• Basic Mediation Workshop


This is a course for beginner mediators. The Basic Mediation Workshop is a professional development program providing mediators with the knowledge and skills to render mediation services in line with the Children’s Act. This course includes a comprehensive manual with resource sheets and examples of completed agreements. Participants step through the Basic Mediation Process with the use of mediation theory, case studies and role plays.


This workshop is presented by Dr Ronel Duchen and Irma Schutte.

Dr Ronel Duchen has been practising as a Counselling psychologist since July 1994. She holds the following degrees from RAU: BSc (Mathematical Sciences), National Higher Education Diploma, BSc (Hon), MA (Psychology) (cum laude) and a D.Litt. et Phil.
Her practice consist of forensic work and includes psychological assessments and testifying in civil and criminal matters. She has testified as an expert witness in the High, Regional and Magistrate Courts, as well as the CCMA. The focus of her work is mediation and the drafting of Parenting Plans.
Dr Duchen serves on the panel of experts working with the Office of the Family Advocate. She is a trained mediator and provides continuous professional development training and supervision. Dr Duchen developed the Familyzone Grid System.

Irma Schutte is a senior social worker with twenty-five years ‘experience in the field of child and family care. She obtained the degree BA (SW) in 1987 and her MA (SW) cum Laude in 1995. She worked in the child and family care system for a period of ten years before embarking on the academic field of employment, joining the University of Pretoria.
Mrs Schutte has been in private practice since 1996. Her areas of specialisation are all matters relating to families and children, divorce, sexual abuse, child therapy and mediation.
Mrs Schutte was also the founder of the annual conference: “Dealing with children and divorce”, aimed at linking different professions in the field of divorce and providing them with skills to deal more effectively with divorce related matters. Mrs Schutte is also a contributor to various workshops which are presented nationally.

Workshop Summary

Date: 14 - 18 August 2017
Durantion: 5 days
CPDs: HPCSA pending & SACSSP pending
Venue: Accolades Boutique Venue, 72 Dale Road, Midrand
Cost: R9 500
This workshop can be paid for according to the following payment option: March R1900 | April R1900 | May R1900 | June R1900 | July | R1900
40 Hours of basic training required to become an accredited mediator. See www.saam.org.za for further details.

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  • Understand the ADR-landscape, divorce, conflict and mediation.
  • Develop the necessary organization-, facilitative- and communication skills in the context of mediation role-plays.
  • Obtain knowledge on relevant sections of the Children’s Act, Maintenance and financial settlements, case law and legislation pertaining to family disputes.
  • Contracting with clients.
  • Understanding the nature of disputes
  • Facilitate child participation
  • Develop residency and contact plans that are developmentally sound
  • Understand current research and thinking on issues such as sleepover contact and shared residency
  • Create win-win options
  • Evaluate options with clients
  • Learn techniques to deal with impasse
  • Formulating agreements, Parenting Plans and/or memorandums of understanding
  • Overview of the legal requirement for Parenting Plan registration

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will I be able to conduct a mediation after completing this workshop? Yes, the workshop provides a detailed methodology and 9 role-plays that build capacity to implement immediately.
  2. Can I be accredited as a mediator after completing this workshop?Not if this is the only training that you have completed. See the NABFAM website for accreditation criteria. We have applied for NABFAM accreditation for this workshop and if approved this workshop will be recognized as part of you accreditation application.
  3. Is the Child’s Voice toolkit included in the price of the workshop? No, the Child’s Voice Toolkit must be purchased separately.

9:00 Welcome, meet the presenters and participants, outline of course
10:00 The ADR landscape, process of divorce in SA, parties in mediation
11:30 Understanding divorce
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Understanding conflict
16:00 End of day
9:00 Mediation Models
10:00Mediation Process
11:00Impasse techniques
16:00End of day
9:00Financial mediation overview
11:00Tea/coffee break
11:30Case law and legislation
13:45Practical work
16:00End of day
9:00The Children’s Act and related legislation
11:00Tea/coffee break
11:00Residency and contact plans that work for children
13:45Practical work
16:00End of day
9:00Child participation in mediation CHILDS VOICE TOOLKIT
10:00Ethics and practice issues including accreditation
11:00Tea/coffee break
11:30Example of a Parenting Plan
12:30Practical work