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About the course
Become endorsed as a qualified parenting coordinator and enhance your skills in child-focused management and dispute resolution.
This interactive, practical training is designed to equip eligible* family law, mental health and family dispute resolution (FDR) practitioners with the knowledge and skills to practise as parenting coordinators. The training is also highly beneficial for professionals who work in related family and child-focused fields but do not meet the eligibility criteria outlined below to practise as parenting coordinators.
All participants will gain and have the opportunity to practice skills for use in day-to-day work with parents and families. Our highly skilled and experienced trainers include Australian and international professionals with expertise in parenting coordination.
All participants will receive a comprehensive training manual.
This course is an Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) event. OPD is the process through which members improve and broaden their skills, knowledge and expertise, and develop the qualities required for professional practice.
Eligibility to practise as a parenting coordinator
The course is open to anyone wanting to learn about the parenting coordination process.
Please note that to qualify as a parenting coordinator at the end of the course, however, you must meet both of the following criteria.
- You must be a mental health or family law professional (with at least 5 years’ experience), or certified and qualified FDR practitioner in accordance with the Family Law Act 1975.
- You must have training and experience in FDR and/or mediation, and extensive practical professional experience with family cases involving high-conflict co-parenting dynamics.
Individuals who meet these criteria and successfully complete this 4-day course will be offered endorsement as a qualified parenting coordinator and have their name listed on the Pacifica Congress parenting coordinators register.
What is parenting coordination?
Parenting coordination is a child-focused management and dispute resolution process, that is facilitated by a mental health or legal practitioner with training and experience in FDR or mediation. The practitioner assists parents and families in compromised and/or high-conflict situations to create and maintain healthy relationships with their children, where it is safe and reasonable to do so.
The practice of parenting coordination helps practitioners to:
- manage parenting plans and support parents with compliance with court orders
- help parents manage minor disputes related to their children
- enhance their conflict management and communication skills, and make effective decisions in order to effectively assist clients
- take a child-centred approach with a focus on the best interests of children’s
- support family relationships, where appropriate.
During our 4-day intensive course, you'll:
- enhance your conflict-management and communication skills
- learn how to take a child-focused approach to assist separating families
- participate in role-plays to build confidence in your work supported by supervisors and advice by qualified trainers
- be introduced to academic research and recent articles relevant to the field
Following successful completion of the course, you’ll gain the certification and endorsement required to practice as a parenting coordinator, subject to the eligibility outlined above.
Want to find out more about this course?
Join us at 4pm AEDT on Tuesday 26 March for an introductory webinar which will outline the Parenting Coordination 4-day course, including entry requirements and skills gained through undertaking the training. Register now.
Primary presenter - Lilia Szarski
Child and Family Psychologist M.Ed(Psychology), MAPS, FDR Practitioner, PC.
Clinical Educator and Supervisor, Relationships Australia Victoria
Lilia Szarski was a family report writer in the Family Court for nearly 30 years. She provided clinical supervision to a team of professionally trained mediators and psychologists, and was responsible for quality assurance of services and team performance. As a psychologist with expertise in family and child dispute resolution, court-ordered counselling, and child-inclusive practice, Lilia has appeared as an expert witness in many family law cases. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, International Association of Family and Youth Courts, International Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the International Association of Applied Psychologists.
Presenter - Amanda Graham
Amanda Graham is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and the Principal of AjG family law, a boutique firm dedicated to supporting all families through separation.
Amanda Graham commenced legal practice in 2000 and has practised exclusively in family law throughout her career, becoming an Accredited Family Law Specialist in 2007. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and supervises students in the Juris Doctor in the clinical practice programs family law stream. She has supervised student research on Parenting Coordination since 2021, both in relation to the Australian legal landscape and ethical issues arising for Parenting Coordinators. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Law. She is dedicated to supporting all families through separation, and in particular children in her capacity as an Independent Childrens’ Lawyer.