Child-Inclusive and Child-Focused Mediation

COMING IN 2024

Child Focused and Child Inclusive Mediation (Child Expert Only) – COMING IN 2024!!!

What’s child focused and child inclusive mediation?

Child focused mediation seeks to encourage the parties to look beyond their disputes and consider how the agreements benefit the children. Often the mediator will educate the parents to better understand how the dispute and separation impacts their children, both in the long and short term. 

The child inclusive mediation takes this a step further by arranging for the children to have an interview with a qualified child consultant.  Child Inclusive Mediation & Counselling (CIMC) is an evidence based intervention with a qualified Child Consultant, for separated parents in dispute, designed to support and realign co-parenting, by focusing on the experiences of their children.

CIM:

    • Takes into consideration the interests, views, needs and concerns of the child
    • Helps parents get a deep understanding of the child’s experience of the conflict
    • Supports and enables the child’s adjustment to the separation journey
    • Gives the child a voice in the mediation process between parents
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UMC Child Expert – Child Inclusive Medication Package Includes:

    • Interviewing parents (1hour sessions with each parent, issue specific/no partners included/face to face/ or via telephone and video), these interviews will include an attachment style interview and a parenting role interview which will inform our assessment.
    • Interviewing children in person (up to 2 children, for up to an 1hr per child);
    • Reviewing material;
    • Completing a written ‘Child Informed Outcome Report’ (CIOR), including analysis and recommendations, within a guaranteed timeframe of four weeks or prior to an agreed mediation date.
    • Providing Feedback session to parents individually and together (approx.1.5hrs in total)
    • Attending mediation at the request of the parties.
Fee: $270/hr per parent, plus GST.
Based on two children, a child-inclusive mediation will require an average of 8-10 hours.
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UMC Child Expert – Child Focused Mediation Package Includes:

    • Interviewing parents (1hour sessions with each parent, issue specific/no partners included/face to face/ or via telephone and video), these interviews will include an attachment style interview and a parenting role interview which will inform our assessment. 
    • Reviewing material;
    • Completing a written ‘Child- Focused Outcome Report’ (CIOR), including analysis and recommendations, within a guaranteed timeframe of four weeks or prior to an agreed mediation date.
    • Providing Feedback session to parents individually and together (approx.1.5hrs in total)
    • Attending mediation at the request of the parties.
Fee: $270/hr per parent, plus GST. 
Based on two parents, a child-focused mediation will require an average of 6 hours. 

The UMC Difference

Additionally, unlike other services, the UMC Chid Inclusive Mediation package includes the use of Attachment Style Interviews and Parenting Role Interviews with parents by an accredited assessor. Additionally, we provide the option to engage in additional parent sessions, prior to mediation, which will explore psycho-education on brain based (neuro-biological) parenting, and the ‘Our Family In Two Homes Workbook’, a specialist tool used by a select group of mediators globally, committed to assisting parents to better prepare for mediation resulting in better outcomes.
This is our UMC point of difference.

What is the Attachment Style Interview/Parenting Role Interview?

The ASI was developed over twenty years ago by Professor Antonia Bifulco and her team at Middlesex University’s Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) and has been extensively evaluated and validated. The ASI is widely used in the UK and Ireland and has been adapted for use in Japan, Malaysia, Australia, and several European countries.

The ASI is used in both research and practice and is of particular value in supporting work in adoption, fostering, restoration work, and child protection services to help with the following:

    1. As a means of predicting parents’ and carers’ support requirements in relation to anticipated needs over the course of crises that may arise with any of their children.
    2. To aid understanding of parents/caregivers’ current supportive network, quality of partner relationship, other close relationships, and relating ability to help assess resilience and ability to provide a stable family context for the child.
    3. To provide an objective, evidence-based assessment tool that has gone through careful checks to show its use is consistent and reliable. This means the scores do not depend on the opinion of the professional undertaking the interview but on a series of rules and rating procedures, all outlined in a training manual and verified in research contexts.
    4. To measure adult attachment style in relation to a person’s ability to access and utilise social supports.
    5. To provide a categorisation of attachment style for individuals, as well as assessing their specific support context and quality of close relationships.
The The Parental Role Interview is an assessment tool now being used in the child protection and human services sector to look at characteristics of parents and carers (current or prospective) to assist with assessing risks and resiliencies in relation to family life and parenting.

Originally used in research to assess vulnerability and resilience in parents, it is now being introduced for use with carers (current or prospective) to provide a more standardized tool for assessment in a service setting.

The Parenting Role Interview (PRI) covers the interviewees’ view of their parenting role and provides indicators about likely objective parenting competence based on the interviewer’s assessment of parents’ report of their behaviours and attitudes. However, it should be noted that the PRI does not explore the child’s experience of parenting.

Family Dispute Resolution

Child-Inclusive or Child-Focused FDR

Unique Minds Consultancy have partnered with Fran Stowers from Workhorse Advisory to provide a full service, child inclusive process , which includes a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and Child Expert/Consultant.

Family Dispute Resolution – Workhorse Advisory

Child-Focused FDR:

  • 2-hour Parent Intake session with Fran Stowers, Registered FDRP and a Child Consultant for each parent
  • 5 hours of Family Dispute Resolution including both the FDRP and Child Consultant for the duration 
  • Child Consultant and FDRP follow up
  • Drafting of the parenting agreement by the FDRP
  • If required, the issue of a s.60I Certificate and Genuine Steps Certificate 

Additionally, unlike other services, our Inclusive package includes the Our Family In Two Homes Workbook, a specialist tool used by a select group of practitioners globally, committed to assisting parents to better prepare for dispute resolution, resulting in better outcomes. We will also undertake an attachment and parenting role assessment to inform to inform the process and feedback provided. 

Child-Inclusive FDR:

  • 2-hour Parent Intake session with Fran Stowers, Registered FDRP and a Child Consultant for each parent
  • Interviews with the Child Consultant for children aged 4 years or over
  • 5 hours of Family Dispute Resolution including both the FDRP and Child Consultant for the duration 
  • Child Consultant and FDRP follow up
  • Drafting of the parenting agreement by the FDRP
  • If required, the issue of a s.60I Certificate and Genuine Steps Certificate 

Additionally, unlike other services, Inclusive package includes the Our Family In Two Homes Workbook, a specialist tool used by a select group of mediators globally, committed to assisting parents to better prepare for dispute resolution, resulting in better outcomes. We will also undertake an attachment and parenting role assessment to inform to inform the process and feedback provided. 

FEE: Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner – $3000 | Intake and 60i Certificate Only – $600 per parent 
Discounts available for pension and concession card holders

Consistent, Integrated Assessments, Services & Resources

Our main focus is to provide professionals and families with the tools to facilitate change in a safe and trauma-qualified way.

Assessments

Unique Minds conducts comprehensive assessments which combine a broad scope of validated therapeutic & assessment tools to provide detailed reports.

Therapeutic Interventions

Join Lizy and Archie for Therapy Dog assisted attachment based Play Therapy, Counselling Narrative Therapy, Story Book Work, Parental Education and counselling support.

Training & Consultancy

A range of evidence-based, multimodal social & family services to support individuals and families who have experienced trauma.