Fatherhood Engagement is a crucial and important aspect of the work performed by social workers however, engagement of fathers is an often neglected aspect of the work. In a recent review of cases in one office working with fathers, it was shown that fathers were not engaged in more than 70% of the open cases.
The purpose of the Fatherhood Engagement Training is to articulate to social workers the importance of not only engaging fathers but working with fathers beyond engagement, viewing fathers as possible placement options and identifying paternal family resources for children in DCF custody. This training emphasizes:
It was shown that fathers were not engaged in more than 70% of the open cases"
Potential barriers to father engagement.
Workers personal biases towards fathers.
The positive impact that involved fathers have on their children’s lives.
Discussion on how fatherhood work is permanency work.
When fathers are engaged, children have a better chance of not remaining in DCF care for extended amounts of time.
What the training addresses
This training will also address social workers views of fathers, concerns as it pertains to fathers abilities to parent effectively and fear associated with making a mistake in placing a child with his or her father.
This training will also address social workers views of fathers"
Discussion topics will include:
Positive & Negative characteristics of a father.
Fatherhood Engagement Definition.
Different types of fathers involved with systems.
Why it is important to engage fathers.
Fatherhood Involvement Facts.
Cultural Norms-How we see and relate to fathers.
When and where to engage fathers.
Potential barriers to engagement.
Barriers to engagement discussion.
50 Barriers to Father Engagement.
How do we engage fathers?
21 Levels of Fatherhood Engagement.
10 Steps to Working with Fathers Beyond Engagement.
Morning portion will incorporate the lecture. The morning lecture session will be from 9:00 to 12:00 pm/ break will be from 10:45am to 11:00 am. Lunch will be from 12:00 to 1:00- at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for the Simulation Portion / break will be from 2:45 pm to 3:00 pm.
The afternoon Simulation Portion will require social workers to role play and participate in the Simulation Training. The facilitator will present the group with 5 case scenarios, the participants will be broken up into groups to experience the simulation training. The skills they received in the morning lecture portion will be applied to the afternoon simulation portion of the training. Actors will be utilized for this training.