Family Partnership course information

The Ministry of Social Development is announcing a training opportunity – Family Partnership Training - for those who work and / or live in the Hurunui and are contributing to the Hurunui population Outcome: “All people living in Hurunui are valued and connected” .

Please refer to the information below about Family Partnership Training. It is a 5 day commitment, one day per week for 3 weeks followed by a final consecutive 2 days .

There is no cost to attend this training as MSD has funded Te Runanga O Nga Maata Waka to organise up to three Family Partnership courses in Canterbury in 2015 and will arrange the facilitation, resources and other associated costs.

The Hurunui Family Partnership Course has a limit of 14 participant places so first in first served.

“When I respect you, I believe in your ability to do it.”   Professor Hilton Davis

Tena koutou katoa. Welcome to Family Partnership training, a skills development course for anyone who wants to provide the best possible support to families.

About Family Partnership

The Family Partnership Model was developed by Professor Hilton Davis and colleagues in England. It is based on their many years’ experience of working with families with young children. It arose from research highlighting parents’ concerns about professionals not listening to them, and not treating them with respect or as individuals with their own strengths and skills.

Family Partnership is about working in a genuine and respectful partnership with families to address their needs. It acknowledges that when you build trust with parents and caregivers, you enable them to talk openly about any concerns they have about their parenting and their relationships, and get help earlier.

Family Partnership is internationally recognised and evidence-based, with research showing benefits including improved outcomes for families and children.

What to expect from the course:

Family Partnership training approach is very practical and interactive. You will learn through active discussion and by practising your skills in a supportive environment while getting constructive feedback.

The course is held over five full days with morning and afternoon sessions.  While the course is not assessed, it is important that you attend every session to gain the most benefit from the training. To receive a certificate of completion you will need to attend a minimum of four days (eight sessions).


Each week, homework is set to consolidate and explore your learning. This should take no more than a couple of hours a week.  Each session generally starts with discussing and reviewing homework from the previous session. This is followed by a workshop in which the session topic is explored, after which you will break into smaller groups to practise key skills.

Morning tea and lunch is provided. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know.CPCS Logo

Training endorsed by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society and the Centre for Parent and Child Support (UK).  Provided with support from Family and Community Services.


Family Partnership training:  Hurunui Community and Social Services   

2015 Course dates

Date(s):               Thursday 14, 21, 28 May, Wednesday 17 June, Thursday 18 June

Time:                   9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Venue:                 St Johns Anglican Church

Address:               TBA

Facilitators:           Kim Chamberlain and Claire Dowdall                      

If you have any questions please contact:

Kim Chamberlain  or Claire Dowdall 0292006390

Course content outline:


Day One (Thursday 14 May)                                    

Day Two (Thursday 21 May)

Day Three (Thursday 28 May)

Day Four (Wednesday 17 June)

Day Five (Thursday 18 June)

To register please send an email to no later than Wednesday 6 May 2015 at 5pm.

­ Name
­ Agency (if appropriate)
­ Contact details
­ Confirm that you work and / or live in the Hurunui Area; that you have your employer’s agreement to attend, your reason for applying and commitment to the Hurunui community outcome work.

Once you are enrolled, Kim and Claire will ring you to introduce themselves and the course.