Mediator Training Academy Director of Studies, Linda Kochanski, awarded the Order of Australia (AM)


We are so proud to announce that our Director of Studies, Linda Kochanski, a distinguished figure in the field of mediation and conflict resolution, has recently been awarded the Order of Australia AM, recognising her significant contributions to mediation. As a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Mediator Training Academy, Linda plays a pivotal role in shaping the curriculum and training methodologies that prepare future mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners for the complexities of conflict resolution.

The Order of Australia AM is a prestigious honour awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement. Linda’s receipt of this award highlights her dedication to the advancement of mediation as a vital tool for resolving disputes and fostering understanding in various contexts, from familial disagreements and family property disputes, to commercial conflicts.

Linda’s journey in the field of mediation is marked by a commitment to education and professional development. Her involvement with the Mediator Training Academy underscores her belief in the power of structured, high-quality training to equip mediators with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the nuances of conflict resolution. Under her guidance, the academy has implemented rigorous training programs that emphasise both theoretical knowledge and practical application, ensuring that graduates are well-prepared to handle real-world mediation scenarios.

In addition to her role at the Mediator Training Academy, Linda has an extensive background in both academia and practical mediation. She has held various academic positions, where she has conducted research and published extensively on topics related to mediation and dispute resolution. Her scholarly work has contributed to a deeper understanding of the dynamics of conflict and the methods through which it can be effectively managed.

Her contributions extend beyond individual cases and academic research; Linda is also a sought-after speaker and trainer, regularly conducting workshops and seminars aimed at enhancing the skills of practicing mediators. Her ability to convey complex concepts in an accessible manner has earned her a reputation as an effective educator and mentor.

Receiving the Order of Australia AM is a testament to Linda Kochanski’s impact on the field of mediation. Her dedication to advancing the practice through education, research, and practical application has not only shaped the careers of countless mediators but has also contributed to the broader goal of promoting peaceful and constructive conflict resolution in society.

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