Family Mediation: complementary to the legal process
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Family mediation is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which a neutral and impartial third party intervenes to assist spouses and other cohabiting partners in the negotiation of a mutually acceptable agreement on matters that emerge on separation including the parenting of their children, child support, spousal support, and the division of their property. The process is managed by the mediator but the content is decided by the couple. By this method, it is hoped that couples will be able to explore the issues and concerns they have and to reach their own joint decisions. Mediation also offers couples an opportunity to explore their continuing communication together for the future Family mediators are often members of other professional disciplines. Many are therapists while others are lawyers. When acting as a family mediator, a practitioner is acting neither in the capacity of a lawyer nor as a therapist for the parties or either of them. Mediators do not offer counselling or legal advice. If the participating family members do negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement, they must obtain independent legal advice from their own lawyers before they commit themselves to any final and binding agreement negotiated in mediation.
Who is this course for?
The Family Mediation Program offers a comprehensive curriculum on the theory and practice and the process and skills with which to become a family mediator. It is appropriate for lawyers, therapists… and for anyone interested in this aspect of law, whether for professional reasons or not.
Learning and Teaching
The course combines lecture, interactive teaching models, exercises and role-plays (where applicable), that are specifically designed for family mediators of the future.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.
The assessment for this course is: a written assignment of 2000 words
Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessment that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- J. M. Haynes: The Fundamentals of Family Mediation (SUNY Press, 1994)
- L. Parkinson: Family Mediation: Appropriate Dispute Resolution in a New Family Justice System (Family Law, 2nd edition, 2011)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.