Family Works Central

Making Aotearoa New Zealand
the best place to raise children
in flourishing families

Professional Development Workshops
Professional Development Workshops

Training | Education | Inspiration

Family Works Central’s Professional Development Workshop Series supports New Zealand’s social service sector, particularly those working with children, parents and families.

Suited to those working in social service, health, education and other related industries; the Family Works sponsored workshops are run by local and international experts and thought leaders who deliver a range of practical, innovative and inspirational professional development.

Family Works Central’s mission is to make Aotearoa New Zealand the best place in the world to grow up – a place where children are safe and families flourish. The workshops support this mission by offering affordable and innovative professional development opportunities to the sector.

Upcoming workshops

Restorative Schools, Chris Straker (UK)

Sitting in circles, singing Kumbaya, threading daisies, talking about feelings… The Restorative Schools workshop examines the experience of creating a restorative school.

International restorative practice expert and teacher, Chris Straker has been at the forefront of the restorative practice in schools movement in the UK.

During this one-day workshop, a precursor to his keynote address at Relate-Resolve-Restore, the Conflict Resolution Conference, Chris will share his personal journey and ‘warts and all’ experience in restorative approaches to leadership within schools and children’s services.

Attendees will gain valuable insight into the behaviours, language and culture change needed for a restorative school.

A key element of the one-day workshop is highlighting that there is no one-size fits all approach. Instead, during this interactive workshop Chris will lead attendees on their own personal journey; participants have the opportunity to bring their own practice and experiences to the room, exploring these through practical group activities and discussion.

The details

Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Family Works, 3-5 George Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Cost: NZ $105.00 + GST per attendee

To register: phone 04 439 4976 or email Family Works Central

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More about Chris Straker

Chris was a teacher for thirty years, including three years as the English adviser for Hull City Council. He was Head Teacher at Endeavour High School for five years, balancing his time between school and the Hull Centre for Restorative Practice.

Chris left Endeavour High School in December 2010, to take up a full time post as one of the leads of the Hull Centre for Restorative Practice. During his time there, The Hull Centre was a world leader in restorative practice and its application across agencies working with families and young people.

Chris now works independently drawing on his experience to develop training in restorative approaches to leadership within schools, and children’s services. He has also worked with these agencies on strategic, city-wide, implementation.

Chris was recently appointed as the Interim CEO of the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) in the UK, who are the national association supporting practitioners and organisations across the UK.

Chris has been a speaker at national conferences across the UK; and internationally in the USA, Canada, Hungary and Australia, and he wrote the successful application to get a Comennius grant for Hull to develop restorative practice in Palma, Majorca.

In the May of 2013 Chris was asked to become an Assessor and Consultant for the Restorative Justice Council’s new RSQM award.  This sees him working with agencies and schools across the UK, to help them develop their restorative practice as organisations. Chris is also one of two assessors of the Restorative Justice Council’s new trainer quality mark.

Chris is chief author of ‘Restorative Thinking: A Restorative Approaches Interactive Toolkit Written by Teachers, for Teachers (KS3 & KS4)’ and trains secondary schools in effective delivery of this programme.

Chris has an MA in restorative justice.   His dissertation was on the development of the restorative city concept.  He has recently started a PhD in a comparison of restorative justice in the UK and New Zealand.

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Previous workshops

Positive supervision workshop
Presented by: Dr Fredrike P. Bannink of Holland

Dr Fredrike Bannink is a world-renowned clinical psychologist, supervisor, Master of Dispute Resolution, international presenter, trainer and author. In this practical, interactive workshop participants learnt the four key solution-focused questions and many practical tools to use in positive supervision.

The workshop was held in September 2016 and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

What then participants said:

  • “Everything was significant and relevant to me.”
  • “Great to feel connected with Family Works and meet others involved in the work.”
  • “I will use this practice in all aspects of my work and life.”

Read more about Family Works Central’s Positive Supervision workshop, presented by Dr Frendrike Bannink.

Click here to download the Family Works Positive Supervision workshop flyer.

Working Restoratively with Families
Interactive workshop with Jim McGrath of Ireland

Jim facilitated an extended workshop exploring the approach needed to work restoratively with families.

The workshop was held in November 2016. Participants were excited to apply their learning to their everyday roles. They said:

  • “Good day. Informative and well facilitated from an experienced and skilled practitioner.”
  • “Very enjoyable. Lots of info. Practical exercises. Awesome.”
  • “This trainer is outstanding. Best training this year!”
  • “I can use all of what I learned today in my parenting courses and especially restorative justice conferencing.”

Read more about the ‘Working Restoratively with Families’ workshop presented by Jim McGrath.

Click here to download the Family Works ‘Working Restoratively with Families’ workshop flyer.