Category Archives: Families & parenting

Evidence-based programs in rural family services

In Australia and elsewhere, government and other funders increasingly require family services to adopt evidence-based programs. For example, Communities for Children[1]—a federally funded program in 52 disadvantaged communities across Australia with a focus on improving early childhood development and wellbeing … Continue reading

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Updated post on bottom-up community development

My blog has been going for over seven years so I’ve started updating some of my older posts. Today I’ve updated a post I originally wrote in 2014 about bottom-up community development. It starts with a quote I love from Melinda … Continue reading

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Strengths-based practice: more than being positive

In strengths-based and asset-based approaches to family and community work we focus on strengths, aspirations and potential rather than problems, needs and deficits by, amongst other things: Consciously looking for the strengths and potential of the people, families and communities … Continue reading

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Updated post on complex problems

I just completed a major update on my post “What are complex problems?” You can find it at https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/complex-problems

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Special days and dates for families and communities – 2018

There are many international and national days/weeks that focus on issues facing families and communities. The following are some of the more significant ones in 2018. Please let me know if I have missed any important ones. (While most of them … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage – finally it’s done!

Yesterday was a historic day with the Australian Parliament overwhelmingly voting in favour of same-sex marriage. Our family watched it live on TV and to see 130-140 Members of Parliament voting YES with four lonely figures voting NO was a wonderful … Continue reading

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Update to my introduction to community engagement

I’ve just updated my introduction to community engagement. As always I’d welcome any feedback or thoughts.

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A video and some tips on family engagement

This is a useful short video (produced by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health) introducing some key concepts relating to engaging families. While its focus is child and youth mental health, it is just as … Continue reading

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Conflict resolution and nonviolence workshops with young people

This paper was originally published in 1999, but is still quite relevant. SINCE 1994, the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and Help Increase the Peace (HIP) have conducted workshops in Newcastle on conflict resolution and nonviolence with adults and young … Continue reading

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My response to the campaign against same-sex marriage

As I said in the previous post, to me the YES case in the same-sex marriage postal vote is largely based on love, acceptance and justice, while the NO case is largely based on fear, exclusion and poor logic. Much … Continue reading

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