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.
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.