Practitioner Training

Engaging Fathers in Parenting Programs: International Practitioner Training

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

We are running research trials evaluating the practitioner training program in the United Kindom and Canada. If you live in either country and are interested in receiving the online pracitioner training program while contributing to research informing international program development please follow the links provided in 'how do I participate'.

This online training program takes approximately two hours. After completing the training, you will be able to download a training completion certificate. The training is AASW-endorsed and can be counted towards your continuing professional development (CPD).

We have also developed Best Practice Guidelines for Engaging Fathers, a comprehensive resource to support this training program. Download the guidelines here.

How do I participate?

How do I participate?

You can access the online training immediately by clicking one of the following links.

UK training

Canada training

Other countries

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 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 issues, please find a specialised training program that focuses on these specific topics.

Who can participate?

The training is designed for:

  • Staff in Australia 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.

Australian research study findings

Australian research study findings

Research was conducted with 589 participants in face-to-face and online practitioner training in Australia. The aim was to examine the effectiveness of father engagement training for practitioners who deliver parenting interventions.

Key findings:

A brief half-day face-to-face training workshop and online training were both effective in improving practitioner competencies, organisational father engagement practices and rates of father engagement. 

Click here to view a one page summary of the results.