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CCCH offers five courses on the Family Partnership Model.
Opportunity to attend a FREE
45 minute presentation online on the Family Partnership Model
Date: 22 April 2020
Time: 2pm – 2.45pm
Cost: No charge
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The Family Partnership Model has been used successfully in Australia Since the early 2000’s. This evidence based relational change model emanates from the UK and has emerged as a leading approach in supporting practitioners and their organisations, in a wide variety of
contexts and settings, to work in partnership with families. It does this through supporting an improved understanding of the processes and skills of helping; more effective use of practitioner’s technical expertise; and, the provision of resources and tools that enable individuals to be purposefully
reflective in their work with parents and colleagues.
This short introduction to the Family Partnership Model will provide you with a brief overview of the model, current Australian approaches used in training practitioners, and what we know to be important in successfully embedding the model within organisations.
About the facilitator
Paul Prichard’s career has focused predominantly on the provision of services for individuals and families who view the service system with suspicion. He has made a significant contribution to the family support field influencing approaches to parent
engagement across Australia. His work has culminated in a PhD titled Transformations in parenting: New possibilities through peer-led interventions.
Would you like to engage with families more effectively to achieve positive outcomes? Do you want to enhance your skills and confidence? Are you ready to be professionally and personally challenged?
This course explores the evidence-based Family Partnership Model and uses activities to build participants’ skills. The Family Partnership Model is an innovative approach based upon an explicit model of the ‘helping’ process that demonstrates how specific ‘helper’ qualities and skills, when used in partnership, can enable parents and families to overcome their difficulties, build strengths and resilience and fulfil their goals more effectively. A number of research trials have demonstrated the positive benefits of this model to the developmental progress of children, parent-child interaction and the psychological functioning of parents, families and children.
The course explores all aspects of the model, including ways to work with families to identify their needs, to build a genuine and respectful ‘partnership’, to set goals and to help families to achieve these goals. The course takes an adult learning approach which values, recognises and builds on the experience that participants bring with them. During the course, participants are encouraged to actively practise their skills in a supportive learning environment.
Course outcome: Participants will develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in the processes of the evidence-based Family Partnership Model, including engaging and relating well to parents, and effectively supporting them to achieve jointly identified outcomes.
Cost: $1,550 incl GST (with Reflective Practice Handbook), and $1480 incl GST (without Reflective Practice Handbook)
Duration: 5 days
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm (each day)
Wednesday 15, 22, 29 April & Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 May 2020
The Family Partnership Model emphasises the need for highly skilled professional communication and structured goal-orientated support for families. It also assumes that a respectful partnership between the FPM practitioner and those who support their reflective practice is a powerful restorative support, and the
means by which reflective practice can be most successfully reviewed and facilitated. A partnership relationship provides a base for the FPM practitioner to explore difficulties they face, to clarify these and to develop the most helpful and effective strategies.
Guiding a practitioner through reflective practice is a form of supervision.
Supervision is ‘a quintessential interpersonal
interaction with the general goal that one person, the supervisor, meets with
another, the supervisee, in an effort to make the latter more effective in
helping people’ (Hess, 1980:25).
The FPM Supervisor Course prepares skilled practitioners to be able to facilitate reflective supervision for practitioners who apply the FPM in their work.
Those eligible for participation in the FPM Supervisor Course include:
The course is not assessed, and certificates of completion will be issued. However, since the course is carefully constructed to build each week, successful completion is dependent upon attending all sessions. Missing more than two half days will significantly reduce the understanding and value of subsequent
sessions and will constitute non-completion.
The course is tiring and challenging. We ask participants to embark on a journey of change through self reflection, experiential learning and knowledge acquisition to enhance and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective supervisors, and therefore we suggest
that participants give themselves an hour or so of quiet relaxation after each day.
