Many fatherhood program participants balance complicated situations and relationships. They may live with some, but not all, of their biological children; they may be an adoptive parent or step-parent; and they may have children who live in several different households. In all of these situations, children are likely to fare better if their biological parents and other caregivers are able to work effectively as a co-parenting team (McHale, J. & Lindahl, K., 2011.)
This webinar will provide an overview of strategies that can help fathers overcome obstacles and work with their co…
Working with young men in groups can be a valuable way to create space for young men to focus on their identities as fathers. However, group work can be challenging to initiate and sustain. Community groups for young men who are fathers are quite resource intensive, which may pose challenges to the third-sector groups who run them, particularly as state provision is rolled back and the third sector is being required to enter that space. Skilled workers are integral to group work where positive role models need to be carefully facilitated and toxic aspects of masculinity challenged. This…
To be a good teacher and role model for their children, fathers need a combination of parenting, relationship, and co-parenting skills. This webinar looked at ways in which responsible fatherhood programs are working to improve child well-being by helping fathers enhance their skills in those areas. Presenters discussed how the different skill sets intersect, described the work that their programs are doing with fathers, and offered tips for other fatherhood practitioners.
Elizabeth Karberg, Child Trends, Bethesda, MD
Carter Patterson, UIH Family Partners, Trenton…
Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, the psychological study of masculinity and the practice of gender-sensitive approaches to psychotherapy with boys and men has gradually become a specialty area within psychology. Recognizing that masculinity is a central aspect of men’s lives, psychologists began to study the male socialization process, socially prescribed notions of masculinity, and the psychological and social problems of boys and men (Englar-Carlson, 2006). Within this movement, a group of pioneering psychologists developed the gender role strain paradigm (GRSP) as a framework for the…
The Office of Family Assistance, through the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), provided this technical assistance webinar for all responsible fatherhood practitioners, including current OFA grantees, and other interested stakeholders.
Fathers participating in fatherhood programs are often faced by a number of personal issues that act as barriers to achieving parenting, relationship, and employment goals. One of the most significant of these issues is substance abuse. This webinar shared lessons learned from the field and tips to help fatherhood practitioners…
To provide a context for discussion of father engagement when parents separate or divorce, this chapter begins with three brief sections summarizing research on married and cohabiting couples. A burgeoning literature indicates that fathers play an important role in their children's development, a role that is often quite different than that of mothers. Further, a plethora of recent studies show that when parents have high levels of unresolved conflict, or cold and withdrawn relationships, their children are at risk for behavioral, social, and emotional symptoms, as well as difficulties…
Easy-to-read basics to help couples to build a strong family. Includes relationship skills, healthy habits, marriage and paternity, and sources for help. Presentation slides on CD-ROM (2010) are available for purchase, allowing for easy presentation by your staff to clients. (Author abstract modified)
This is Strengthening Young Families' handbook for couples with a new baby, in easy-to-read Spanish. (Author abstract modified)
Do dads matter in the lives of their kids? While some debate this, the research answers the question with a capital Y-E-S! Healthy Marriages, Responsible Fatherhood captures a lot of that research which shows how important fathers really are, and how marriage is the glue that bonds dads to their kids.The Healthy Marriage Series is available in print (as booklets), digital (PowerPoint, Video and Keynote) and online (YouTube and Blip.tv) formats. (Author abstract modified)
This webinar discussed ways in which fatherhood practitioners can help men understand: the impact of our own upbringing on our attitudes and approach to marriage and parenting; how different stages of marriage and child development impact a relationship; ways to balance the needs of your children with the needs of your wife; essential communication and conflict resolution skills; and, strategies to deal with the inevitable stresses of family life. (Author abstract)