Practitioner Training

Engaging Fathers in Parenting Programs: National Practitioner Training

Engaging Fathers in Parenting Programs is a national, voluntary, free training program for staff aiming to improve skills for engaging, working with, and retaining fathers in parenting services or interventions. 

There are two training options. Online training takes about 2 hours, and face-to-face training takes about 4 hours.

This training program is only available as part of a University of Sydney research study. All we require is that you complete some questionnaires about the training before and after participating. By doing this, you will be helping us to evaluate the program. 

After completing the post-training questionnaire, you will be emailed a training completion certificate. The training is AASW-endorsed and can be counted towards your continuing professional development (CPD).

After completing the follow-up questionnaire (two months after training), you will be emailed the Best Practice Guidelines for Engaging Fathers, a comprehensive resource that we have developed to support this training program.

Who designed the training?

Who designed the training?

The training has been developed by a team of psychologists and researchers at the University of Sydney. The training is part of the Like Father Like Son project, which is proudly funded by the Movember Foundation. Find out more about the project.

What will the training cover?

The training will cover topics such as:

  • Research Background on father engagement
  • Current barriers and obstacles to father engagement
  • How to positively engage with fathers
  • Building confidence in managing conflict
  • Planning for future father-inclusive practice

What is not covered in the training?

This program focuses on general engagement strategies for fathers. This program does not address techniques on how to manage specific high risk issues such as domestic violence, substance use, and significant mental health issues. If you are interested in finding out more about how to manage these high risk issues, please find a specialised training program that focuses on these specific topics.

Who can participate?

To participate in this project you need to meet the following inclusion criteria:

  • Staff working in services or organisations that deliver parenting programs. This includes practitioners who work directly with families as well as other support staff (such as administrative staff, managers, etc.) who do not work directly with families.
  • Aged 18 and over
  • Live in Australia

Online training

Online training

You can access the online training immediately by clicking the below link.

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Face to face training

Face-to-face training

If you are interested in participating in face-to-face training click the link below to read more. 

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