Shawn Whelan

61 Condell Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

M  0418 613 898
E  info at

  Serving Melbourne, regional Victoria, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney

"...making a difference through dialogue..."



Since 1985 I have worked with community and church groups as well as corporate and government organisations, facilitating meetings and mediating disputes of many kinds. Through this work, I have developed special expertise in consensus building processes.

I am accredited as a mediator under the National Mediation Accreditation scheme by the Resolution Institute. I have studied negotiation, mediation and consensus-building at the world-leading Harvard Program on Negotiation. A full list of courses I have attended appears below.

For the last 10 years I have worked as a corporate trainer and consultant specialising in these areas, and before that I spent 6 years as a solicitor and legal academic. I regularly teach basic and advanced level courses in negotiation and mediation at Monash Law School, and design and deliver training workshops on all aspects of conflict management and communication in conjunction with CMA Learning Group.


I have worked on a variety of mediation, facilitation and consulting assignments with...

Non-profit organisations and religious groups, including:


Australian Student Christian Movement
ASCM Endowment Association
Case Management Action Group
Disability Attendant Support Services Inc Native Title Services Victoria
NSW Aboriginal Land Council (Native Title Unit)
Uniting Church (Synod of Victoria & Tasmania; two Presbyteries; six congregations)
Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council

Small to medium enterprises, including:


Alpine Health
Building Commission
CMA Learning Group
Plenty Valley Community Health Services
Resolve Advisors
Small software and telco companies

Large corporations, universities and government agencies, including:

  Aboriginal Victoria "Right People for Country" Project (Dept Premier & Cabinet)
ANZ Bank
Department of Education and Training (Vic)
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic)
Department of Human Services (Vic)
Department of Infrastructure (Vic)
Department of Treasury and Finance(Vic)
Environment Protection Agency (Vic)
Federal Court
IBM Global Business Services
Land Negotiation Program (NSW Dept Industry)
Monash University
Office of Aboriginal Affairs (Vic)
Victoria University

In addition to my mediation, facilitation and consulting assignments, I have developed and run skills development subjects for:

  Monash University (Law School and MBA program)
Deakin University (MBA)
Swinburne University (MBA and MEI)
Quinnipiac University School of Law (in CT, USA)

I have also designed and delivered hundreds of training workshops in negotiation, mediation, conflict management and communication skills for corporations and government agencies.


As noted above, I regularly teach courses in negotiation, mediation and conflict management, at basic and advanced levels. The training and professional development courses I have attended as a participant include:


Managing Protracted Conflict, National Mediation Conference
Narrative Mediation, Resolution Institute
Transformative Mediation, VADRA
Narrative Mediation, National Mediation Conference
Mediation Assessment & Feedback, LEADR (now Resolution Institute)
Advanced Facilitation Skills, Resolve Advisors (3 days)
Negotiation Skills, Rogen (3 days)
Negotiation and Mediation Skills, Monash Law School/CMA (5 days)
Mediation and Participatory Processes, Harvard Program on Negotiation (full semester postgraduate seminar),
Negotiation, Harvard Program on Negotiation (full semester postgraduate seminar)
Mediation Training and Accreditation, Australian Commercial Disputes Centre (5 days)
Alternative Dispute Resolution, UNSW School of Law (full semester elective)
Conflict Resolution, Religious Society of Friends (1 day)