Engaging fathers in family based programs @ SYD CBD, NSW

Date: 23-Jul-2020

City of Sydney RSL, Sydney, NSW- Thursday, 23rd July 2020



This workshop allows workers, organisations or networks of services to provide more effective programs to men and families. The workshop explores the importance of the fathers’ role in family services and how programs can engage and support this opportunity. 

The workshop focuses on:

  • understanding what men might want when accessing community services
  • using strengths based approaches when working with fathers
  • engaging men’s in child protection and family based programs
  • exploring skills used to work with men in a non-threatening way and modelling effective, respectful and inclusive communication when working with men
  • working with fathers to increase their engagement in their children’s lives
  • engaging fathers using the father inclusive practice and the generative framework
  • effective ways for female workers to work with fathers.

Participants receive a copy of: King, A.; Fleming, J.; Dukuly, M. (2019). Generation Fathering: Engaging Fathers in Family Based Programs. Groupwork Solutions, Sydney.

When:Thursday, 23rd July 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Where: City of Sydney RSL, Sydney, NSW, 565 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Cost: The early bird booking is $255 registration occurs before 23rd June 2020 (GST included). The fee for registrations after the 23rd June is $310.00 (GST included). No morning tea or lunch is provided for this workshop at this venue. Participants can purchase refreshments at multiple shops in the near vicinity.  

To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.


Facilitators: David Nancarrow

David has worked for the last 17 years in a range of professional roles. He has extensive experience in working with the Education Department and working with school social behaviours and anger management counselling. As a mediator, David has worked with clients who had high levels of conflict, domestic violence and relationship breakdowns. This led him to develop the ‘Core Value’ therapy for anger management, conflict and mental health issues.

He has spoken several times at the Australian International Mental Health Conferences about the success of this therapy. He is passionate about delivering and training professionals in Father Inclusive Practice. He has developed programs for the Education and Youth Justice Department, called ‘My Path’ which is a social behaviour program for teenage males who are not attending school.

As a child consultant David specialized in symbol and sand tray therapy for children of separated families. He has managed a Mental Illness organisation which utilized the Boston Model of Recovery for mentally ill clients. Also, he is the author of two books, ‘What’s for Tea Dad’, a fun interactive cookbook for first time dads and ‘Honey I am Pregnant’, a manual for first-time dads. Both are available as free e-books.

Currently David works delivering Mental Health and Wellbeing training for OzHelp Tasmania and the business sector. David’s goal is to help equip people to be mentally and emotionally healthy to have successful and lasting relationships with themselves and others.


Feedback from previous workshops

We collect feedback from participants at the conclusion of each workshop we facilitate. You can find summary data on our feedback page. Some of the feedback collected from 496 participants between 2009 and 2018 in Groupwork Solution’s long-running Engaging men in family based programs workshop includes:

“Your energy is amazing – it kept everybody going. Your knowledge and passion of the topic shines through.”

“A comprehensive guide to the important differences in engaging mums and dads.”

“This course will allow me to make practical suggestions in future planning for engagement of dads in our program. “

“David was wonderful and knowledgeable. I would love to train with him again.”



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