Tag Archives: Family work

Rethinking the roles of families and clients in evidence-based practice

The principles which underpinned our approach to supporting Children and Parenting Support programs to implement evidence-based programs and practice as part of the Children and Families Expert Panel, had a large influence on how I presented evidence-based practice in the … Continue reading

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7 principles guiding my work

When I started facilitating workshops on evidence-based programs and practice as part of the Children and Families Expert Panel, I wanted to ensure that my approach was consistent with my commitment to strengths-based approaches and bottom-up community development. In planning … Continue reading

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What is evidence-informed practice?

Some authors appear to use evidence-based practice and evidence-informed practice interchangeably [e.g., 1] but other authors identify significant difference [2-5]. The main difference is in the approach to evidence. Webber & Carr [4] suggest that, in evidence-informed practice: Evidence is … Continue reading

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What are evidence-based programs?

While evidence-based practice is a decision-making process that incorporates the best research evidence, the best clinical experience and family and client values; evidence-based programs are programs that have been standardised, systematised and rigorously evaluated. According to Williams-Taylor [1], evidence-based practice … Continue reading

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What is evidence-based practice?

Although there is no universally accepted definition of evidence-based practice in social work and family work [1, 2], it is generally described as a decision-making process that incorporates: The best research evidence The best clinical experience Family and client values … Continue reading

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The Parent Empowerment and Efficacy Measure (PEEM)

I recently met with Kathryn Di Nicola (a Collective Impact Facilitator from Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University) and a team of family and community workers to discuss the Parent Empowerment and Efficacy Measure (PEEM). PEEM is a freely available, brief, … Continue reading

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Research evidence for family (and community) workers

There are a range of reasons we might want to use research evidence as family workers or community workers. A quite inadequate reason, but potentially a motivating one, is that funding bodies are increasingly expecting the organisations they fund to … Continue reading

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12 principles of a problem solving approach to conflict resolution

I’ve recently been involved with a couple of community groups experiencing conflict. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in an ongoing group that hasn’t had some conflict. A group without conflict is probably in danger of stagnation. … Continue reading

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Some good articles/links – mutual self-help parent support groups

I’m getting ready to meet with some family workers who want to explore peer support / mutual self-help groups for parents, so that’s the focus of this week’s articles. There isn’t much research evidence but the following articles all draw … Continue reading

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An open door

I’ve recently moved into a new office. Its north-facing windows look over bushland and we’re serenaded by birds through the day. I also have a desk that I can use either sitting or standing – so much better than sitting … Continue reading

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