NMC-2016-LogoThis Special Issue of the ADRJ (Volume 28 Part 1) features a selection of articles based on papers presented at the National Mediation Conference in September 2016 on the Gold Coast. It is the initiative of the Co-Convenors of the National Mediation Conference Board 2016: Mieke Brandon and Callum Campbell.

The theme of the conference was “Thought, Innovation and Creativity: The Next Decade”. With over 500 delegates from around the world attending the five-day conference, consisting of lectures, workshops and a research day, the conference was the premiere opportunity for mediation practitioners to convene and share ideas, research and best practice models.

Themes covered in this Special Issue are:

  • focusing on workable solutions for the future rather than merely resolving conflict;
  • the importance of adapting mediation training to suit different cultural contexts;
  • the crucial role that good pre-mediation preparation and professional support play in delivering results; and
  • conflict resolution models which can be used when financial or human resources are limited.

The editorial to this Special Issue provides an overview of the conference and the table of contents provides a summary of each article.

  • Solution-focused Family Dispute Resolution (Fredrike P Bannink)
  • The Essential Nature of a Collaborative Practice Group for Successful Collaborative Lawyers (Pauline Collins and Marilyn Scott
  • Whose Role is it to Support the Child’s Right to Culture in Australia? (Bethaina Dababneh)
  • Beyond Resolution – Conceptualising the Shift from Resolution to Defusion in FDR (Andi Doerr)
  • Working with Trans or Gender Diverse, Intersex and/or Non-heterosexual Clients: Advice for Mediators (Samantha Hardy, Olivia Rundle and Damien W Riggs)
  • Co-creating Mediation Models: Adapting Mediation Practices when Working across Cultures (Judith Herrmann and Claire Holland)
  • Before Mediation: Designing Processes for the Next Decade – Matching Process with the Purpose (Jill Howieson and Lisanne Iriks)
  • Voluntas: Volunteer Conflict Management for the Volunteering Sector (Stephen Lancken and Jay Qin)
  • Cutting Edge … Cutting the Cost: The Business Case for Conflict Coaching in a Government Workplace (Noelene Salmon)

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