Teaching and Practice Frameworks: psychosocial, therapeutic and prevention interventions in Family Work

Stream: Poster session
Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Time: 11.45 am – 12.45 pm


The Master’s in Family studies is a new program aimed at practitioners working with families. Students come from a range of disciplines and work in many different settings. What is clear is that many of these students are practitioners working intensively with families where violence or abusive behaviours are in evidence. The Master’s program offers core courses which specifically targets these issues. Domestic and Family Violence addresses definitions of violence, interventions with women, impact of violence on children and safety planning. The Working with Fathers course includes risk assessment, motivational interviewing and ethical practice with fathers who are using violence. In this presentation we will describe the parallels and differences between these courses and test their potential to equip family workers to ensure the safety of mothers and children while engaging fathers and father figures about the issue of their violence in their families.


Lyn Stoker (Presenter), Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle
Lyn Stoker is a social worker and mediator with experience in health and community services in government and non-government agencies. She is currently developing and teaching a range of courses in the Masters of Family Studies. The courses include Domestic and Family Violence, Child Centred Practice, Responding to Risk in Family work. She also works as consultant for local child protection and out of home care and family support agencies.

Richard Fletcher (Presenter), Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle
Richard Fletcher is a senior lecturer in the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle, NSW. He has been conducting programs and research with boys, fathers and families for over 20 years and is the convenor of the Australian Fatherhood Research Network. His current research includes: Father’s role in families with PND; Young parents’ strengths; Father-infant attachment; Aboriginal fathering; Fathers of children with Autism; Using the web for parent support; and, Supporting separated parents of young children.