Andrew King

Andrew is currently the Practice Specialist, Groupwork and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia, NSW. He is a leading group work specialist in community services, counselling and health. A respected author of multiple text books and training programs, he has devoted a large part of his career to group work and working with men, fathering and domestic violence. As a research practitioner Andrew is known for his focus on generativity and sharing his knowledge using a strengths-based approach. He has published a range of books/ articles on group work leadership in the Australian context and facilitates national and international training workshops. He currently teaches Groupwork and Community Development at TAFE NSW in their Bachelor of Community Services. He is a devoted husband and father of two daughters. Andrew’s most recent book is Generative Fathering: Engaging fathers in family based programs. Generative Fathering is a guide for practitioners to improve their engagement and work with fathers in community services, social work, psychology, counselling, domestic violence and health contexts. Using a strengths-based (non-deficit) approach, this book explores the pivotal role of fathers within their families’ life, and how this can be harnessed to enhance family wellbeing. Generativity, referring to the sacrificial caring or support provided to a significant relationship or the next generation, is explored and presented as a framework that can best guide strengths-based practice in working with fathers. Generative Fathering provides practitioners with a framework to deepen father-child engagement and work collaboratively with men while addressing the challenges that can threaten these relationships. This book has brought together 20 years of research and practice and highlights Andrew’s great strength of working collaboratively with others. Feedback from others… “This is a very good guide for professionals working with fathers across many health and welfare settings. It walks new pathways that encourage men to be included in family interventions and provides many useful examples of how it can be done". Professor Emeritus Thea Brown, Department of Social Work, Monash University "This excellent book is strengths based and offers service providers an opportunity to critique their own work with fathers and the generative possibilities that men contribute to their children’s lives". Elisabeth Shaw, CEO, Relationships Australia NSW “A richly informative book which brilliantly makes the case for including fathers in family-work and offers a wealth of tips and strategies for doing so". Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO, the Fatherhood Institute.

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    commented on Andrew King 2019-05-14 20:31:43 +1000
    Andrew is a writer, a manager, a teacher, a facilitator and clearly an expert in the areas of group work, working with men and generative work. And on top of that he is a great guy, sincere, committed, passionate and has great empathy and understanding.
    commented on Andrew King 2019-05-13 10:26:02 +1000
    Andrew King is one of those rare people who is able to combine a deep understanding of the academic approaches to Fatherhood, Men, and Group Work, with the ability to engage with people from a vast array of backgrounds, with compassionate understanding.
    His ability to foster change in the personal and professional lives of the participants in the groups he facilitates is unsurpassed.
    commented on Andrew King 2019-05-12 07:57:04 +1000
    Andrew has been dedicated to discussions on fathering for over 27 years. He is at the top of his field in experience and knowledge.
    commented on Andrew King 2019-05-11 16:25:34 +1000
    I have know Andrew for over 30 years and can attest to his genuine care and commitment to people he meets in his professional work and in his life journey. Jan Delandro
    commented on Andrew King 2019-05-09 12:00:27 +1000
    An important contribution to supporting men’s sense of self as fathers and promoting father-child engagement
    published Andrew King in Men's Health Awards 2019 2019-05-09 11:57:41 +1000