Significantly, the responses of families
themselves are clear:

  • “It helps mum and dad to borrow us from each other and I like that the counsellor knows us all.” (Kim, 10)

  • “I feel more comfortable inside and more happy inside." (Kevin, 7)

  • “We are very satisfied customers, it’s sort of obvious really that this is the way to go, isn’t it?” (Separated father of three)

  • “This has really helped me and my ex mum’s still venomous about my father and that’s the last thing I want for my kids.” (Separated mother of two)

Radio Interviews

Anthony Douglas, who endorses Jill's work with children, is interviewed on National Radio April 2014.

Click here to listen - Anthony Douglas CEO of CAFCASS in the UK


Jill Goldson is interviewed by Katherine Ryan on Nine to Noon, National Radio, 7 February 2012 to discuss her research and its implications for the Family Court

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A further interview with Jill on a panel, National Radio, 12 June 2012, to discuss Government announcement of Family Court fees for parenting applications.

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Interview with Jill, Radio Rhema, 13 June 2012, to discuss Family Court issues.

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Jill is interviewed on Nine to Noon, National Radio, 3 August 2012

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NEW:  Jill Wins LEADR Practitioner 2014 Award!      


LEADR recently named Jill as a winner in the Australia/New Zealand awards for practitioners who have made the greatest contributions to the growth and development of Family Dispute Resolution in New Zealand. Jill was specifically recognised for her contribution to the professional development of others in dispute resolution.    Read More Here

The Family Matters Centre in Auckland has been established as a Centre of Excellence with its practice predicated on leading edge research that is customised to the needs of all family members. Founded by Jill Goldson, services based on current research combined with proven practical approaches include:
  • Couple counselling for relationship issues
  • Family facilitation and mediation for families in transition
  • Child participation (when appropriate) in dispute resolution
  • Counselling for children and young people
  • Specific purpose children's and adults' groups
  • Specialist training for professionals in family mediation and transitions.

Jill Goldson MA (Hons), CQSW, Mediator (Leadr), NZAC & Founder of The Goldson Model

As Director of The Family Matters Centre Jill Goldson specialises in researching and working with the family in transition, during and after separation. She contributes to conferences and seminars and has published on this work. Additionally, Jill conducted a pilot study of working with parents and children during separation and authored "Hello, I’m a voice let me speak. Child Inclusive Mediation in Family Separation." (2006)

A senior lecturer in both counselling and social work, Jill has received scholarships and awards to advance her work. In 2008 she was made a Churchill Fellow and granted funds to undertake research in the UK on child inclusive practice following separation. Publications, awards and funding details are available on this website.

Family Court Work

Jill also contracts with the Family Court for counselling and is an Expert for the Crown in counselling. Support and backing for her innovative work comes from New Zealand Family Court professionals including Judge Peter Boshier, former Principal Family Court Judge, NZ.

Read Judge Boshier letter to Jill here.


Jill's Work Endorsed by CAFCASS in the UK

Recognised as a unique expert in listening to the voice of the child during parental conflict, Jill's work has recently been endorsed by Anthony Douglas (CBE) who is the CEO of the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), the largest dispute resolution agency in Europe. Cafcass is based in the UK and works with over 150,000 children and their families each year.

Read the Anthony Douglas endorsement here.

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