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Family partnership training

  • CCCH offers five courses on the Family Partnership Model.

    Online courses

    Introduction to the Family Partnership Model: Building and sustaining relationships with parents

    A series of facilitated seminars (via Zoom platform- hosted by MCRI) that introduce practitioners to the Family Partnership Model with particular focus on building and sustaining a partnership relationship with parents.

    Date: 6, 13, 20, 27 August and 3, 10 September 

    Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

    Delivery: Online (6 x 90 minutes, weekly for 6 weeks) 

    Cost: $330.00 incl GST

    Registration: Click here to register

    This series of facilitated on-line seminars are informed by the content of the Family Partnership Model and have been adapted to on-line delivery. They are designed to be delivered sequentially with a consistent group of participants, preferably in groups of nine or twelve to enable breakout groups of three.

    Content of sessions:

    • An introductory session – Why engage parents? What we know about parent engagement
    • Introduction to the Family Partnership Model
    • Skills involved in engaging and helping families
    • Family ecology – risk and resilience factors
    • Review within a partnership
    • Review of the course and reflecting on my practice    

    About the facilitators

    Donna Anderson

    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 supervisor.

    Nathalie Martinek

    Natalie has been facilitating training in the Training & 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 they serve. 

    Overview of the Family Partnership Model

    Opportunity to attend a FREE 45 minute presentation online on the Family Partnership Model

    Dates: no dates currently scheduled

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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.

    Face-to-face courses

    Family Partnership Model Foundation Course

    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)

    Dates:  Thursday 5, 12, 19, 26 November and Thursday 3 December 2020

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    Family Partnership Model Supervision Course

    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:

    1. Practitioners who have completed the Family Partnership Model foundation course and used the approach in clinical practice.
    2. Professionals/mental health practitioners with considerable clinical knowledge and experience of working with the models and concepts contained within the Family Partnership approach, who have responsibility for supervising other staff either individually or in groups, who are using the approach in their practice.

    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.”

    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)

    Dates: Postponed until 2021

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    Family Partnership Model: Understanding and applying the model in organisational contexts

    A three day course which explores both the content of the Family Partnership Model (FPM) and its application within a management context.


    • Enable participants to work more effectively with parents/families/and staff by helping them to develop the resources they need to improve their current/future situations.
    • Develop a clear understanding of the FPM Helping Process, and to develop and/or practise the skills of engaging parents/others and developing effective relationships with them.
    • To explore the application of the FPM from a management perspective
    • Enable participants to understand the application of the FPM in supervision

    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:

    • How effective am I in relating to all families?
    • How do I know this?
    • How would I want families to experience all contact with our service?
    • What does partnership between families and our service look like?
    • How does my practice model reinforce partnership – for our team of staff and the families we support?

    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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    Family Partnership Model Facilitator course

    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:

    • develop their understanding of the theoretical and skills base for Family Partnership
    • gain an overview of the structure, content, method and skills used in facilitating the Family Partnership Model program
    • observe facilitators demonstrate the various skills and methods in facilitating Family Partnership Model Training and gain feedback and experience in facilitating these sessions.

    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.

    Cost: $2,150

    Duration: 6 days

    Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm (each day)

    Date:  Wednesday 9, Thursday 10, Friday 11, Monday 14, Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September 2020 (6 days)

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    Family Partnership Model Reflective Practice Workshop

    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:

    • revisit core components of the Family Partnership Model (FPM)
    • share reflections and learning from the application of the Family Partnership Model
    • reflect on and explore the new FPM Reflective Practice Handbook, including its  practice resources designed to support the implementation of FPM in practice. 
    • consider the Family Partnership Model as a framework for reflective practice in the workplace.

    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

    Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

    Duration: 1 day

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    Family Partnership Model Foundation Course Facilitator Update  

    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:

    • understand the changes to the new FPM course
    • review and reflect on content of each day , including sample facilitation notes
    • explore the use of the Reflective Practice handbook and its practice resources

    Course 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 

    Duration: 1 day

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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.