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It can be difficult to have difficult conversations with parents or colleagues whilst sustaining relationships with them.
Engaging parents in honest and supportive conversations can enable change for children and families and help professionals to sustain relationships with parents. Learn how to enter into difficult conversations from a family partnership perspective with the help of this workshop.
This workshop explores the context and desired outcomes of difficult conversations. It considers the skills and qualities required to enter into conversations from a partnership perspective and provides practical opportunities to practice and reflect on newly acquired tools and approaches.
Date: 17 September 2020
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
and 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Date: 15 October 2020
Time: 11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Delivery: Online via Zoom (2 x 1.5 hour sessions)
Cost: $188 incl
About the facilitators
Donna has an extensive background in early childhood and
holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and a Diploma of Business (Community
Services and Health Management). Her diverse experiences working as a
practitioner, in management roles, and teaching of Child Studies has equipped
Donna with a unique understanding of child, family and professional needs
within early childhood.
Donna facilitates multiple training programs such as Let’s
Read, Group Facilitation, Having difficult conversations, Reflective Practice
with CCCH. She has been practicing as a Family Partnership Training facilitator
since 2005 and is an accredited Family Partnership Model trainer and
Deb Sestak is an
experienced facilitator with a keen interest in community partnerships. Her training
portfolio at the CCCH includes The Family Partnership Model (FPM),
Family-Centred Practice, Reflective Practice, Platforms, Improvement Approach
and Linking Schools and Early Years. With the training and development team,
Deb delivers customised training and consultancy for a diverse range of
community partnerships and organisations.
Since 2013 Deb has
facilitated learning and development workshops for CCCH in the FPM foundation
and facilitation courses and workshops that sit under the umbrella of the FPM:
Facilitating a process for genuine engagement, Engaging families, Difficult Conversations
and Group facilitation.
Nathalie Martinek is a project officer working on
facilitation and training in the Centre for Community Child Health Training and
Development team since 2015.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Nathalie
completed her undergraduate and her PhD in developmental biology at the
University of Toronto. After moving to Melbourne with her husband, in 2005, she
spent several years as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Peter Mac before moving
into projects with a public health and community focus at CCCH. This shift in focus lead her to develop
programs and aids that support medical and allied health professionals in their
own lifelong learning and behavioural health alongside her work at CCCH in
group facilitation and partnership-centred practice.
Nathalie is interested in the power of partnerships
as agents of cultural and practice change in healthcare settings that promote
the fulfillment and wellbeing of all health professionals and the communities
Martin commenced with the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) as part of the Tasmanian team in 2010, leading an action research project and participating in the Learning and Development Strategy as part of the development of the Tasmanian Child and Family Centres initiative.
Martin has extensive experience in early childhood education having trained and worked as an early childhood teacher. He has also worked in community development roles in Victoria and Tasmania. Martin now facilitates training for early years practitioners across Australia through the Training and Development team within CCCH and is interested in practice change and how partnerships can assist better outcomes.
A common concern for practitioners working with parents of young children is how to enter into a conversation with families about what is perceived as a difficult topic. By popular demand, the Training and Development Team has developed a new workshop. Difficult conversations may arise in situations where there are concerns about a child’s development or behaviour, or where there is a clash in perspectives between a parent and a practitioner. This new course explores the context of these situations and the desired outcomes. It considers the skills and qualities required to enter into these conversations and reflects on how this might work in practice.
Course Outcome: Participants are able to engage with parents in difficult conversations
For participants to increase their awareness of:
Cost: $190 incl. GST
Duration: (1/2 day)
Due to the current situation all face to face calendar workshops has been cancelled. This course can also be delivered online.
The workshop can be tailored to suit a range of practitioners and/or particular situations. It can be provided as a brief session (1½-2 hours), a half-day or one day workshop or a series of sessions.To find out more and enquire about this new workshop
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.