Collaborative Work with Families Workshop, August 2016

pegsWe are excited to be hosting a shared exploration of the implications of placing an ethic of collaboration squarely at the centre of our work with parents and their families.

Since our involvement in Qld’s earliest Intensive Family Based Services in the mid-90s we have maintained a strong interest in this area. Over the past few years we have been working closely again with several teams providing family support, education and counselling, often in the shadow of significant concerns about the well-being of particular family members, usually those in the family with less access to some forms of power. In these contexts, the “keenness” to engage with services is not to be taken for granted and the issue of “engagement” is key.

Recent shifts in Qld’s child protection policy and practice frameworks, away from a primary focus on assessing and managing risk and toward a greater focus on harnessing family strengths, have the potential to open space for workers to experiment again with more collaborative ways of engaging with parents and their families.

toasting marshmallowsThe workshop will be an opportunity to critically examine “reluctance” and even “resistance” as points of entry for conversations with parents about their own private concerns and values.

On the first day we will identify engagement skills for:

  • responding to ‘resistance’, ‘reluctance’, ‘minimising’ or avoidance of responsibility,
  • defining and prioritising issues/concerns in hopeful ways, and
  • developing shared goals and methods for measuring progress

On the second day we will explore ways workers committed to collaboration can:

  • help parents avoid “goal drift” and stay focused on working toward their vision & goals
  • provide feedback in constructive and empowering ways
  • prepare for and recognise signs that it is time to “transition” into a different relationship with a family

The workshop will include lots of sharing of practice stories as well as maps and tools we have been drawn to in our own work with families.

We will be hosting tquaker centrehis event at The Quaker Meeting House in Kelvin Grove, a unique venue close to the CBD in a beautiful and surprisingly peaceful setting. We are fond of this venue with its history of many small interesting gatherings.

Times: The workshop will run from 9.30 a.m. sharp till 4.30 p.m. each day

Fees: $550 (incl GST) include all materials and delicious refreshments and lunch each day.

Click here to register your interest in our 2016 Collaborative Work with Families workshop.

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