Category Archives: Families & parenting

Alternate pathways for young people who have perpetrated violence

I’m excited to have been invited to join this project developed by a colleague in social work, Tamara Blakemore. I’m looking forward to building on my experience with the Alternatives to Violence Project, exploring how we can address domestic and … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), Families & parenting | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Evidence-informed practice, evidence-based programs and measuring outcomes

This post is based on a workshop on evidence-informed practice, evidence-based programs and measuring outcomes that Alan Hayes, Jamin Day and I facilitated for the Combined Upper Hunter Interagencies. The slides from the workshop are above or you can download … Continue reading

Posted in Families & parenting, Working with communities | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Bringing Alternatives to Violence Project workshops to parents and partners

One of the strengths of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops is that they can be easily be adapted to many contexts. Rather than being a set, inflexible program, AVP is based on a number of broad principles and practices … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), Families & parenting | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Families & parenting | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Families & parenting | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), Families & parenting, Strengths-based approaches & ABCD | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Families & parenting | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Families & parenting, Social change, Working with communities | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Families & parenting, Social change | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

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.

Posted in Families & parenting | 3 Comments