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 –…

Transformative mediation embraces a different set of values from the regular approach to managing disputes

Transformative mediation embraces a different set of values from the facilitative approach, fostering growth and transforming human character, as opposed to the individualistic problem solving approaches enshrined in other models (Ardagh, A 1999). This focus on empowerment and the restoring of each parties sense of their own value and strength, and recognition or the evocation…

Skill-based empowerment, meaning that parties are empowered by improving their own conflict-resolution skills. 

Empowerment in the mediation context is referred to as increasing the skills of both sides to make better decisions for themselves and further, ‘the restoration to individuals of a sense of their own value and strength and their own capacity to handle life’s problems’ (Bush and Folger, 2004; pp 156). Empowerment occurs in transformative mediation when the opportunities arise…