Founded by Jill Goldson, services are based on current research combined with proven practical approaches.

The Family Matters Centre works with families in transition to enhance positive outcomes for all family members.

Jill Goldson

MA (Hons), CQSW, Mediator (Resolution Institute fellow), AMINZ, 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 Goldson 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).

Previously a senior lecturer in counselling and social work, Jill Goldson runs professional training seminars for colleagues in the field. She 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.

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Jill Goldson


  • 2022

    Resolution Institute Fellow membership

  • 2019

    Resolution Institute, International Mediation Congress grant

  • 2018

    The Borrin Foundation, Conference Travel grant

  • 2014

    LEADR 2014 Practitioner Award

  • 2008

    Law Foundation Funding Award

  • 2007

    Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Award for Research into Child Inclusive Family Mediation

  • 2006

    Association of Family and Conciliation Courts USA (AFCC) Scholarship

  • 2005

    Families Commission Research Funding Award

  • 2003

    Unitec Research Fellowship

  • 2002

    Distinction in Lecturing and Curriculum Design (Unitec)