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Greensboro "Engaging Dads…because they matter!" 2/27/2018
February 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pmFree
It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for a special two-part training on father engagement. This training will be offered by Children’s Home Society in Greensboro. The training event will be facilitated by CHS Professional Trainer and Family Educator, Walter Johnson. Mr. Johnson is a certified Train-the-Trainer educator through the National Fatherhood Initiative who has worked with dads in settings as varies as prisons, DSS agencies, and churches for over 15 years. His trainings are both fun and thought-provoking, and participants will leave inspired, with a renewed commitment to engaging the “hard-to-reach” dad.
Engaging Fathers, Part 1, An Introduction: Child welfare professionals often find it much 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.
Engaging Fathers, Part 2, Improving Practice and Policy: Engaging fathers in child welfare efforts is critical, as research has shown their involvement to be a powerful influence on positive outcomes for youth. Yet this is easier said than done. Social workers and other professionals working on behalf of youth may encounter numerous barriers to effective father engagement. This interactive workshop will examine and address those barriers. Participants are guided through strategically designed exercises to explore methods that encourage a father’s participation. This training, designed to enhance both the participants’ and the agency’s ability to effectively engage fathers, is a follow up to Engaging Fathers Part 1.