September 6, 2016
Thank you to Tweddle Child and Family Health Service for writing this guest post on the Working Out Dads program. Tweddle offers interventions to infants, children and their families to promote the restoration of health and wellbeing where there is distress and disruption in the infant-parent relationship.
Tweddle Child and Family Health Service are running a pilot program called Working Out Dads for men living full time or part time with their 0-4 aged children,
Some fathers are at risk of significant psychological distress and isolation during the first year after having a baby. Research shows that family violence often commences with the first pregnancy and is exacerbated in the early years with the arrival of a new baby.
What does Working Out Dads aim to do?
- Connects, supports and strengthens the capacity of dads in families, where either partner is experiencing stress, anxiety and parenting challenges.
- Helps Dads to become more resilient and supportive during the adaptation to early parenting and to promote respectful
- Strengthen attachment between a father and his child. Very early relationships build a child’s brain and impact their social, emotional and cognitive outcomes for life.
What does it involve?
This early intervention 6 week program combines 1 hour of facilitated discussion and 30 minutes of guided fitness. The program includes weekly text messages, pre and post mental health and parenting confidence evaluation, handouts and online resources. The program spans the topics of parenting, relationships, mental health, fitness and wellbeing.
The fitness element of Working Out Dads motivates ‘strong minds: strong bodies’ and both the men’s group work facilitator and the fitness facilitator work closely to deliver a powerful message. Working out Dads provides a soft entry for dads – they can just say they are going for a work-out. This is crucial to getting men engaged.
This program is operating across Wyndham and Maribyrnong and is seeing excellent results. It is supported by North Western Melbourne PHN and the City Of Wyndham.
Tweddle are currently recruiting for the final term in Maribyrnong and have two programs remaining in Wyndham.
For more information about the next term visit www.workingoutdads.org.au or phone LeAnn Williams on (03) 8387 0649
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