Tell m​e and
I forget;
Show me and
I will remember;
Involve me and
I will understand.
Confucius

Illustration by Felicita Sala
Monday Modules for Experienced Practitioners

Monday Modules is specifically designed for Experienced Practitioners. New Practitioners may like to consider Thursday Topics.

Experienced Practitioners include those who are interested in renewal of their practice including by

  • seeking to re-orient their approach to elicit greater effectiveness from participants’ contributions to their mediation
  • forming and exploring hypotheses based on the apparent patterns in their practice
  • hearing the feedback of colleagues to inspire the next phase of development of their practice

Monday Modules is suitable for a broad range of Experienced Practitioners including Mediators, FDRPs, Conciliators, Registrars, Conferencing Chairs and other Dispute Resolution Practitioners.

Monday Modules is an accessible and flexible online series of eight 2 hour Mini Workshop sessions. Each session features a specific mediation stage or stages. Select your package from specific sessions or package up all 8 sessions.Refer to the Session Schedule in the About Monday Modules Section for session times and dates.

Join an online Scheduled Group if that suits you or form your online Custom Group of 6 to negotiate scheduling including start times and day-of-the-week for sessions. One-to-one sessions offering the same content as the group sessions are available by arrangement. In person Custom Group and one-to-one sessions are available by arrangement for Perth based participants..

Each session is limited to a very small group of 4 to 6 participants and commences with consideration of the purposes of the stage of the mediation process that is under discussion. This is followed by a detailed, guided analysis of the stage. The third segment of the session identifies competencies, skills and micro-skills which result from the analysis and which will contribute to achieving the purposes of the stage.

You leave each session well informed, with skills and micro-skills to integrate into your practice as well as with new perspectives on the multidimensional nature of each stage that progressively morph into your practice in the form of additional interventions and skills.

Monday Modules is delivered by Margaret Halsmith, one of Australia’s prominent Mediators and an experienced, enthusiastic and highly effective educator. You can read more about Margaret’s approach to PD on the Professional Development home page and about her mediation practice and her DR community roles on the About Margaret page.

You can read recent PD Testimonials here.


Finding your way around Monday Modules

Monday Modules is one of the Professional Practitioner PD programs I offer. Monday Modules is your opportunity to attend to your practice of mediation, one stage at a time. If you are seeking to explore specific aspects of your practice in greater depth, you may find Seminars for Advanced Practice more suitable.

The About page has more about the HDR approach to Professional Development in general.

Mimi & Eunice is written and drawn by Nina Paley
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About Monday Modules 

Monday Modules group sessions are for face-to-face groups of 4 to 6 experienced Practitioners. One-to-one sessions offering the same content as the group sessions are available by arrangement.

Each week the 2 hour Monday Modules’ session focuses on one of the following stages

  • 1. Mediator’s opening comments
  • 2. Participants’ opening comments
  • 3. Mediator’s restatement
  • 4. Agenda setting
  • 5. Issue clarification and exploration
  • 6. Option development
  • 7. Decision-making
  • 8. Agreement writing

Session components include, among others

​Purpose

 
  • reviewing and reconsidering the multiple purposes of the stage

Analysis

 
  • exploring your current knowledge and understanding of the stage
  • identifying additional dimensions to the stage

Competencies

 
  • identifying your current competencies, skills and microskills specific to accomplishing the purposes of the stage
  • identifying competencies, skills and microskills to expand your versatility for accomplishing the purposes of the stage

Issues

 
  • addressing your practice dilemmas of the stage

Participation

You can select from

  • Online groups: regional and national
  • Online one-to one: regional and national by arrangement
  • In person groups and one-to-one: Perth by arrangement

Join an online Scheduled Group if that suits you or form your Custom Group of 6 to negotiate scheduling including start times and day-of-the-week for sessions. One-to-One sessions offering the same content as the group sessions are available by arrangement

Scheduled Groups Session Schedule

Schedule updated 19 September 2018

2018 Scheduled Group
 

 

2019 Scheduled Group
Pending minimum numbers

Online 7:30-9:30pm AEDT/4:30-6:30pm AWST

 

Online 7:00-9:00pm AEST/4:00-6:00pm AWST

1
2
3
4

5
6
7
8
9

Mediator’s opening comments
Participants' opening comments
Mediator's restatement
Agenda setting
No session
Issue clarification & exploration
Option development
Decision-making
Agreement writing
Optional - First Separate Session (1SS)

22 Oct
29 Oct
5 Nov
12 Nov

19 Nov
26 Nov
3 Dec
10 Dec
17 Dec

TBA

 

1
2
3

4
5
6
7
8
9

Mediator’s opening comments
Participants’ Opening Comments
Mediator’s Summary
No session
Agenda setting
Issue clarification & exploration
Option development
Decision-making
Agreement writing
Optional - First Separate Session (1SS)

11 Feb
18 Feb
25 Feb

4 Mar
11 Mar
18 Mar
25 Mar
1 April
8 Apr

TBA

Custom Groups and One-to-One

Custom Groups of 6 and One-to-One sessions are conducted online. In person sessions may be conducted in Perth by arrangement. Scheduling is as negotiated.

