Courses & Seminars
Target Audience: Expectant fathers 39 months gestation. The goal of 'Daring Dads' is to resource fathers to enable them to achieve excellence in fathering by helping new dads:
For further information regarding course dates please phone 02 4272 6677.
Daring Dads' has been developed jointly by Drs Michael and Michelle Browne, who operate a well known Medial Practice in Nowra NSW, and in consultation with Warwick and Alison Marsh, founders of the Fatherhood Foundation, based in Wollongong. Dr Michael Browne is a senior lecturer at the newly formed Wollongong Medical School, Wollongong University. The Fatherhood Foundation is a national organisation with a goal to increase the proportion of children who grow up with an involved, committed, responsible and loving father www.fatherhood.org.au The Fatherhood Foundation is well known for its work promoting excellence in fathering both in the Illawarra and across the nation.
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Fatherhood Foundation Parenting Seminar
Warwick & Alison Marsh are the presenters of the Fatherhood Foundation Parenting Seminar.
Warwick & Alison have five children, ranging in age from 26 to 14 years of age. They are the founders of the Fatherhood Foundation, a national organisation dedicated to inspiring fathers and renewing families.
Warwick & Alison have been married for 32 years and have spoken on marriage and parenting issues in many countries of the world.
The Fatherhood Foundation Parenting Seminar is designed to give both mum and dad the information they need to raise a great family. Parenting is not for the fainthearted and neither is this seminar.
The seminar is comprised of four sessions, usually held on a full day, such as a Saturday.
For more information on the Fatherhood Foundation Parenting Seminar contact the Fatherhood Foundation at 02 4272 6677 or by emailing email@example.com
GOOD TO GREAT Fatherhood Course
Good to Great is the revolutionary approach to combating a crisis in Australian fatherhood which is affecting our children. The Fatherhood Foundation, based at Wollongong Australia, is pioneering this innovative advance in fatherhood training. Ultimately this school of fathering excellence will be made available at a national level.
Almost one million Australian children are growing up in a home without their biological father. Time and research has shown that this is not the optimum environment for children to grow up in. Many children and indeed adults, carry a father-wound inflicted by careless or uninvolved fathers. Many of the men who are now fathers still feel the old wounds inflicted by their own father. The challenge is to break this generational cycle and create a better place for our children. Mothers will also reap the benefits of more involved and committed fathers. We are talking about education, support, recognition and a mutual sense of achievement for groups of men who together strive for excellence in the most important task of their lives. Men partnering together for a fathering break-through.
Good to Great is all about inspiring and equipping fathers to go to the next level as a dad. Every young child believes that his or her father is the best dad in the world. Good to Great is about preparing fathers to prove their children right, one family at a time.
Knowledge empowers people to rise above their circumstances. The Good to Great fatherhood mentoring course will provide foundational information and skills to assist men in understanding and prioritising their relationships. This course will deal with the real issues of effective fathering. Core topics addressed will include:
Structure of the course is as follows: Training will be conducted in small groups with a heavy emphasis on interactive and experiential learning. Fatherhood mentors will provide hands-on practical advice for the challenge of moving to a greater level of fathering excellence. This course will run for ten weeks. An extra week is included at the conclusion of the course for the Graduation and Family Celebration Night..
The course will commence at 7.00 pm and conclude at approximately 9.30 pm. The first hour will be allocated to a speaker followed by a question time.
The training regime will be tough and a high level of commitment will be expected and required. Entry requirements will likewise be high to help ensure successful completion of the course. Encouraging a sense of camaraderie and mateship between fathers will aid in dissemination of the benefits of this course to those fathers who are unable to undertake the training themselves. Personal recommendation is still the best advertisement.
The course will be designed around practical components or ‘field exercises’. Activities designed to bring to bear a positive fathering skill such as romancing your wife, strengthening effective communications with your children, showing appreciation of the gift and the responsibility that is fatherhood. Skills and knowledge learned or applied during exercises, together with strong peer and mentoring support will make this a challenging and rewarding learning experience.
The Good to Great training program will be modelled on the training plan of Australia’s elite Special Forces, the SAS. The SAS is recognised as one of the very best elite military forces in the world. Those who survive the training regime are the best of the best, proficient, disciplined and committed leaders. Like wise successful recruits for Good to Great must be confident, capable men, passionate for excellence as fathers and able to lead other men in the offensive against the threats posed to our children by fatherlessness, dysfunction and complacency.
Contact the Fatherhood Foundation for more information on Good to Great Fatherhood Courses.
Beyond Good to Great Course
Many men have completed the Fatherhood Foundation Good to Great Course and are looking for further inspiration, encouragement and friendship/mentoring from other fathers on the journey.
Good to Great is not a destination but a journey. We are all works in progress as fathers.
The Fatherhood Foundation will be holding refresher courses for good to Great Graduates as demand increases from fathers who want to go the extra mile.
To register your interest in Good to Great, please contact the Fatherhood Foundation:
Good to Great Facilitator Training
In order to resource fathers to be the best dads they can possibly be for their children, the Fatherhood Foundation has a strategy at a foundational level to make the Good to Great Course available to every Australian father.
