SRF Program

  • Difficult Conversations: How do we have them?

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Partnerships with professionals.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Not applicable.


    Note: When selecting this item in your 2020 School Readiness Funding planning template, please select the “Family Partnership Model” menu item and clearly note in the “Details/comments” box the workshop title “Difficult Conversations: How do we have them?”

    A common concern for practitioners working with parents of young children is how to enter into a conversation with families about what is perceived as a difficult topic. Engaging parents in honest and supportive conversations can help enable change and sustain relationships.

    This three-hour workshop explores the context of these 'difficult conversation' situations and the desired outcomes. The course considers the skills and qualities required to enter into these conversations.

    Detailed Costs

    ​half-day workshop: $5057 (maximum of 25 participants); $203/person (minimum of eight and maximum of 25 participants)

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: educators.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: all materials are included in the course cost and provided upon commencement.

    Program adaptability: the provider has facilitated the model across
    Australia, and is the lead Australian collaborator with the model's UK authors. This helps to ensure that quality standards in implementation and training fidelity are maintained. The provider has recently trained medical practitioners to implement the model in Israel.

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Training requirements: completion of the Working in Partnership Workshop is encouraged, but not essential, before participation in Difficult Conversations: How do we have them?

    Implementation model: Provider can deliver training in any Victorian community. The structure and timing of the 3 hour course can be tailored to meet the specific needs of practitioners. Contact the provider to discuss specific training needs.

    Supervision/coaching: experience has shown the importance of supervision and mentoring support, through a reflective practice approach, for training participants. Provider offers this to small groups and individuals (over the phone).

    Australian experience: the program was developed in Victoria and is available throughout the state, including in regional and rural areas. To be cost-effective and meet minimum numbers, services in rural and regional areas are encouraged to pool funding and choose a suite of workshops.

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion