Sanders masterclass tackles complex families

A Masterclass with Triple P – Positive Parenting Program founder Prof Matt Sanders will be one of the stand-out events at next year’s Helping Families Change Conference in Sydney.

One of the world’s most beautiful cities will provide the backdrop for the conference, which focuses on the theme of helping families whose lives have been complicated by disability, divorce, mental health issues, alcoholism, extreme poverty or disadvantage.

“Prof Sanders will address the issue of working with complex families who need tailored support which is something practitioners all over the world have identified as particularly challenging,” conference convenor John Pickering said.
Registration for the conference, to be staged at the Sheraton on the Park from February 19-21, is now open with significant discounts available for those who register early.

Jointly convened by the University of Queensland and the NSW Department of Families and Community Services, the conference brings together the world’s pre-eminent researchers and practitioners in parenting and family intervention.
While attending a leading international scientific event, conference delegates will also be within easy reach of Sydney’s world-famous attractions, including Bondi Beach, Taronga Park Zoo and the specacular Harbour precinct boasting the Sydney Opera House.

Workshops will encourage class skills development in some of the most challenging scenarios that practitioners can face. Workshop topics will include working with parents of bullied children, children with intellectual impairment and children with chronic illnesses.

The 16th annual HFCC has also been designed to maximise opportunities for delegates to connect with world leaders in both research and practice in what is widely regarded as a leading international scientific event.
Among the keynote speakers is Prof Alan Hayes, director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, who will present the latest findings from his longitudinal study into Australian families, “Growing Up in Australia’’.

While Prof Hayes’ AIFS study will reveal the latest science on aspects of Australian families such as separation, divorce and couple relationships, leading international experts such as Prof Patricia Howlin from Kings College, London, and Dr Patricia Kohl, from Washington University, St Louis, will also present their work on the complexities of working with complex and varied families.

Prof Sanders will also present on the past, present and future of parenting research.

To register now to secure an early-bird discount, go to

Accredited Triple P practitioners receive a further discount to attend the HFCC.