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The Self-Reflexive Mediator

Presented by Bill Hewlett

Cases of parents/children who suicide through Family Law difficulties. Can they be prevented?

The Family Law environment is, as we know, fraught with highly distressed parents and their children. Separated parents will often complain of a system that seems unconcerned and oblivious to their private, internal traumas, which can lead them to consider the dire possibility of suicide.

Relational neurobiology and psychotherapy show us that a significant and engaging relationship between a client and a Family Law professional can result in a considerable loss of hopelessness and desperation. A consequential increase in reflective capacity and insight into the relational dynamics that have contributed to the situation, can lead the client to begin to see their own way out of their predicament. This talk will focus on how such relationships between clients and Family Law professionals can be structured and maintained.

About Bill Hewlett

Bill Hewlett currently works as a Clinical Services Specialist in Family Dispute Resolution with Relationships Australia NSW and as a lead trainer for the Australian Institute for Relationships Studies. He has extensive experience in child inclusive mediation, having successfully practised as a Child Consultant for the past fifteen years. This work has led Bill to develop an innovative and effective model of practice, which responds to the current challenges of the family law system when working with highly conflicted clients. Bill has published articles on family issues and is frequently invited to present at conferences internationally and throughout Australia.


Additional Info

  • Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014
  • Time: 5:30 for 6pm
  • Venue (Address): Level 3, Law Society, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney 2000
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