Contacting the present moment and establishing self-as-process skills

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help the parties learn, change and develop and can transform individuals and relationships. The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life (Harris, R. 2006, pp.1). ACT does this by teaching mindfulness techniques which helps clients deal with painful thoughts and feelings…

The therapeutic map used in Impact Therapy

The RCFFC therapeutic map (Rapport, Contract, Focus, Funnel and Close) used in Impact Therapy is closely related the problem-solving model used in facilitative mediation with the main difference being that the Facilitative or Problem-solving model is primarily focused on solving a problem by obtaining a settlement. The process is designed to assist the parties to…

Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Family Breakdown and the Protection and Custody of Children

Divorce has become increasing common and many dispute resolution practitioners (such as lawyers, mediators, psychologists, counsellors, family therapists, child and relationship specialists, communication specialists and coaches) become involved with couples who are, or are considering, separation or divorce. As many of these human disputes deal with emotive issues surrounding family breakdown and the protection and…

The Role of the Mediator: To support change in the context of the presenting relationship, recognising that growth is possible, driven from empowerment and recognition

Transformative mediation is a proactive facilitative process where the mediators’ orientation is one in which conflict is viewed as an opportunity for individuals to change their interactions with each other and therefore bringing about conflict transformation. The transformative mediator helps create an environment where parties move from being uncertain and hostile to becoming clearer and…

Mediations greatest value lies in its potential not only to find solutions to people’s problems but to change people themselves for the better, in the very midst of conflict

In Family Dispute matters where the parties may have to continue to communicate for years in relation to the ongoing concern such as bringing up children, then this potential to change can have lasting and transformative effects. Bush and Folger propose that, ‘mediations greatest value lies in its potential not only to find solutions to…

Impact Therapy speeds up the process by introducing multisensory, motivational, and marketing and maps to mediation, introducing creative techniques, that are action and insight oriented

Impact Therapy is a transformative approach that can be incorporated into mediation, offering an action and insight orientation and a departure from the traditional facilitative model. Developed by Ed Jacobs and Christine Schimmel, Impact Therapy is an active, multisensory, concrete, theory driven approach that recognises that change comes from not only verbal, but also visual…

Impact Therapy offers the mediator the potential to effect much deeper changes in people and their interpersonal relationships, to improve outcomes for people

Impact Therapy is a transformative approach that can be incorporated mediation, offering an action and insight orientation and a departure from the traditional facilitative model. Developed by Ed Jacobs and Christine Schimmel, Impact Therapy is an active, multisensory, concrete, theory driven approach that recognises that change comes from not only verbal, but also visual and…

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help the parties learn, change and develop… and considering the best interests of children

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is about acceptance and change at the same time (Eifert & Forsyth, 2005), and is a transformative approach that can be incorporated into family counselling and Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) practice. Offering an action and insight orientated approach to problem solving – ACT is a departure from the facilitative process…

Impact Therapy provides the mediator with ways to frame the interaction with creative techniques, that are action and insight oriented 

Adapted for use in mediation and dispute resolution, Impact Therapy provides the mediator with ways to frame the facilitation and to encourage the parties to be active, thinking, seeing and experiencing during each session, speeding up the process by introducing multisensory, motivational, and marketing and maps to the process. Developed by Ed Jacobs and Christine…

The fallout of family breakdown and the protection and custody of children is a significant challenge for our society: Assisting Clients to Find Real and Sustainable Solutions

Marriages are the most important voluntary adult relationship most humans enter into, yet in Australia around 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce, upward of 46 thousand per year (McCrindle 2015, ABS Marriages and Divorces, 2014). And for those that seek successful marriage and a fulfilling family life to raise healthy and happy children –…