26 September 2023

Scholarships to back mediator training

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The Department of Justice is asking young Queenslanders with an interest in conflict resolution to apply for one of four scholarships for accredited mediation training as part of the Jack Cranstoun program.

Attorney-General, Shannon Fentiman, said the Jack Cranstoun scholarships provided the opportunity for young Queenslanders to be trained in mediation and attain National Mediation Accreditation status.

“Mediators play a vital role in Queensland communities by providing much-needed assistance to members of the public to resolve conflict in a mutually beneficial manner without going to court,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Scholarship recipients will discover how to facilitate discussions and effectively resolve disputes, while learning about the theory and practices of facilitative mediation and conflict management,” she said.

She said the scholarship program was named after a much-loved and talented mediator with the Department of Justice who worked in family counselling and youth support programs in the Moreton Bay region.

Ms Fentiman said the value of each of the four scholarships was $3,500.

“Since the launch of the Jack Cranstoun program in 2015, the Department’s Dispute Resolution Branch has proudly provided training scholarships valued at $87,000 to 29 young Queenslanders as part of the program,” the Minister said.

“These recipients have been provided with an invaluable opportunity to work with experienced mediators and gain the skills and knowledge needed to start their career in mediation.”

The 2022 scholarships are awarded to four recipients across the following categories:

First Nations peoples; people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; regional Queensland, and general.

Further information can be found on the 2022 Jack Cranstoun Scholarship at this PS News link.

Applications close 31 August.

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