Social Work With Groups
The use of group interventions with parents to prevent child maltreatment and to support positive parenting has been demonstrated to be effective. This article describes an experiential group approach to working with fathers in diverse settings. The format provides both content about parenting and a context for fathers to develop their own '"voice'" as parent through a combination of leader directed parenting education and opportunities for participant fathers to build positive supportive relationships with one another. In this article, the curriculum for this group approach is described, with specific examples of resources that are used in each stage of the group. In addition, findings from an evaluation conducted with fathers in a correctional setting who took part in the program are discussed. (Author abstract)
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