Jodie Grant

Jodie Grant

Shifting Sands

HER IMPETUS - Jodie is the Director of Shifting Sands. Shifting Sands’ purpose is supporting people, their organisations and communities to navigate their changing relationships in their worlds. 

Jodie brings unique insight, extensive skills and knowledge, with proficiency in counselling, conflict resolution and structured facilitative negotiation techniques. Through the dual lens of highly specialised clinical expertise and experience, and excellence in professional training and personal development and growth, Jodie uses her creativity to tailor options and services for individuals and families. Simultaneously holding clinical practice and training roles leading and supporting professional best practice, Jodie also works as a coach, FDR clinical supervisor, and Restorative Engagement Facilitator/ Direct Personal Response Facilitator.

Jodie has extensive experience, including:

  • Jodie is a highly skilled, seasoned and knowledgeable Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Mediator (for nearly 20 years).
  • Since 2003, Jodie has worked in the field of training, education and professional development, including academia, tertiary, vocational, short courses – running both specialised and general courses (accredited and non-accredited), specifically in Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) and Mediation, tailored and bespoke programs and Professional Development, within the Not for Profit (NFP) sector, government and community services, welfare, education and legal services fields. She contracts for many tertiary institutions, teaching in the specialised area of Dispute Resolution.
  • Since 2014, Jodie has worked in Restorative Justice with those experiencing abuse/victims of abuse, as a specialist Restorative Engagement Facilitator for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (currently the Commonwealth Ombudsman – DEFENCE) and under National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

Jodie has contributed widely to the field of ADR, including:

  • Contributor to Living Together Separating Divorcing Surviving during a Pandemic, 2020, edited by Michael Lang and Peter Nicholson. This book is a new resource for separated families for these times, for families feeling the strain and stress of lockdown, unemployment, online schooling, and working from home.
  • Co-opted to the Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council Inc (ADRAC) working group tasked with preparing ADRAC’S submission Australian Law Reform Commission – Review of the Family Law System: Response by ADRAC to Issues Paper 48 (IP 48) March 2018
  • Gutman, Judy and Grant, Jodie, ‘Ethical Conundrums Facing Mediators: Comparing Processes, Identifying Challenges and Opportunities’ (2017). 35(1) Law in Context 101; La Trobe Law School – Law & Justice Research Paper Series Paper No. 1707.
  • Various seminars for Victorian Association for Dispute Resolution (VADR), Victorian Association for Restorative Justice (VARJ) and Resolution Institute.
  • Presentations at 2016 National Mediation Conference Queensland and 2019 National Mediation Conference Canberra.
  • 2015 ADR Ethics for Practitioners Symposium, La Trobe University, Victorian Dispute Settlement Centre – Presenter.
  • 2006 - DVD – Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV)  Production, Mediator, Mediation Practice.

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Victorian Association for Dispute Resolution