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Transformations in Parenting New Possibilities through Peer-Led Interventions (via Zoom)

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Transformations in Parenting

New Possibilities through Peer-Led Interventions

Join us for this informative and inspiring seminar about co-designing and co-producing parenting relationships between families and services.

Guest speakers will introduce and explain the Empowered Parents, Empowered Communities (EPEC) program and how it could be delivered in the Central Goldfields Shire with community partners such as you!

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DR PAUL PRICHARD, Project Manager, Training & Development, Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

For more than 25 years, Paul has been pursuing better lives for the children, youth, adults, and families he has worked with. Paul’s career has spanned primary teaching, youth work, residential care, and the coordination, development, and management of family support, parenting, and volunteer interventions. He has extensive practice experience working with families experiencing complex needs including homeless youth, prisoners and their families, and families under statutory interventions.

Paul’s PhD thesis titled ‘Transformations in parenting: New possibilities through peer-led interventions’ focuses on the critical role parents and community members can perform in helping reconceptualise services to become more accessible to families that are service resistant.

KITRINA EDWARDS, Senior Project Officer, EPEC, Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Kitrina Edwards joined the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Training and Development team in June 2020. Her role as the Senior Project Officer is responsible for the reinvigoration of EPEC across 5 Tasmanian Child and Family Centres. Originally from Queensland, Kitrina has held a variety of roles within the health and community services sector over a career spanning 20 years; with children and families being at the very heart of her work.

ANNETTE HARWOOD, Chief Executive Officer, Kwinana Early Years Services (otherwise KEYS), Kwinana, WA.

KEYS is a current implementer of EPEC program and currently delivers the EPEC Being a Parent course (BAP). Annette has a long history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. She has specialised in child advocacy, networking, leadership, collaborative leadership, and service development.

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About Empowering Parents Empowering Communities

High-quality parenting programs are a proven way of intervening early to optimise children’s chances in life, and Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) delivers a carefully structured program in a uniquely effective way. Parents talk to other parents as a first choice when seeking information, and communication is more credible when presented by ‘someone like me’.

EPEC is a community-based program training local parents to run parenting groups (in pairs) through early years and parenting-focused services. Parent facilitators trained to work in the EPEC program are employed, supported, and supervised by a specially trained practitioner within a local community organisation.

EPEC is not just another parenting program facilitated by professionals. It is an intervention facilitated by parents that requires practitioners, and services, to embrace a culture of practice that includes parents as co-workers, co-reflectors, and co-learners in partnership with professional workers. The program brings practitioners and parents together as partners in a culture of shared practice.

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