• Generative Fathering: Engaging fathers in family based programs


    Generative Fathering is a guide for practitioners to improve their engagement and work with fathers in community services, social work, psychology, counselling, domestic violence and health contexts. Using a strengths-based (non-deficit) approach, this book explores the pivotal role of fathers within their families’ life, and how this can be harnessed to enhance family well-being. Generativity, referring to the sacrificial caring or support provided to a significant relationship or the next generation, is explored and presented as a framework that can best guide strengths-based practice in working with fathers. Generative Fathering provides practitioners with a framework to deepen father-child engagement and work collaboratively with men while addressing the challenges that can threaten these relationships.



    Chapter 1: Why consider fathers

    Chapter 2: Advantages of involving fathers

    Chapter 3: Valuing fathering – A non-deficit approach
       An alternative perspective of fathering
       Non-deficit techniques to engage fathers

    Chapter 4: Principles for effective practice with fathers
       Four key areas for effective service delivery with fathers
       Engaging fathers at Childcare or Family Centres
       Challenges for the sector
       The Working with Fathers Checklist

    Chapter 5: Generativity - A force for change
       Introducing the concept of generativity
       How generativity works
       Generative interventions for fathers
       Challenges to generative connections

    Chapter 6: Generativity and disengaged separated fathers
       The generative fathering framework as a tool to rebuild engagement

    Chapter 7: Generativity and fathering child/ren with special needs

    Chapter 8: Generative approach and domestic violence
      The Freedom from Fear Campaign
      Focusing on the tension of generativity

    Chapter 9: Generativity and culturally diverse fathers
      Working with culturally diverse fathers
      Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers

    Next steps…

    The authors: Andrew King is a leading group work specialist and the Practice Specialist, Groupwork and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia, NSW. Dr Joe Fleming is a registered™ mental health social worker and casual academic, having formerly worked as a child protection worker and team leader. Mohamed Dukuly is a psychosocial educator, a social worker, an accredited Family Dispute Resolution practitioner and currently works with migrants and refugees in Australia.


    Cost: $38.50 (includes GST and postage in Australia)

    Please note that if the wrong address is provided when ordering, an additional postage charge may be incurred to cover the re-postage to a separate address.


    “This is a very good guide for professionals working with fathers across many health and welfare settings. It walks new pathways that encourage men to be included in family interventions and provides many useful examples of how it can be done". Professor Emeritus Thea Brown, Department of Social Work, Monash University

    "This excellent book is strengths based and offers service providers an opportunity to critique their own work with fathers and the generative possibilities that men contribute to their children’s lives". Elisabeth Shaw, CEO, Relationships Australia NSW

    “A richly informative book which brilliantly makes the case for including fathers in family-work and offers a wealth of tips and strategies for doing so". Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO, the Fatherhood Institute. www.fatherhoodinstitute.org

    ISBN 978-0-6480015-5-3 (Paperback)

    ISBN 978-0-6480015-7-7 (eBook)


    Published by Groupwork Solutions

    Phone: 0437 546 560

    E-mail: info@groupworksolutions.com.au


    154 pages

    Generative Fathering: Engaging fathers in family based programs

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