Short course

Advanced Training in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR)

Develop and apply skills in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), taking into account relevant legislation and legal proceedings, specific terminologies and ethics.


17 July 23 –
14 August 23

About the course

Study Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) and acquire the skills to practice in this field. 

You'll receive advanced training in dispute resolution in the context of FDR. At the completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and apply different statutes and legal precedents in the context of FDR
  • Design dispute resolution processes to minimise risks for and to participants in dispute resolution processes in in the context of FDR
  • Apply culturally appropriate dispute resolution practices in in the context of FDR with special emphasis on the implications of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

In this course you will learn about the historical context of FDR services and framework, key legislation, and theory and principles of intervention within the FDR framework and Te Ao Māori.

Course delivery

This course is delivered online and is worth 5 credits. It is delivered on Monday evenings over five weeks and comprises about 50 hours of learning.

Date and time

17 July - 14 August

Tutorials will take place on Mondays between 6pm-8pm, with a few starting at 5pm.


This course includes two assessments:

  • Online test
  • A case study analysis

More information about these will be provided in the tutorials.



Entry requirements

Open entry. A background in mediation is recommended.

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.