Take a look at some of our past events

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Presented by Judy Singer and Elena Campbell, March 23 2022

"On 23 March 2022, the Family Law Pathways Network invited members for a lunchtime webinar exploring the concept of neurodiversity in the context of Family Law.

Scientific research, clinical practice and biographical testimony demonstrate that neuro-conditions are very different from one to another, and also exist on a broad spectrum. Clients of the courts include individuals with Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder amongst other presentations, and every neurodiverse individual and family has to overcome different hurdles as they move through the legal system. It is a challenge to translate this neurocomplexity into law. Advocates, researchers, and neurodiverse individuals are calling for legal entities and support services to better understand neurodiverse people, and reconsider bias and misconceptions that are a hindrance to better outcomes in family law and other legal cases.

During this webinar sociologist Judy Singer was joined by researcher and lawyer Elena Campbell, to discuss what the term neurodiversity means, and present research regarding how our current legal system serves neurodiverse people and their families, including experiences of the legal system as confusing and challenging to navigate."

men in focus

Presented by Shane Tas, 17 November 2021

"Please join us for a presentation of Men in Focus: unpacking masculinities and engaging men in the prevention of violence against women, by Dr Shane Tas, Senior Policy Advisor, Masculinities at Our Watch.

Men in Focus provides a deeper understanding of the links between dominant forms and patterns of masculinity and violence against women. It explores how challenging these patterns and effectively engaging men and boys can contribute to primary prevention efforts, and it establishes some guiding principles to support policy makers and practitioners in this work.

Please see the link: Our Watch Evidence Review

Shane will present an overview of the key findings of the research and explore the guiding principles and identified challenges and tensions in this work. There will be an opportunity to engage with Shane on the findings and discuss how this research might relate to your own work.This project was funded as part of the Victorian Government’s Free from Violence First Action Plan 2018-2021 commitment to support immediate research to fill critical gaps in knowledge around what works to prevent family violence and violence against women."

Judge Gavel

Presented by Alan Hebb & Ben Smith, 11 November 2021

"On 11 November 2021, the Family Law Pathways Network invited members of the Sunshine Legal Referral List and the FLPN ‘Western’ Collaborative Group to attend their inaugural cross sectoral networking and educational event. The event topic was a discussion on the changes brought about by the creation of the ‘Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia’. In this presentation, Alan focused on what the changes mean for Dispute Resolution and Ben looked at the changes from a lawyer’s perspective."

Registration required to view.

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Presented by Professor Heather Douglas, 26 May 2021

"Drawing on interviews with women who have engaged with the legal system as a result of domestic violence, this presentation explores how women’s engagement with the legal system is frequently experienced as an extension of their abusive partner’s coercive control. It shows how legal processes provide an opportunity for abusive partners to continue and even expand their repertoire of coercive and controlling behaviours post-separation. 

The presentation will highlight a number of judgments that have identified legal systems abuse and makes some suggestions about how it can be dealt with. 

There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions during the livestream of the webinar using the ‘chat’ function."

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Presented by Professor JaneMaree Maher, 19 October 2020

"Despite increasing acknowledgement of the importance of perpetrator interventions in the delivery of integrated responses to family violence and promoting perpetrator accountability, there remains very little understanding of how magistrates and other judicial officers view, manage and use perpetrator interventions. This presentation will present the findings from the ANROWS national project examining the use, influence and management of perpetrator interventions in sentencing of domestic and family violence offenders. Their analysis of interviews conducted with 60 judicial officers from across all Australian state and territory jurisdictions reveals that the effective use of perpetrator interventions in decision making is constrained by:

  • Limited judicial access to information about which (if any) perpetrator interventions have been previously used with a perpetrator,

  • A lack of knowledge among judicial officers about perpetrator program referral options, in relation to both the availability and nature of programs available, and

  • Uncertainty over the role of the judicial officers in holding perpetrators to account.

Each of these barriers to effective practice will be discussed alongside recommendations to support judicial officers and judicial practice moving forward."


Presented by Professor Jennifer McIntosh, 2 September 2020

"In this webinar, award winning researcher, Professor Jennifer McIntosh will describe the rationale for applying a developmental perspective to family law dispute resolution, and detail two evidence-based approaches to this work, covering infancy through to late adolescence.

The principles of Child Inclusive Mediation and of the Young Children in Divorce and Separation program are briefly outlined, followed by a Q&A and group discussion.

The online training for both programs, housed on the Childre'n Beyond Dispute website, is discussed.

Attentive Therapist

Presented by Rose Cuff, 17 June 2020

"This presentation will explore concepts of parenting and capacity in the context of deepening our understanding about the challenges and strengths experienced by parents, their children and families who live with mental ill health. The discussion will cover principles of engagement, validation and understanding what parents bring to the spaces in which we meet them, managing complexity and fostering resilient parent-child-family relationships."

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Presented by David Mandel, 10 June 2020

"Domestic violence is one of the most challenging factors facing family courts.  In this webinar, David Mandel, the creator of the internationally-known Safe & Together Model, will describe how a perpetrator pattern-based approach to domestic violence cases involving children can help with custody and access decisions. The Safe & Together Model, which is used by child protection systems in Australia, North America, and the United Kingdom, can help guide with evaluations and representation of children's best interests.
David hopes that his work ends the use of “failure to protect” mentality in domestic violence cases, and helps systems better work with complex cases involving mental health issues, substance misuse and domestic violence.  Using an intersectional analysis, the Model is designed to be flexible and relevant across diverse situations. "

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Presented by Ben Grime, 3 June 2020

"Understand the differences between Aboriginal and Standard English Narrative Styles with Ben Grimes, a lawyer and linguist who specialises in communication issues in the legal system and cross-cultural legal education. 

Interaction with clients and witnesses often involves asking a person to give a narrative about events. The narrative forms the basis for analysis and decisions that have significant impact on the client. People from different language backgrounds intuitively tell stories in very different ways. This includes features such as what details to include and exclude, to what extent the narrative should be chronological, different conceptualisations of key words, how problems and opinions are expressed within the narrative, how to recall speech and underlying assumptions about what is logical. Clients from non-English speaking backgrounds can be at significant disadvantage when their narratives are unintentionally assessed and interpreted according to what is ‘normal’ for Standard English narratives. 

This webinar will identify known sources of miscommunication with speakers of Aboriginal languages and Aboriginal Englishes and discuss recent linguistic research that identifies significant differences between Standard English and Aboriginal narrative patterns in the context of legal issues. The webinar will discuss some of the implications for practice, and provide strategies for identifying and minimising miscommunication based on differences in narrative patterns."

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Presented by Trent Savill, 20 May 2020

"This workshop supports professionals to better understand and respond to children and young people who engage in aggressive and controlling behaviours. The workshop will explore how developmental attachment impacts on our capacity to trust and hand over control to others, and also looks at the important cognitive skills required to be able to comply with the expectations of others. Participants will then be provided with a range of strategies that support children to - trust and feel safe with others, integrate the needs of others with their own, and to seek the attention of adults in a more adaptive fashion. 

Overview of Training:

  • The Triune Brain

  • Trust vs Control

  • Cognitive Skills

  • Distorted templates for others

  • Reading and responding to miscues

  • Reducing power struggles

  • Integrating Needs

The workshop flyer can be viewed here

Complex Care is a Brisbane based counselling and consultancy service that specialises in the provision of therapeutic placement support to children in care with complex support needs."