To do this we must raise greater donor support in order to pioneer the Good to Great Course in other cities and regional centres.
Ideally all facilitators will complete the Good to Great Fatherhood Mentoring Course first. This is not always possible due to the constrictions of distance. The Fatherhood Foundation is willing to consider applications from possible Good to Great Course Facilitators/Trainers by taking into account their past experiences and qualifications.
The Fatherhood Foundation is offering a three day Facilitator/Mentor/Trainer Course consisting of 12 x 1 hour sessions plus extra time for discussion, trainer assessments and trainer assignments. Such a course would be held over three consecutive Saturdays, or Friday night/Saturday mornings, and would require the attendance and input from a Fatherhood Foundation representative.
Cost would be similar to other professional development courses and would require a minimum of six people in order to become a viable training opportunity.
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Fatherhood Success Seminars
A two hour seminar for fathers, keen to embark on the journey of fathering excellence.
Warwick Marsh, founder of the Fatherhood Foundation, has been conducting these seminars for some years all over Australia. At Fatherhood Success Seminars he shares the Seven Secrets for Success as a father.
Topics covered include:
This two hour seminar includes group discussion.
Paul Osborne (9 children), former footballer, currently an ARL Public Relations Executive and ABC football commentator.
Boys to Men - Rites of Passage
The Fatherhood Foundation aims to release a teaching series in conjunction with Brian Molitor of Malachi Global www.malachiglobal.org recorded on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland during one of Brian Molitor's speaking tours in Australia.
Brian Molitor is a great communicator with a big heart. He is also a big guy, 6 ft 4", with a background, in his younger years, as a semi-professional footballer and a very keen basketball player as well. In his early days he was a lumberjack and as the years rolled on he moved into corporate training as a management consultant. Brian is listed in the Who's Who of Business Leadership for his team building and corporate coaching.
Brian shared foundation principles on lifelong mentoring and the power of a plan with us. He pointed out that if you have no plan, you have no power. Brian's message is all about intentional parenting and planning for success as fathers. He also pointed out the incredible power that a father has in his ability to bless his children and to encourage them through hugs and the appropriate use of touch.
Brian told us how one man who attended seminar was powerfully affected in a positive way through his message. While Brian spoke about dads using their hands to bless their children or curse them, this man was heavily convicted of his harsh behaviour towards his daughters. He used to slap them on the face with his hands when they did the wrong thing. He realised the error of his ways, firstly apologising to his wife in tears for his bad behaviour. He then apologised to his 16 year old and then his 14 year old daughters. They were all crying by this stage and God was healing hearts in a big way.
This family had been highly dysfunctional; fighting, swearing and throwing things at each other. They required regular counselling together just to get them through each week as a family. Because of the father's apology to his wife and daughters, the family was totally restored and did not have to attend any further counselling together.
Brian's message on rites of passage was equally impacting as he shared on the profound transformations that occur through simple celebrations of manhood or womanhood for both boys and girls.
In contrast, a young male living in a society with no formal rites of passage must find his own path to adulthood. Without formal affirmation of his transformation, he vainly tries to find manhood on his own through a variety of means. Sadly, his pursuit of manhood rather than maturity will lead him down many side roads that are fruitless at best, destructive at worst.
While the two concepts, manhood and maturity seem very similar, they are as different as night and day. Manhood is bestowed upon a young male by the trusted elders (fathers, grandfathers, uncles, pastors, coaches, teachers) of his society during a rite of passage. Maturity is gained as a man grows in knowledge, wisdom and character. Manhood is a gift that we adults give to our sons. Maturity is the gift that they give back to us.
On the long flight from Africa, it became clear to me that without a rite of passage and some very deliberate mentoring along the way, each of us remains trapped within a false image of who we are. As I looked more deeply into the matter of 'growing up', I made a list of negative childish actions. Selfishness was definitely high on the list, followed by complaining, quitting when faced with a difficult situation, throwing temper tantrums, spewing threats of self-destruction, struggling with short attention spans, and demanding one's own way without regard for the needs of others.
It is clear that the lack of an intentional transition into adulthood creates a variety of problems for men of all ages. In an attempt to compensate for the lack of a transitional event, some teenage males unknowingly create their own rites of passage by resorting to violence, alcohol other drugs and sexual conquest. In the corporate world some men in leadership positions use the authority of their job titles to prove they have arrives, threatening others into submission. Like bullies who stalk junior-high schoolyards, these 'grown' men live to verbally wrestle and pin their weaker opponents during staff meetings.
Often men in their late thirties, forties, and fifties stumble into what is commonly called a midlife crisis. During this time men become consumed with a desire to search for meaning and identity in their lives. This sounds strangely similar to the vision quest that White Fox undertook at age fourteen.
In today's society men seem to have a difficult time settling into life. Many struggle with a 'Peter Pan syndrome'. They do not want to grow up, and yet they realise they were created for a higher purpose than endless play in never-never land. How sad it is to see men at the end of their lives, estranged from their families, still unsure about spiritual realities, still questioning the reason for their own existence, and still wondering if they have succeeded in growing into manhood. Just as sad to see are the countless families whose sons fall into the predictable traps along the road of life because they don't know what a man is, much less how to become one.
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