Community Mediators’ Training Course Organised by Dunedin Community Mediation: July 2017

Free community mediation has been available in Dunedin for over two years and the increasing demand for this service has resulted in a need for more trained mediators. To meet this need Dunedin Community Mediation organised a 3 day course to train new mediators. 19 people attended the course at Otago Polytechnic on the 17th, 18th  and 19th  July 2017 facilitated by Tracy Scott, an experienced mediation trainer from Christchurch. Seven new mediators were trained along with twelve community members wanting to learn mediation and conflict resolution skills. Feedback from the course participants was very positive, with some saying it was life-changing and the best training they had ever attended.

Tracy Scott and trainee mediators discuss their training

Dunedin Community Meditation Board member Ruth Chapman said that the course will have increased conflict resolution skills in the work places of those attending, as well as training the extra mediators to work in the community. “Our aim is to promote peaceful and respectful methods of resolving conflict within the Dunedin community. Problems and disagreements are always going to happen in the community between neighbours, clubs, families and other groups. By providing good quality mediation we help people work things out together.” During a community mediation two mediators guide people through the mediation process. They do not make decisions or judgments or give legal advice. They encourage honest respectful conversations which are confidential to those taking part. By talking together in mediation people can work through their problems safely.

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Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills training: Dunedin July 17/18/19 2017

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills training

3 days – July 17, 18, 19th, 2017           Dunedin

For counsellors, educators, social workers, HR staff and anyone interested in developing mediation and conflict resolution skills                                          

Affordable, quality, intensive 20+ hour program that combines experiential and lecture components focusing on practical mediation skills

$270 –  especially priced for the community

Reflective listening skills                          Conflict resolution theory     

Identifying underlying issues                  Interest-based problem solving

Understanding conflict behaviours and Thomas Killman Instrument (TKI) personal conflict assessment tool

Small group exercises          Diversity & conflict

 Coached Role plays by experienced mediators


Trainer: Tracy Scott,  Christchurch Resolve Consultancy and Mediation Services

  • With over 20 years of training experience and hundreds of hours mediation experience both in the USA and New Zealand.
  • Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator/Mentor and Trainer for 6 years
  • Masters in Conflict Resolution/Community Change and Civic Leadership from Antioch University, Ohio.
  • LEADR Accredited Panel Mediator
  • Peace Foundation Cool Schools South Island Consultant


Please indicate your intention to attend by June 16th   or ask questions to Carolyne  at  Maximum 20 places

$270 full tuition fee to be invoiced after June 16th on confirmation of training proceeding.

Download the flyer here 

Family dispute resolution education

Family dispute resolution education


Family mediation is an educational focus again this year.

AMINZ, along with the Resolution Institute and the New Zealand Law Society CLE, has secured funding from the Ministry of Justice to support the coming training events.

The additional funding enables us to offer discounted rates and travel subsidies to providers wishing to participate.

The training starts with an FDR update delivered by webinar on 11am on 11 May.

This session, with Rachel Dewar and Amy Oberkircher will cover the 12-hour model, making the most of separate meetings and agreements — and it allows the opportunity for discussion.

Then international mediation expert David Hoffman will be in New Zealand for seminars in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

The events will consider the latest insights into the voice of the child in family mediation and inter-cultural issues. Both seminars will also include local input.

Half-day forums in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will also look at the voice of the child and inter cultural issues in family mediation. These will be held in the week of 28 August.

A webinar on Maori Mediation will be held on 28 September.

Rounding out the educational offerings early in 2018 will be an intensive 3 days exclusively on working with children.

Put the dates in your diary now:

David Hoffman
The voice of the child in family mediation
20 June, Christchurch; 22 June, Wellington; 4 July, Auckland

Inter cultural issues in family mediation
21 June, Christchurch; 23 June, Wellington; 5 July, Auckland:

FDR Forums
Auckland:  28 August 2pm-5pm
Hamilton:  29 August 9am-12 noon
Wellington: 30 August 2-5pm
Christchurch: 31 August 2-5pm
Dunedin:  1 September 9am-12noon

FDR Update:  11 May, 11am
To register, click HERE
Mediating with Maori families:  28 September, 10-11.30am

Working with Children Intensive
Auckland:  28 February, 1 and 2 March 2018.

To understand how the education works, click HERE.

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