Jodie is a highly skilled, seasoned and knowledgeable registered and accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and Nationally accredited Mediator (under Mediator Standards Board) with over 16 years of experience. Jodie also works as a coach, a Family Dispute Resolution clinical supervisor, and as a Restorative Engagement Facilitator for the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Defence Force. Since commencing work in the Family Law field, she has simultaneously held clinical practice and training roles leading and supporting professional best practice.

Jodie brings unique insight, extensive skills and knowledge with:

  • Primary qualifications and experience in Social Work, working for over 8 years in homelessness in support, crisis intervention, outreach, advocacy, and counselling.
  • Masters of Conflict Resolution (specialising in Family Law Mediation)
  • Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution and
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Jodie has developed and run nationally recognised training courses (accredited and non-accredited), specifically in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) and Mediation, as well as a range of other Professional Development training options and short courses within the community services, welfare, education and legal services fields. Most recently at Relationships Australia Victoria, she held roles as Program Leader – FDR and Mediation Education, Training and Development, RAV.

Since 2014, Jodie has valued the opportunity of working in Restorative Justice with those experiencing abuse/victims of abuse, as a specialist Restorative Engagement Facilitator for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (currently the Commonwealth Ombudsman – DEFENCE). She is passionate about continuing this work and introducing these restorative engagement concepts into other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) areas.

Her impetus

Going forward, Jodie plans to continue her passions of developing and leading best practice in mediation and training, using her creativity to tailor options and services specifically in managing conflict, managing power, ensuring safe and effective outcomes, enhancing relationships, working in a trauma informed way, borrowing from strategies and interventions from restorative justice principles, and practicing with a critical, reflective and ethical lens and framework.

Professional memberships

  • Association of Family Conciliation Courts – Australian chapter
  • Resolution Institute
  • Relationships Australia Victoria – Recognised Mediation Accreditation Body (RAV – RMAB)
  • Victorian Association of Restorative Justice (VARJ)
  • Victorian Association for Dispute Resolution (VADR)