Developing Father Friendly Services – 2 day Australian Workshop

Published: 2 September 2005

This two-day workshop will discuss standards for father friendly services, based on a six-step process recently developed by Fathers Direct in the UK, and their application to working with men in Australia. A wide range of examples will be explored regarding leading edge practice for working with men.

Participants will have the opportunity to review their own programs that target men in family relationships with the opportunity to share experiences about working with men, discuss the dilemmas, generate solutions and celebrate the successes. Participants will develop a relevant set of standards for working with men in their own context based on the six-step process.

The steps are intended to: 

  • describe and disseminate best practice 
  • provide strategic development models and assessment tools 
  • stimulate higher standards in service provision 
  • reduce variations in service quality 
  • enhance the capacity of agencies to deliver effective father-friendly services

Who is this course for?

Professionals involved in the development of programs that work with men and family relationships.

Facilitators: Adrienne Burgess and Andrew King

Adrienne Burgess – International Fatherhood Consultant, ‘Fathers Direct’, United Kingdom.

Adrienne delivers fatherhood trainings and presentations all over the world. The author of many articles and policy documents (she regularly writes for the Sydney Morning Herald), Adrienne is best known for her groundbreaking Fatherhood Reclaimed: the Making of the modern father (1997). She currently divides her time between Australia and the UK, where she is Research & Policy Officer for Fathers Direct (the UK’s National Information Centre on Fatherhood).

Andrew King – UnitingCare Burnside Training Coordinator based in NSW. He has been, until recently, the Coordinator of UnitingCare Burnside Father’s Support Service in Sydney, NSW. He is the author of a number of journal articles regarding the non-deficit perspective in working with men.

Dates: Wednesday, Thursday 16 and 17 November 2005 from 9.00am to 4.30pm

Lunch is provided.

Location: The ‘Heritage Centre’, 9 Blackwood Place, North Parramatta

Wednesday, Thursday 16&17 November 2005
Cost: $231.00 (including GST)

Visit the Burnside website for information about inexpensive accommodation.

To register: To obtain an application form for this training, call Maureen Micallef at Burnside on 02 9768 6811 or email or visit the web site on and follow the prompts to Resources and Training.