When working with youth in the child welfare system, we often find it easier to engage the youth’s mother and the maternal side of the family. Due to an array of complicating factors, the father may not be involved in the youth’s life at all. Does it matter? The facilitator of this training will motivate participants to examine personal and professional beliefs regarding father involvement. This training is designed to raise awareness about the importance of fathers, and the necessity of father-friendly practices.
Presented by Walter Johnson, Professional Trainer and Family Educator. Walter has specialized in working with fathers for over twelve years, offering fatherhood programs in settings as varied as prisons, social service agencies, and churches. Walter is passionate about using education as a tool to improve father engagement. He is a North Carolina Certified Parent Educator, with experience as a certified 24/7 Dad Train-the-Trainer through the National Fatherhood Initiative, the largest provider of fatherhood resources and training in the nation. He is also an accredited provider for Triple P Positive Parenting Program. Before working as a Fatherhood Educator, Walter served as Lead Counselor and Coordinator for Creative Development for Elon Homes for Children. Since 2013, Walter has had the opportunity to bring his passion for fatherhood to both human service professionals and family members as an educator working statewide under the Permanency Innovation Initiative in North Carolina. This initiative focuses on improving permanency outcomes for youth at risk of aging out of foster care. Walter graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, is a husband and father of three children, and currently resides in Greensboro.