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Pasquotank DSS "Engaging Fathers, Parts 1 and 2"

April 9, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


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 help 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.
Meet the trainers:
Walter Johnson, brings over 15 years of experience working with fathers, children and families in the foster care system. He is a NC Certified Parent Educator and an accredited provider of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program. 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. He is a husband and father of three children, and currently resides in Greensboro.
Trudy A Robinson is a NC Certified Parent Educator with over 25 years of experience working with adults, youth, and families in a variety of human service settings. Trudy joined Children’s Home Society in 2011 as a foster care specialist and transferred to the education division in 2013. As part of the professional training team, Trudy provides permanency–focused training for professionals and community partners. As a parent educator, she provides educational support services to newly formed or reunited families. Trudy enjoys teaching about the
practice of “self-care while caring for others.” As part of this work, she developed a compassion fatigue training series entitled “Maintaining the Capacity to Care.” Trudy received her Bachelor of Science in Education from East Carolina University and currently resides in Winterville, NC.


April 9, 2020
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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