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ADRA CPD Event – Restorative Practice with Astrid Gerrits

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March 26 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm AEDT

ADRA will be hosting an event with Astrid Gerrits as guest speaker. Attendance to this event allows you to earn 1 CPD point. The topic for this event is “Restorative Practice”.

Introducing Astrid, a compassionate professional with a multicultural background and a decade of experience in supporting families through challenges of conflict and separation. Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Astrid migrated to Australia in 2008 and currently resides in the beautiful town of Broome, situated on Yawuru land within the Kimberley region of North West Australia.

For the past ten years, Astrid has played integral roles as a counsellor, child-inclusive practitioner, coordinator, and supervisor at the Kimberley Family Relationship Centre. Today, she operates a private counseling and mediation practice, focusing on relationships with a specialisation in family, couples, and individual counseling, as well as private and corporate restorative practice and mediation.

Astrid’s diverse professional background spans academic hospitals, justice systems, learning/intellectual disabilities, mental health, and separation services. Her journey into Restorative Practice (RP) work began in 2010, driven by a passion to address unresolved hurts and lack of closure in relationships during family mediation. This passion led her to develop a model she refers to as RP-FDR (Restorative Practice in Family Dispute Resolution).

This innovative approach has had a profoundly positive impact, not only within her team in North West Australia but also across the broader Western Australia mediation community. Astrid has presented and conducted workshops, sharing her RP-FDR model, starting in Perth in 2018 and expanding to national and international platforms, including the National Mediation Conference in Wellington, New Zealand. The model has been embraced by fellow dispute resolution professionals, leading to a growing interest in training in this transformative approach.

While Astrid is now a couples therapist, it’s noteworthy that she developed the RP-FDR model when she was not yet in this role. This underscores the adaptability of the model for mediators, whether from a social scientist, legal, or other background.

Join us in welcoming Astrid as she shares her insights and experiences in the transformative world of Restorative Practice in Family Dispute Resolution.


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