Engaging fathers in family based programs @ Hobart, TAS

Date: 30-Apr-2020

Hobart College -Sustainability Learning Centre (SLC) -  Thursday 30th April, 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, 30th April 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Where: Hobart College -Sustainability Learning Centre (SLC), Olinda Grove, Mount Nelson Tasmania 7007


Cost: The early bird booking is $275 registration occurs before 30th March 2020 (GST included). The fee for registrations after the 30th March is $330.00 (GST included). Morning tea and lunch is provided. 

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.


Facilitator: David Nancarrow 

David has worked for the last 20 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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