White Ribbon Fatherhood Workshop

Fathering today is different to how you were fathered. Come along to this interactive workshop with White Ribbon Ambassador, Andrew King and explore perspectives on the role of fathers in households, maintaining caring, respectful relationships and the importance of team parenting. Both men and women are welcome to attend.

Andrew King, is an acclaimed expert on fatherhood and working with men. Andrew will share his knowledge and perspectives on fathers maintaining caring, respectful relationships with their partners and children; normalising the role of fathers in household and caregiving duties; and as influential positive role models, to stand up and speak out to prevent violence against women.

This workshop will use a strengths-based approach which relates respectfully with men and builds on a father’s innate desire to be a “Good Dad”: to be actively engaged, and have caring and connected relationships with their children. Participants through activities and exercises will feel empowered and motivated to reflect on gender equality, the expression of masculinity and gender roles; and to brainstorm ideas to make life better for their children and the community.

White Ribbon’s Fatherhood Program engages with and influences men – fathers, soon-to-be fathers, and father figures – as positive role models for future generations. For many men, fatherhood is a time of transformation that inspires development of strong life-long bonds with their children, and adoption of more gender-equal attitudes and behaviour towards women.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, and is committed to promoting gender equality and creating a new vision of masculinity. As part of this global movement, White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to creating an Australian society where all women can live in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.

Learning Outcomes: Understanding of the impact of involved fatherhood on men and its importance to families. Confidence to take greater responsibility, share caregiving, and develop stronger relationships. Ability to accept gender equality, challenge social norms and prevent violence against women. Knowledge of positive father-child interactions on enhanced health and wellbeing of children.

Tutor: Andrew King

Andrew King is a leading group work specialist in community services, counselling and health. A respected author of multiple text books and training programs, he has devoted a large part of his career to group work and working with men, fathering and domestic violence. As a research practitioner Andrew is known for his focus on generativity and sharing his knowledge using a strengths-based approach. He is a White Ribbon Ambassador and  has published a range of articles on group work leadership in the Australian context and facilitates national and international training workshops. Andrew is currently the Practice Specialist, Groupwork and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia, NSW. He is a devoted husband and father of two daughters. Andrew is the co-author of the recently published book ‘Generative Fathering: Engaging fathers in family based programs’.