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fatherhood

engaging dads

length: 3 hours

Research indicates that an involved, responsible father significantly benefits a child’s social, emotional, academic, and financial well-being, including children with special needs.  Yet some family support practitioners focus solely on mother and baby, even when the father can be engaged in services.  This workshop explores attitudes and behaviors that prevent best practice with fathers.  Participants will understand why more dads are not involved, discuss benefits of engaging fathers, and learn strategies to connect men with their families.

parenting as partners

length: 3 hours

Children do better in homes where parents work together. This workshop explores tools that strengthen cooperation between parents whether they are in a romantic or strictly shared parenting relationship. Using interactive exercises, participants will gain confidence to help parents build communication skills.  Attendees will learn techniques that motivate parents to work together.  Participants will also increase their awareness of how controlling behavior undermines these opportunities. Handouts that can be used with families will be distributed.

protective factors for fathers: an innovative approach to engaging fathers and supporting families

length: 3 hours

This training integrates the best practices in father engagement and building parenting teams with the five Protective Factors and the Strengthening Families framework. Participants will learn how to use the seven strategies that support the Protective Factors to overcome attitudes and behavior that hinder father involvement. Participants will understand why the latest research encourages family serving professions to reach out to fathers. Participants will understand how incorporating fathers into the Strengthening Families framework supports the healthy emotional development of children and prevents incidences of child maltreatment.