This webinar explored trauma-informed principles and look at their relevance for work in fatherhood program settings. It is likely that many participants in fatherhood programs have been exposed to trauma, perhaps as a result of violence in their families or communities; experiences before, during, or after incarceration; or as a result of military service. These experiences can impact key executive functioning skills such as how you think, feel, behave and relate to others.
This webinar presented an overview of the latest two-generation research and discuss ways in which the concepts might be applied to fatherhood work. Two-generation approaches attend to the needs of parents or caregivers and their children simultaneously. Most two-generation work to date has been with mothers and their children. Although the ultimate goal of most fatherhood programs is enhanced child well-being, only a few focus directly on the needs of fathers and their children. Two-generation approaches that link services for fathers with services for children could increase program impacts and amplify outcomes for children and families. Some child-focused programs, particularly in the Head Start community, are providing services for fathers of participating children; there may also be opportunities for father-focused programs to link with established educational or health services for children.