Fee Schedule

Payment is in advance by EFT in accordance with the following.

Scheduled Group Fee (including GST) per person

Payment in Advance in

1 instalment (8 session block)
2 instalments (4 session blocks)
4 instalments (2 session blocks)

per Instalment

$800
$420
$220

Total

$800
$840
$880

Custom Group Fee and One-to-One Fee by negotiation.

Booking

Book with the HDR Practice Manager at admin@hdr.net.au.

Each Group has a maximum of 6 participants. Bookings are allocated in the order in which they are received. You may choose to be waitlisted for any fully booked Group.

Form a Custom Group of 6 and negotiate scheduling.

Payment details will be advised to you after you book with admin@hdr.net.au.

Confirmation of your place requires payment of the instalment at least 1 week in advance of the first session of the block.

Places not confirmed will be offered to those on the waitlist for the Group.

Please refer to Postponement and non-Attendance Section below for information about these matters.

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Your professional outcomes

Generally speaking, your professional outcomes will include fresh perspectives on professional challenges and a sense of renewal in your practice. Your specific outcomes are likely to include some of those below as well as outcomes particular to your goals. That is, you can expect a unique blend of outcomes.

Personal outcomes: puts ‘the professional into the practitioner’

  • increase in depth and breadth of your mediation skills
  • appreciation of dilemmas  as opportunities for  excellence
  • orientation from mediator perspective to participants + mediator perspectives
  • increased clarity and definition of the role of the mediator
  • increased confidence in your clinical creativity
  • increased professional satisfaction

Knowledge outcomes: puts ‘the meaning into the model’

  • framework for approaching the stages of mediation
  • criteria for reflecting on the purpose of each stage
  • criteria for identifying when the purposes have been met
  • interventions tailored to be appropriate to each stage of mediation

Practical outcomes: puts ‘the practice into the process’

  • identifying participants’ readiness for the following stage
  • effectively accomplishing the purposes of each stage
  • identification of competencies and skills of experienced practitioners appropriate to each stage of mediation
  • identification of dilemmas and paradoxes and how to pre-empt them
  • deciding in-the-moment among a number of possible interventions
  • managing awkward moments
  • mediations that flows
  • enhanced clinical decision-making skills
  • greater clinical effectiveness

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

To maintain national accreditation, NMAS requires that a mediator must undertake CPD of at least 25 hours each two year period that contributes to the knowledge, skills and ethical principles contained in the Approval Standards (refer Part II para 3.5 of the NMAS document)

The hours spent in Monday Modules contribute to meeting this requirement and have been described as Participating in education or Reflecting on practice.

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) Professional Development

Under the FDRP Regulations, accredited FDR practitioners must undertake at least 24 hours of education, training or professional development in FDR in every two year period from the date of accreditation (refer Section 2 of Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Obligations – Accreditation).

The hours spent in Monday Modules contribute to meeting this Obligation and would usually be claimed as training, conferences or seminars relevant to the provision of FDR.

Legal Practice Board of WA Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD points for Monday Modules attendance can be claimed by submitting an Application for Approval of a Single CPD Activity by a Participant.

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Postponement and non Attendance

If you are unable to attend a session for which you have a confirmed booking, ie for which payment has been made, the following arrangements apply

Postponement 5 or more working days in advance

 

A credit of 100% of the fee for the session toward future sessions

Postponement at least 4 working days in advance

 

A credit of 50% of the fee for the session toward future sessions

Postponement at least 2 working days in advance

 

A credit 25% of the charge for the session towards future sessions

Postponement less than 2 working days in advance or non-attendance without prior advice

 

No credit

Postponement by HDR

 

If unable to reschedule to a mutually convenient alternative day and time a full credit or refund, as appropriate, will be made

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More information

This page provides an overview of Monday Modules. If you are seeking to explore specific aspects of your practice in greater depth, you may find Seminars for Advanced Practice more suitable.

New Practitioners may like to consider Thursday Topics.

You can read recent Testimonials here.

Online

Online sessions are conducted using Zoom, a well-established and reliable web-based video conferencing service. It is straightforward to use and free.

A Guide on what to expect and pointers to getting started is provided.

Margaret

The About Margaret page has more about my relevant experience, qualifications and accreditations. The About page has more about the HDR approach to Professional Development in general.

I tweet @HalsmithDisRes where you will find my thoughts on what characterises the essence of mediation and on threshold issues of the scope of mediation. My blog is Mediation Musings. It’s where I organise my thoughts on the many fascinating aspects of mediation.

I welcome your email or phone call to clarify any aspect of Monday Modules.

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Image Credit: Robert Woods