Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

This qualification relates to dispute resolution practitioners working in agencies or independently to provide dispute resolution services and interventions for families experiencing high levels of relationship conflict and/or where the clients may be involved in the Family Law system.

Dispute resolution in this qualification has a direct link to the provisions of the Family Law Act. Practitioners at this level are making high level, independent, complex judgements in highly specialised contexts. Some practitioner roles may also involve full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of work of self and others functions including, program planning, budget, strategy, design and analysis.


Subjects

PACKAGING RULES

10 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:

6 core units

4 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCDFV811C Respond to domestic and family violence in family work

add topic CHCDISP801B Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context

add topic CHCDISP802B Implement family dispute resolution strategies

add topic CHCDISP803B Facilitate dispute resolution in an impartial manner and adhere to ethical standards

add topic CHCDISP804B Create an environment that supports the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution

add topic CHCFAM505B Operate in a family law environment

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in the community sector need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

Family relationship electives

add topic CHCCHILD403B Promote the safety, well being and welfare of children, young people and their families

add topic CHCCS521B Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

add topic CHCCS601C Work with clients with unique needs

add topic CHCFAM503B Work with a child focused approach

add topic CHCFAM801B Develop an understanding of child inclusive practice

add topic CHCFAM802B Work within a child inclusive framework (Note pre-requisite: add topic CHCFAM801B )

add topic CHCFAM806B Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements

add topic CHCFIN501A Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues

add topic CHCFIN502A Facilitate the financial counselling process

add topic CHCFIN503A Develop and use financial counselling tools and techniques

add topic CHCYTH511B Work effectively with young people and their families

Domestic and family violence electives

add topic CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence

NOTE: add topic CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence, must be completed prior to or in conjunction any of the following listed domestic and family violence units selected as electives.

add topic CHCDFV408C Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence

add topic CHCDFV509D Work with users of violence to effect change

add topic CHCDFV510D Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes

add topic CHCDFV817B Manage domestic and family violence and abuse screening and risk assessment processes

Leadership practitioner electives

add topic CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic CHCORG529B Provide coaching and motivation

add topic CHCORG611C Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace

add topic CHCPOL505B Manage research activities

Diversity and cultural context electives

add topic CHCCD413E Work within specific communities

add topic CHCDFV406C Provide domestic and family violence support in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

add topic CHCDFV407C Provide domestic and family violence support in non-English speaking background communities

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

add topic AHCCCF411A Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity

The following electives are intended for use by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workers currently working in the area of social and emotional well being:

add topic HLTAHW507B Work effectively in social and emotional well being

add topic HLTAHW508B Develop a healing framework for social and emotional well being work

add topic HLTAHW509B Respond to loss, grief and trauma


Pathways...

    Not Applicable


Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CHC83108 Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution a candidate must have:

An undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent

OR

An accredited qualification in conflict management or dispute resolution at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level

OR

Certificate IV in Mediation

OR

Previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision making, and a range of technical and other skills.

Work application requirements

For award of this qualification, candidates must complete workplace application under direct supervision. Based on this workplace application, evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate's ability to apply skills and knowledge as specified in the core units as outlined below:

CHCDFV811C Respond to domestic and family violence in family work

CHCDISP801B Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context

CHCDISP802B Implement family dispute resolution strategies

CHCDISP803B Facilitate dispute resolution in an impartial manner and adhere to ethical standards

CHCDISP804B Create an environment that supports the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution

CHCFAM505B Operate in a family law environment

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Aboriginal family consultant

Family and couples mediator

ADR practitioner

Family law mediator

Barrister mediator

Family relationships mediator

Dispute resolution facilitator

Indigenous family facilitator

Family and child mediator

Manager of an ADR service


Licensing Information

Not Applicable


Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries