Post-Separation Counselling and Mediation Services (Part 6): References

The final post in a series on a report Tamara Blakemore and I did in partnerships with Uniting counselling and mediation services about best practice in post-separation counselling and mediation contains the references.

I have divided the report into 6 posts:

  1. The introduction and findings from the literature review
  2. Staff interview, client survey and document review
  3. Synthesis of findings
  4. Synthesis of findings (continued)
  5. Summary and conclusion
  6. References

The references don’t make an interesting post, but they are important!

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Armstrong, S. (2011a). Accommodating culture in family dispute resolution: What, why and how? Journal of Judicial Administration, 20, 167–177.

Armstrong, S. M. (2011b). Encouraging conversations about culture: Supporting culturally responsive family dispute resolution. Journal of Family Studies, 17(3), 233–248.

Bagshaw, D., Quinn, K., & Schmidt, B. (2006). Children and families in transition: Towards a child-centred integrated model of practice. Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies, University of South Australia.

Baitar, R., Buysse, A., Brondeel, R., De Mol, J., & Rober, P. (2012a). Post-divorce wellbeing in Flanders: Facilitative professionals and quality of arrangements matter. Journal of Family Studies, 18(1), 62–75.

Baitar, R., Buysse, A., Brondeel, R., De Mol, J., & Rober, P. (2012b). Towards high-quality divorce arrangements: The role of facilitative professionals. Unpublished manuscript.

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Dearing, R. L., Barrick, C., Dermen, K. H., & Walitzer, K. S. (2005). Indicators of client engagement: Influences on alcohol treatment satisfaction and outcomes. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 19(1), 71–78.

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Field, R. (2006). Using the feminist critique of mediation to explore “the good, the bad and the ugly” implications for women of the introduction of mandatory family dispute resolution in Australia. Australian Journal of Family Law, 20(5),45–78.

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Moloney, L., Kaspiew, R., DeMaio, J., & Deblaquiere, J. (2013). Family relationship centres: Partnerships with legal assistance services. Family Court Review, 51(2), 250–267.

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Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Orellana-Damacela, L., Portillo, N., Sharma, A., & Lanum, M. (2003). Implementing an outcomes model in the participatory evaluation of community initiatives. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 26(2), 5–10.

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You can download the formatted report from here and you can read the executive summary here. Details of the research team and reference group, and how to reference the report are at the end of the post.

The citation for the full report is:

Blakemore, T., & Stuart, G. (2020). Best practice and trends in counselling and mediation services in NSW: A collaborative case study of Uniting. Summary and synthesis report. Uniting.

While most of the research was done by Tamara and me, Chris Krogh did the document analysis, and we were supported by Amanda Howard, Shaun McCarthy and Milena Heinsch from the University of Newcastle. The research assistants were Elizabeth Sinclair, Alex Madafiglio and Stephanie Hardacre.

The Uniting Research Reference Group members were Tom McClean, Duncan Cameron, Pauline O’Neill, Margaret Nimac, Amanda Rolfe, Rochelle Arellano, Andrew Spaulding, Elke Pitkethley, Joe Schumacher and Lisa Robinson.

If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:

  1. Best practice in counselling and mediation services: A collaborative case study of Uniting (Summary)
  2. Post-Separation Counselling and Mediation Services (Part 1): Introduction to research and literature review
  3. Name.Narrate.Navigate: a program for young people who use violence in their families
  4. Building relationships
  5. Engaging Aboriginal fathers
  6. The Alternatives to Violence Project: Reflections on a strengths-based approach to nonviolent

If you find any problems with the blog, (e.g., broken links or typos) I’d love to hear about them. You can either add a comment below or contact me via the Contact page.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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