Course outcome: This course equips participants with an understanding of the functions, processes and skills required to provide supervision (individual and groups) to practitioners in the style of the Family Partnership Model (Davis & Day, 2010; Day, Eliis & Harris, 2015). It
encourages participants to reflect on their own experiences and learn to deal effectively with new supervisory situations, and to find new ways of managing familiar challenges (White, 2002:11).
What previous participants have said about the Family Partnership Model Supervisor course
“I will use my new understanding/learnings to advocate for FPM supervision integration into organisations”
“I am more confident now in bringing the theoretical underpinnings of FPM to support supervision”
“This has been the most wonderful course and will have a profound impact on the way I practice. It is the foundation of what I will do and will make a difference to the people I work with.”
“This course has strengthened my commitment and increased my knowledge and confidence in embedding the FPM in my work life.”
“A fantastic course. Highly insightful, inspiring, thorough, thought provoking and fun.”
Dates: Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, Friday 20, Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 November 2020 (5 days)
A three day course which explores both the content of the Family Partnership Model (FPM) and its application within a management context.
Discourses on leadership in service settings have regularly explored interpersonal communication skills, and reflection on practice, as attributes of leadership. Effective leaders should also be able to exercise these skills in facilitating a process that enables others to plan and
implement change both within organisations and in direct work with families.
Some families experience difficulty in engaging with services. There are a variety of reasons for this including complex needs experienced by some families, time pressures experienced by professionals, and difficulty services experience in providing opportunities to respond appropriately to parents.
This three day course is modelled on the successful Family Partnership Model (Davis & Day, 2010) and helps those in leadership positions to identify and explore the necessary attributes of engaging leadership and the processes for enabling those whom they support to implement change.
The course is designed to provide reflection, discussion and peer to peer practice opportunities in relation to the skills, qualities and processes necessary to engage with and work in partnership with families and support parents and practitioners to plan and implement change.
This course will also enable managers to identify the steps involved in implementing and embedding the Family Partnership Model across a team of practitioners.
In preparation for this course, here are some questions that educational leaders can reflect on:
The course is delivered over three days with days one and two back to back and day three a few weeks later.
Cost: $1,027 incl GST (with Reflective Practice Handbook) or $950.00 incl GST (without Reflective Practice Handbook)
Duration: 3 days
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
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The aim of this course is to enable those who have completed the Family Partnership Model Foundation course to become Family Partnership Model Foundation course facilitators.
Two Family Partnership Model facilitators will work with participants over the six days to:
The training will be interactive and will require the involvement of all participants. Participants are encouraged to explore and reflect on their knowledge and understanding throughout the course, and will be given opportunity to practice their skills and gain constructive feedback.
Participants are not assessed, but as the course is constructed to build on prior learning, successful completion is dependent on attendance.
Course outcome: Participants will be able to train others to use the Family Partnership Model in partnership with parents/clients in their communities.
Duration: 6 days
Date: Wednesday 9, Thursday 10, Friday 11, Monday 14, Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September 2020 (6 days)
This one-day workshop is a follow-up to the five-day Family Partnership Model Foundation Course and will explore reflective practice as a strategy for keeping helpful change at the forefront of family partnership practice. The workshop provides participants with an opportunity to:
Course outcome: Participants will reflect on and review their FPM practice, how this can be supported by the Family Partnership Reflective Practice Handbook and deepen their understanding of reflective practice as a strategy.
Cost: $320 (incl GST) or $397 (incl GST) with Reflective Practice Handbook
Duration: 1 day
Date: 17 December 2019
In July 2015, the Centre for Parent and Child Support (CPCS) introduced changes to the format of the FPM foundation course to reflect findings from its research study of FPM in practice. CPCS also introduced a NEW Reflective Practice Handbook to accompany the delivery of FPM courses.
This workshop is for FPM facilitators to familiarise themselves with the changes in the FPM foundation course, the Reflective Practice Handbook and its new FPM practice resources. It is an opportunity to:
outcome: Participants are familiar with the new FPM foundation course format and Reflective Practice Handbook and resources.
Cost: $320 (incl GST) or $397 (incl GST) with Reflective Practice Handbook
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.