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e-Newsletter - April 2017 Edition


March Q&A Video Now Available!

Hello colleague,

ChildrenBeyondDispute's first FREE online Q&A session with Professor Jennifer McIntosh is now available for viewing. This Q&A covers questions about Child Inclusive Mediation & Counselling: introductory practice issues.

To view the March Q&A, please follow the instructions below. 
  1. Enrol in the March Q&A from the Shop page.
  2. Go to 'My Courses'.
  3. Click on 'Q&A with Jennifer McIntosh (March): Child-Inclusive Mediation & Counselling'.
  4. In the course, click on the lesson titled "Watch the Q&A". 
This free-of-charge Q&A session will be helpful for social science and family law practitioners at all levels.
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The team

May Q&A Session Open
for Enrolment & Question Submission

Our next free online Q&A session with Professor Jennifer McIntosh will be on the topic of young children in divorce and separation, with a special focus on the YCIDS parent education program. We strongly recommend that you view the YCIDS program prior to this Q&A, it will take about 60 minutes (it takes parents about 90 minutes because of the additional worksheets that they would complete). YCIDS can be purchased from the ChildrenBeyondDispute shop (AUD$50+GST, USD$40, £25, €35). 

This free-of-charge Q&A session will be helpful for social science and family law practitioners at all levels. The format allows participants to submit questions about each topic prior to the session, when they enrol in the program. Jennifer McIntosh will aim to respond to as many of these questions as possible during the 45 minute Q&A session.

To be part of the Q&A process, please enrol prior to May 19 5pm AEST. Otherwise, the resulting session can also be viewed throughout the year.
Click here to enrol in the May Q&A. 

To submit your question, follow the instructions below:
  1. Enrol in the Q&A from the Shop page.
  2. Go to 'My Courses'.
  3. Click on 'Q&A with Jennifer McIntosh (May): Young Children in Divorce and Separation'.
  4. In the course, click on the lesson titled 'Submit your question for the Q&A' and submit your question by completing the form. 

Again, the details for our May Q&A session are as follows:
Q&A with Jennifer McIntosh: Young Children in Divorce and Separation
Cost: FREE
Questions close on 19th May 2017 5pm AEST.
Q&A video will be available for viewing on 30th May 2017 9am AEST.
Click here to enrol for this Q&A session.  

Spotlight Feature: Dr. Anne O'Kelly
"How children and young people in Ireland experience the process of their parents' separation and divorce?
Giving recognition to children's experiences"

This month we celebrate an achievement by one of our Irish Child Inclusive Mediation family members.

In 2010, Jenn visited Ireland and trained a large group of family mediators and child specialists in Child Inclusive Mediation. It was a memorable three days. In 2011, Anne O’Kelly visited Australia and was a resident intern at our clinic, Family Transitions for a month. Anne worked alongside Jenn, watching and contributing to the application of child inclusive principles in a range of highly complex cases, including extreme family violence, reunification and alienation matters.  Anne returned to Ireland to start a PhD in the area, with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway.

It’s now done, and we congratulate Dr. O’Kelly on her PhD thesis titled "How do children and young people in Ireland experience the process of their parents’ separation and divorce and subsequent changed family life? Giving recognition to children’s experiences." 

"Traditionally, children and young people in Ireland have not been given the opportunity to have their views heard on matters that affect their lives. The conceptualisation of children and childhood has, however, changed in the last number of years, culminating in the constitutional change brought about as a result of the 2012 referendum on children’s rights. The many changes in policy and practice relating to children’s and young people’s lives have called for an increase in their participation about matters of concern to them. Changes in family life, particularly when parental separation has occurred, however, is one area in children’s and young people’s lives where involvement in decisions concerning them remains low. This study sought the views of fourteen children and young people of their lived experiences of parental separation, divorce and subsequent family change.
Underpinned by the new sociology of childhood, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and participatory methodology a qualitative, narrative enquiry into the subject was carried out. Following a narrative analysis of the data, the experiences were further analysed through the lens of Honneth’s (1995) Theory of Recognition. The results showed that there is a minimisation and misrecognition of children’s and young people’s experiences at a number of levels across Irish society – within families, in schools, within the family justice system and in broader society.
The research concluded that the theory of recognition can provide a useful framework for children’s and young people’s participation in personal and family matters when combined with the principles of participation enshrined in the UNCRC." 

We note two short videos on “children as researchers”, made by the children and young people who participated in Anne’s research:
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