As part of the NRFC’s efforts to support the responsible fatherhood field the NRFC hosts a Webinar series. Originally directed toward the Office of Family Assistance-funded Responsible Fatherhood grantee programs, these Webinars focus on a range of programmatic topics, including working with specific populations, evaluation support, and program implementation tools.
Understanding Trauma-Informed Programming
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 continued a conversation that we began with our February 2015 webinar, Let’s Talk About Mental Health, when we focused on helping fathers identify and address mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a trauma-informed approach can be implemented in any type of service setting and is distinct from trauma-specific interventions that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and facilitate healing.
Participants will improve their knowledge and understanding of:
- The widespread impact of trauma for many individuals and families.
- Signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, and staff members.
- Ways to integrate trauma-informed knowledge into program policies, procedures, and practices.
- SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Guiding Principles.
- Resources to help agencies and individuals become more trauma informed.
Let’s Talk About Mental Health
Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that one in five adult Americans (ages 18 and older) will experience a mental health problem this year.
This NRFC webinar focused on ways in which fatherhood programs can talk with fathers about mental health issues. Specifically, it provided tips on helping fathers identify and address mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues, talk about ways to address misperceptions about “mental illness,” and look at strategies to encourage prevention, resilience, and recovery.
Goals of Webinar:
After this training webinar, participants will improve their knowledge and understanding of:
- The types of mental health issues that fathers may experience.
- Assessment tools to help fatherhood practitioners identify mental health issues.
- Tips to engage fathers in reflective conversations designed to break down misperceptions and encourage prevention, resilience, and recovery.
- Ways in which fatherhood programs can develop referral networks of culturally competent providers.
- Helpful resources for fatherhood programs and fathers.
- Frank Blaney, L.A. Fathers Program, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CA
- Drs. Sophie de Figueiredo and Bridgid Conn, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA
- Joe Jones, Center for Urban Families, Baltimore, MD
- Dr. Tiffaney Parkman, University of Baltimore, MD
- Nigel Vann, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse