After graduating with degrees from Sydney and Oxford, Richard was admitted as a solicitor, and later as a barrister, and worked as an academic at the Law School at UNSW. In 1993 he was appointed a Judge of the Family Court of Australia. Since retirement from the bench in 2004, he has resumed academic work and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law. Richard has recently worked with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department on a number of projects, including The Family Courts Violence Review (2009) and, most recently a report on information-sharing between the family courts and child protection departments.
This webinar was held on 6 March 2013, and was presented by Professor Richard Chisholm and Federal Magistrate Grant Riethmuller.
The confidentiality provisions in the Family Law Act raise a number of challenging issues for Family Counselling practitioners (Section 10C). Critically, it is important to know whether a process is "family counselling" due to these provisions, given the broad definition.
So, what constitutes family counselling? And how does this impact the work of practitioners? Are they providing "family counselling" under the Act?