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 FWT+DP Annual Report 2016

Posted 22/09/2016


AGM invitation


Please join us on Wednesday 21st September for breakfast and special guest speaker

Professor James Arvanitakis

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Why grow a learning organisation?

What are the benefits of investing in the personal and professional development of community workers, and how does it contribute to building socially just, ethical and inclusive programs, agencies and communities?

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Lily’s Function Centre, Quinn Avenue, Seven Hills



RSVP essential by 14/09/16 for catering purposes at http://fwtdpcrm.vascrm.com/portal/event

Break the Cycle


Break the Cycle is a short documentary exploring the need for attitudinal change to stop domestic and family violence. Using the Blacktown Ride for Awareness and White Ribbon Breakfast as a backdrop, this film uses men’s voices to raise awareness of the need for all community to take action and support change to end violence against women.

“We hope Break the Cycle will be used to increase knowledge and awareness in the community of the issue of violence against women and their children and inspire community members to challenge and change attitudes and behaviours that create the underlying causes of domestic and family violence” co-producer/ co-director Catherine White.


Training Calendar is available NOW

Posted 1/9/2016

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FWT+DP aim is to enhance and develop the skills and knowledge of workers, to assist them to support children,families and communities living in a diverse and changing world. 

FWT+DP has identified its role in contributing to the overall result of safe, healthy, resilient (and inclusive) children, young people, families and communities as increasing the capacity
of workers and the service system to provide children,families and communities with quality support.

To see the diverse range of training on offer please have a look at our online interactive calendar – it contains information about events plus google map with event location. *A PDF version of the FWT+DP training calendar (updated monthly) can be downloaded from every page within the online calendar. *look out for Events at Special Prices!!

Healing Forward Conference

Posted 26/6/2016

We thank you all for attending the conference. The conference has achieved its goals of bringing workers from different sectors together to  better support  individuals and their families living with mental health issues and to increase  our knowledge about the recovery model and trauma informed practice.

 We learned that the  concept of recovery is about individuals staying in control of their life despite experiencing a mental health problem. Putting recovery into action means focusing care on supporting recovery and building the resilience of people with mental health problems, not just on treating or managing their symptoms.

During  the two days we heard a lot about the guiding principle ‘Hope’ -€“ the belief that it is possible for someone to regain a meaningful life, despite serious mental illness.

Day 1 Dr Smith-Merry talked about the many aspects of Recovery. A consumer & carer panel talked about the importance of hope and shared their stories with us. Plus there were a diversity of project showcases & Masterclasses.



Day 2 Dr Phillip Hilder spoke to us about the history of treatment models, honoring identity, sharing power and the need to dignify our clients & each other. Services showcased their projects including the ‘Art as Therapy’ Workshop


Bill Campos, Head of Mental health Services WentWest attended both days. Bill opened the conference and ran some sessions.



Triple P Newsletter April Issue

Tripl P Newsletter May 2016

This latest issues explores the issue of childhood bullying. We will discuss what is bullying and how to help the child who is being affected.

Click here to read the last Triple P Newsletter for 2016

Back issues can be found on the Triple P project page  http://fwtdp.org.au/triple-p

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June

posted 19/4/2016

The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

Anyone can get involved in NRW. Events are held right around the country—in schools, offices, parks and community centres. Holding your own event is easy.Visit the NRW website for a list for ideas of things to do and what’s  on.


 “Sharing Our Stories” Resource available now!

Posted 01/09/2015

Sharing our Stories

The ‘Sharing our Stories’ resource was developed for professionals and organisations to assist them to begin, or continue along their journey towards improving access for Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.

The ‘Sharing Our Stories’ DVD is intended to be viewed individually or in a team setting to promote reflection and lead discussions that are focused on the various stages and elements that are key to this journey. A reflection worksheet has been developed to assist you to get the most out of the resource. Click here to go to Resource


 Father Inclusive Practice E-Learning Development Series

Posted on 15/09/2015


Family Worker Training + Development Programme has developed an on-line Father Inclusive Practice Learning Program that allow participants to work through four training modules at their own pace.

Module One describes why we should be more father inclusive. Then Modules two to four you will look at how we can achieve the aim of father inclusive practice. Click here to go to the Father Inclusive online training


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