This will be a highly interactive programme with participants being given the opportunity to practice some of the essential skills needed to work with single and separated fathers. The train-the-trainer programme is designed to enable participants to conduct the Staying Connected Program. The course will cover:
• Introductions and overview
• The history of approaches to working with fathers
- Why? What has driven these programs? What are the expected outcomes?
- Where? Where have they been conducted (e.g. community, workplace)?
- How? What processes have been used?
- What? What impact have they had? What do the evaluations tell us?
- Examples of effective approaches, e.g. Staying Connected
• Participant views about their opportunities and challenges in working with single and separated fathers
• Overall framework for working with fathers
- Identifying the diversity of needs
- Engaging fathers
- Essential practitioner knowledge and skills
- Effective learning processes for fathers
• Overview of an approach to working with fathers based on:
- Different content areas (e.g. personal well-being; father-child relationships; co-parenting relationships)
- Examples of activities and processes
- Timing and resource needs
• Facilitator demonstration of effective approaches from Staying Connected
• Participant practice of essential skills (conducted in small groups) and evaluated in terms of:
- Strengths of the approach
- Opportunities for improvement
• Outline of an evaluation framework for working with fathers
• Reflections, review and the design of continuous learning process
Social service professionals, including social workers, counsellors, case managers, programme coordinators/ managers and volunteers of voluntary welfare organisations; family life educators, school administrators, and other professionals who work with families and fathers
Upon completion of the course, participants, in their work with single and separated fathers will be able to:
• Describe the diversity of fathers and their needs
• Articulate the essential characteristics of successful approaches to working with these fathers
• Apply a range to skills in their work with fathers, with particular emphasis on improving:
- The well-being of fathers
- The quality of father-child relationships
- Outcomes for children
- The quality of co-parenting relationships
• Identify their own best opportunities to engage with this group of fathers
• Identify the opportunities and challenges involved in working with fathers such as: (i) gender issues; (ii) engaging with fathers in different contexts, e.g. the community, the workplace
• Identify and apply duty of care requirements in working with fathers
• Engage with other practitioners to implement a process of continuous learning
• Conduct the Staying Connected Programme
Complimentary (Fully funded by Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports)
Full course fee of $150* per participant will be imposed for any no-show. Participants are allowed to look for replacement if they are not able to turn up for the conference.
Priority will be given to the target audience as listed above.
*No show fee is stated before GST
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