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March 26, 2018

“If no one in your group is talking about it [domestic violence], you’re not addressing it.” – Lisa Nitch, House of Ruth, Maryland

For parents of teenagers and programs working with young fathers, knowing and recognizing the warning signs of unhealthy dating behaviors that can lead to teen dating violence is crucial. This is especially true in the context of a recent national survey in which 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or... Continue Reading

October 13, 2016

Effective responsible fatherhood program practitioners are aware of the various circumstances that program participants may experience.  Each father brings with him his own set of lived experiences and set of beliefs that shape the way he behaves as a father. Effective group programs are built on a foundation of trust that encourages self-reflection, personal sharing, peer support, and ongoing growth.1 A key part of building this foundation... Continue Reading

September 14, 2016

Fathers who live apart from their children often come to fatherhood programs with deep feelings of frustration, shame, and hopelessness. Many have found themselves becoming the absent dad they swore they would never be. Many of the men who participate in fatherhood programs either do not live with their children and/or do not have legal claims to their kids. Many dads also face issues around a lack of steady employment, stable housing, and a... Continue Reading

August 26, 2013

Understand that if you are on time, you are late!! You must be at least 30 minutes early in order to set the tone for your group.Be ready to welcome your participants as they arrive.  Take the opportunity to observe the body language of the group before the session begins.  Remember that body language tells you about the participant before the first words are spoken!Being a good group facilitator means more than simply knowing your subject... Continue Reading