“The basic goal was to help participants recognize and begin to change behavior and attitudes that were counterproductive to their progress.” (p.120)
‘Bob’ [group participant]: “I learned a lot … because there was a lot of things going on that I was holding in, and peer support would help me bring all them problems that I had in me, out.” (p. 118)
― Johnson, Levine, & Doolittle42
In most fatherhood programs, group workshops are an efficient way to engage multiple men on issues of common concern, from navigating family relationships and establishing parent-child bonds to learning skills to help them take charge of their lives. When done effectively, group sessions are the “glue” that keeps men involved in a wider program and leads to powerful life changes for them and their families. Effective group programs are built on a foundation of trust that encourages self-reflection, personal sharing, peer support, and ongoing growth.