I wish to acknowledge the Aboriginal people and as Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate.

I would also like to pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be here today.

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Mediation Quest: Making Sense of Loss
Book One – Theory

A significant academic work which analyses the process of mediation as an agent for social change through the lenses of psychology, education and law. It is expansive in its ambition but also remarkably rigorous in pursuing its aim, arguing that it is important to carefully study the impact of grief and loss on decision-making in mediation in a very pragmatic manner. Katherine Pavlidis Johnson attained her PhD in Law awarded by Macquarie University in September 2015.

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Book Two – Handbook

A text of guidelines including graphics for Dispute Resolution practitioners. The use of the guidelines is justified with substantial theory to explain that the Re-Constructionist Model (RM) encourages the parties to draw upon their own perspectives grounded in their experiences, both past and present. The RM introduces a new concept, that is, the practitioner as relational learner, where the practitioner reflects back to the parties what is meaningful for them to the degree that the parties are ready, willing and able to accept such feedback.

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Mediation Quest – Making Sense of Loss, Books 1 and 2 by Dr Katherine Pavlidis Johnson, Honeysett Press, 2018 , ISBN 978-1-876158-07-1

The theory and practice of mediation is multidisciplinary with many models developed based on conflict resolution theories and those from the fields of law, psychology and social work. This book is no different, offering multidisciplinary insight into disputing and dispute resolution by …

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About the Author

Supporting and transforming the community of dispute resolution practice by providing leadership, direction and growth.

Katherine Pavlidis Johnson
PhD (Law, Macquarie University)

Katherine is an internationally and nationally accredited mediator, serving on various mediation panels including the International Mediation Institute (IMI), Papua New Guinea Supreme Court (PNG), the Supreme Court of NSW, the Workers Compensation Commission of NSW and the Family Law Settlement Service Panel (FLSS) of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. She is a barrister of the NSW Bar since 1993, a retired counselling, organisational and community psychologist in private practice from 1984 to 2017; and a trainer/assessor of mediators since 2000.

Katherine’s extensive practice in Psychology, Law and Education has led her to find common ground between the fields culminating in a PhD in Law from Macquarie University in 2015. She has combined the insights from the field of Loss and grief in Psychology to the practical resolution of disputes in Law. In her thesis, she has developed an interdisciplinary approach, which could transform Dispute Resolution into an agent for social change. Her use of mediation as a process of social constructionism in action attempts to empower parties to constructively respond to their own crises/losses as agents for their own social change.

Katherine is the Founder of PAVE the Way to PEACE, an interest group of educators meeting in NSW Parliament House since 1996 (; Co-Founder, of the Dispute Resolution and Psychology Interest Group of the Australian Psychological Society (APS); Co-Founder of the Dispute Resolution Industry Forum (now called Council of Alternate Dispute Resolvers (CADR)) ; President of the Australian Dispute Resolution Association (ADRA) in 2006 and 2007 and from 2013 to 2017, and then 2019 to 2021 (the longest-serving President of ADRA in 34 years) ; and Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) from 2010 to 2017.

Katherine has been called a ‘prac-ademic’ because of her attempts not only to constructively implement in her practice what theory teaches us academically, but also to learn from practice what can be generalised as a grounded researcher to become academic knowledge.

Mediation process as an agent for social change through lenses of psychology, education and law.


“Katherine’s thesis skilfully brings together threads and insights from each of the areas in which she has expertise. I would encourage those professionals whose responsibilities are in fields covered by this thesis to familiarize themselves with this work for the benefit of their clients.”

Dr Geoffrey AM, FAPS

“Katherine presents a model of mediation which intersects the disciplines of law and psychology. Her thesis is based upon the concept of a continuum of dispute resolution as an agent for social change. Five principles are offered to assist parties to deal with loss and grief. This book exhibits a depth of understanding of conflict that is often bypassed because of its complexity. Katherine has tackled the difficult questions. Her insight is the gem to be found in this publication.”

Mary Walker, Barrister

“This is a book which integrates theoretical perspectives from several disciplines with the author’s reflective experiences from practice, to form a sublime integration of knowledge, insight and wisdom.”

Laurence Boulle, Director, Mediator Standards Board

“Katherine Johnson is passionately committed to the resolution of conflict as an educator, mediator, negotiator and advocate for social justice on behalf of victims of loss. In her work she seeks to facilitate new ways of constructing meanings to foster acceptable resolution, mediated from a stance of respectful understanding of differences in individual, social and cultural beliefs.”

Diana Sands, Director, Centre for Intense Grief

Special Thanks

Archana Parashar – Associate Professor. Honorary Associate Professor, Macquarie Law School.

Archana Parashar an established exponent of feminist thought. She argues that responsible scholarship should accompany scholastic power and scholar should not hide behind constructs of neutrality and objectivity. Dr Parashar holds the position of Associate Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. Her book Women and Family Law Reform in India ( Sage 1992) is a recognised classic in the field. She has subsequently co-edited Engendering Law : Essays in Honour of Lotika Sarkar ( EBC 1999) Redefining Family Law Reform in India ( Routledge 2008) and Decolonisation of Legal Knowledge ( Routledge 2009).

Andrew Wong – Editorial Assistant

Andrew Wong is a multidisciplinary and multilingual professional. He is a Psychologist (Clinical Registrar), Solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court and High Court of Australia, and a Nationally Accredited Mediator. He received a Bachelor of Arts-Psychology (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Macquarie University, as well as a Master of Clinical Psychology at Western Sydney University.