Barbara McCulloch

Dispute resolution practitioner
Associate and Mediation Panel member for AMINZ, Coach and assessor for LEADR
0800 77 44 20
Family dispute resolution (FDR)

Barbara has been a practising mediator, coach and trainer since 1986. Building on a background in education, social work and family therapy, Barbara has undertaken extensive training in facilitative and narrative mediation and restorative practice, and uses these techniques in her work. She practises her narrative-facilitative style of mediation with families, in workplaces and in communities. 

Barbara works with families to make decisions about elder care, care of children when parents separate, the division of family assets and resolving disputes about wills and inheritances. 

In workplace disputes, Barbara works in both coaching and mediating roles. She has experience in working with conflict between senior managers, company directors, disputes between staff members and between staff and management. Barbara has worked as a management-leadership coach with a variety of people at different levels of organisations. 

Because she has a great deal of experience in working with emotionally complex matters and because of her restorative practice experience, she also works in situations where there are allegations of family violence or workplace harassment and bullying. In community settings, Barbara has worked with schools, neighbours, community groups, NGO’s and local and national government groups. 

Barbara is accredited as a Fellow of the Resolution Institute and an Associate of AMINZ. She is an FDR Provider who provides clinical Supervision and is an accredited Conflict Management Coach. She has experience in working individually or as a co-mediator and is associated with a number of other professionals who work collaboratively to provide “wrap around services” when needed. In 2014, Barbara was nominated by NBR as one of their “top ten family mediators”. 

Barbara has participated in Master Classes with John Haynes, Bernie Mayer, Robert Benjamin, Nina Meierding and John Wade.

Barbara designs and delivers highly evaluated training programmes including follow-up coaching and mentoring of participants. In 2012, she designed and delivered a Peer Mediation Training programme which was awarded a staff excellence prize at the University of Auckland. Barbara is a current member of the Citizens Advice Bureau NZ, where she provides coaching and training and project management. In 2015, she designed and delivered a skills based programme for students who wished to volunteer for charitable agencies which was very well evaluated.

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