackie has been training new mediators for National Family Mediation for the last six years and chairs the NFM Professional Practice Committee. She is also a Professional Practice Consultant to seven different family mediation providers.

Course Outline:

10:00 Introduction

10:05 Aims and objectives

10:15 About National Family Mediation

10:30 Family Policy Landscape (Handout incl.)

- Pre-application protocol

- Legal aid access

- Tips for negotiating the process

10:45 What is Family Mediation? (myths, process etc)

11:00 Costs

11:15 Pros and cons of going to mediation vs. proceeding to court
(Handout incl.)

11:30 TEA

11:45 What to expect in an introductory meeting: Client A
(Roleplay to include member of audience - case scenario)

12:05 What to expect in an introductory meeting: Client B
(Roleplay JN and KN - case scenario)

12:25 Discussion

12:45 LUNCH

13:30 Mediation Session
(Roleplay - continuation with case scenario)

14:30 Discussion

15:00 TEA

15:15 Suitability (Case Study Handouts incl.)
(Group exercise)

15:30 Discussion

15:45 Q&A

16:00 CLOSE

Course registration and further information

If you would like to register for this course or require further information, please email or call 0300 0300 110 (extension number: 102).