TRAINING: Relational Mediation – A Practical Focus with Bill Hewlett

Relational Mediation is a two-day, intensive course providing the skills for practitioners working with families entrenched in high conflict. The workshop, through the use of actors, will provide a strong practical focus on the subtle and delicate skills required to bring about a series of transformative shifts in parents, helping them to gain a broader perspective on why they are in conflict, what effect this has had on their children and how they might manage their parental alliance in the future.

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CONFERENCE: FMA Conference 20-21 Sept 2016

Bill Hewlett will be presenting a workshop with Ruth Smallacombe at the 2016 Family Mediators Association Annual Conference. The workshop, 'The voice of parents is the voice of gods', will be based on child focused mediation. Participants will learn how to take information from a child and use it constructively to influence parents for positive change.


CONFERENCE: 2016 Dispute Resolution Conference

Bill Hewlett will be presenting at this year's Dispute Resolution Conference at a workshop called, 'How to Keep your Client out of the Warehouse of Resentment'. 

Many dispute resolution clients present with a story that holds no tolerance for the perspective of the other person, this lack of reflective capacity is evidence they have probably suffered social trauma early in their own lives, where as children their capacity to be accountable has been teased and shamed out of them. This workshop will demonstrate, with the use of an actor, how to assist the stuck client to acknowledge their part in their conflict, whilst keeping their sense of self reliably intact. This massively reduces the intransigence normally associated with dispute resolution processes. 

2016 Dispute Resolution Conference, Nottingham
13-14 October 2016



RESOURCE: The Story of Neo

The Story of Neo is a short animation produced by Relationships Australia NSW and Iris Pictures. It was co-directed and devised by Bill Hewlett. It shows how the quality of the parents' relationship  impacts on a child and how resilience can allow the child to thrive in an environment of parental harmony.  

This film has been shown in conferences in Australia and overseas. To find out more visit

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NEWSLETTER ARTICLE: Mediation clients are often victims of trauma

Mediation clients are often victims of trauma

April 2016
Published through the Family Mediators Association UK

I have recently returned to the UK from Australia, where I have been practicing for many years in a senior clinical role as a mediator, family therapist and member of an interdisciplinary collaborative law team whilst working for Relationships Australia New South Wales.  This is a large and, by comparison with the UK, well funded organisation that is primarily focused on counselling and post separation services that support parents to come to collaborative agreements in relation to financial matters and arrangements for children.

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