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AASW (WA) Engaging with Fathers in Family Services

Event Details
Date: 23 May 2018
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: Western Australia
CPD hrs: AASW Members can claim CPD Hours under Category 2 : 1.5 hours

Registrations (limit 40 places)

Member: $10
Non-Member: $20

Organiser: AASW WA Branch
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AASW WA office

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Working with Fathers and Families Seminar - Dr Joseph Fleming

Rural Members- Please register for this event on the event page.

Dr Joseph Fleming, will be running his second seminar with the AASW WA Branch, on "Engaging with fathers in family services: principles, research and practice". This seminar allows workers, organizations or networks of services to look at how they can provide more effective programs to men and families. The seminar will explore the importance of the fathers' role in family services and how programs can engage and support this opportunity.

This seminar demonstrates the use of a wide variety of generative exercises. These exercises focus men on active and practical ways of being in the world and having an influence and impact on others. Each participant receives a detailed copy of all exercises. The interventions are divided into three categories:

  1. Generative awareness exercises
  2. Generative relationship deepening exercises
  3. Generative impact expanding exercises

The Generative Approach: Using the skills with men and fathers

Generativity has been extensively applied to understanding healthy ageing, drug and alcohol recovery, supporting carers and fathering. People’s lives are often better off when they impact on and mentor others, learn from them and are also influenced by them in positive ways. An important part of generative fathering is enlarging a ‘sense of self’ to include the next generation and committing to care for them. Generative fathering is consistent with healthy men’s development. Meeting the needs of the next generation is grounded in the ability of men to master their own family adjustment needs.


Dr Joseph Fleming
Joseph has over 23 years of experience in social work. He has a special interest in working with people and communities that are often described as 'hard to reach or engage'. Joseph is passionate about research and is a published author and has presented at numerous seminars and conferences. He is currently a Specialist Team Leader - Intensive Family Services - Contract with Uniting Care West. He has had significant experience working in regional areas in WA and the NT. Joseph is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, a member of the Australian College of Social Workers and obtained his Post-Graduate Bachelor of Social Work, UWA (1994), Master of Social Work from Monash University(2000), Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University (2013).
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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers