The Children’s Trust Fathers & Families Network Protective Factors Series Rationale
Strengthening Families™ is research – informed approach to increase family strengths. It’s based on engaging families and communities in building five protective factors: Parental Resilience; Social Connections; Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development; Concrete Supports in Times of Need; and Social and Emotional Competence of Children. Research shows that when these five Protective Factors are robust in families, child abuse and neglect is decreased and optimal development of children is increased. The Fathers and Families Network (FFN) has linked the protective factors with research on father engagement to offer families a more comprehensive model of wellness.
September 22, 2017
Fathers & Social & Emotional Development of Children
Men’s Experience with Trauma
This presentation will look at how men experience trauma and the impact it has on fatherhood. Especially trauma as it relates to exposure to violence. Practitioners will learn strategies to support fathers with trauma histories, so as not to negatively impact their ability to be nurturing fathers.
October 13, 2017
Fathers & Social Connections
Men in Relationships
November 14, 2017
Engaging Fathers & Families in Clinical, Educational and Communal Settings
This training will present information and resources to support providers in helping fathers improve their own health and well-being, and the health and well-being of their children. Providers will learn how to talk to and support fathers on a wide range of topics, with a specific focus on forgiveness. Participants will explore concrete steps that aim to support them in forgiving their own fathers, mothers, or anyone that hurt them. Useful therapeutic techniques will be discussed in hope that participant’s gain an understanding of what it means to forgive and how forgiveness can be useful in engaging parents.
Charles Daniels, Fathers Uplift
January 26, 2018
Men in Recovery
This workshop will introduce the concept behind the Dad’s in Recovery Program. Participants will be acquainted with the innovative, psycho-educational curriculum drawn from the latest research and practices that empowers fathers in recovery to establish, repair, and strengthen the relationships they have with their children.
John Badalament, The Fatherhood Project, Massachusetts General Hospital
February 23, 2018
A panel of fathers will present their stories and experiences navigating the various social service systems as men. This interactive discussion will provide participants with best practices to better engage fathers at their respective agencies.
March 23, 2018
Fathers and Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
John O’Neil, Family Nurturing Center
Pernet Family Health Service, Inc.