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Do you work with children and families experiencing complex challenges?
Do you wonder if you or your organisation could work differently to better meet
child and family needs?
Registrations are now open for three exciting events focused on
partnership practice: the process of using respectful, compassionate and
authentic engagement to build trusting relationships between practitioners and
families seeking or needing support.
Held in Melbourne in October, these
events will feature Dr Crispin Day, Head of the UK’s Centre for Parent and
Child Support and co-author of the Family Partnership Model (FPM) and
Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) program.
For details on interstate events with Crispin, please check with your
local state FPM organisation.
About Dr Crispin Day
Crispin is a clinical psychologist who has worked as a clinician, manager and
researcher in adult and child mental health. Within the Centre for Parent and
Child Support, he leads the research, development and dissemination of FPM, the
Helping Families Programme and EPEC.
He leads a program at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Research Unit to improve the outcomes, quality and efficiency of mental health
service for children and families. Crispin has published and lectured widely as
well as provided advice to central and local government across the UK,
Australia and New Zealand.
‘engagement’ and ‘partnership’ are words often used in relation to service
delivery – but what do they really mean in practice? What does it look like to
truly work in partnership with families, and what does it take for services to
adopt a partnership culture?
Dr Crispin Day will outline a successful model of partnership practice –
the Family Partnership Model – and a program underpinned by partnership
practice – the Empowering Parents Empowering Communities parent-led parenting
program – and will explore what is required to support and sustain partnership
practices across organisations and within individual practice.
The Family Partnership Model has been implemented widely across
Australian family-centred services and has been shown to be instrumental in
helping practitioners change the way they work with families and supporting
collaborative outcomes between parents and professionals. The Empowering
Parents Empowering Communities program is a parent led, professionally
supported parenting intervention which is currently underway in Victoria and
Participants will also hear from practitioners and service leaders who
have implemented the Family Partnership Model to change their culture of
service or program delivery; with practical examples of some of the enabling
factors that are required, and some of the challenges that were faced.
Participants will have time to ask questions of our keynote presenter
and our panel of on-the-ground experts.
Date: Thursday 25 October
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville
Cost: $110 incl GST
A rare opportunity to work in a small group setting with the co-author
of the internationally recognised Family Partnership Model.
Practitioners who work from a partnership model can sometimes feel their
partnership practice is compromised by structures, processes or a lack of understanding
and support from other practitioners that is outside of their control.
This practical workshop will enable practitioners who work from a
partnership model to discuss their challenges and explore strategies to sustain
partnership in practice with families.
Date: Friday 26 October
Time: 9.30am – 12pm
Venue: The Larwill Studio, Parkville
Cost: $135 incl GST
Open to only a
small number of FPM facilitators
Facilitating FPM courses can be complex for a number of reasons.
Facilitators commonly struggle with balancing the content of the model, the
unique demands of participants that arise from such a training intervention, and
explicitly modelling the Family Partnership Model in their facilitation. This
afternoon workshop provides an exciting opportunity for FPM facilitators to share
and explore issues that arise in the facilitation of FPM courses with other
facilitators and the co-author of the model.
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Meet your organisation’s specific training needs with our customised training. We can work with you to develop customised training for your staff, organisation and partners. Training can be held at any location around Australia (or beyond, by request).
Contact us at
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The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.