A 12-WEEK TRAINING FOR FATHERS THAT WANT TO BE BETTER DADS
Registration is FREE but REQUIRED!
The Fathers’ Support Group will help you to engage fully, effectively, and responsibly in your children’s lives. We will help you build relationships with your children that are healthy, nurturing and consistent. The Fathers’ Support Group classes teach the concepts of appropriate expectations, the development of empathy, understanding your child’s emotional needs, appropriate parenting roles, as well as how to support appropriate independence in children. Each Fathers’ Support Group session is 12 weeks long which includes pre & post assessments for this validated, evidenced based curriculum in order to provide measurable outcome data.
The Fathers’ Support Group Benefits
Through our community and agency partners, we have developed a “Fathers’ and Family Stability System of Care” referral service to benefit our group participants.
- Faith and Community Based Services
- Legal Aid Services
- Health and Dental Services
- City and County Programs
- Richmond Department of Social Services Programs
- Child Possible Modification
- Employment-Direct Employer referrals
- Career and skills training
Fatherhood Development Curriculum
The Fatherhood Development Curriculum is based on real experiences and challenges of fathers in fragile family settings. The curriculum offers support, information and motivation in areas of life skills, parenthood, relationships (including exploring marriage and Co-parenting), and the importance of health. The NPCL Father Development Curriculum has the distinction of being the only Fatherhood Curriculum recommended and used in four national demonstration projects targeting fathers from diverse backgrounds.
The Fatherhood Development Curriculum is organized around five areas of content, as follows:
Module I: Personal Development
This Module includes team-building activities and incorporates interactive session on values, manhood and self-sufficiency. Fathers are encouraged to consider their own values and how they communicate them to their children, messages that society and their own families send them about what it means to be a man and a father. This module also covers how close they are to being able to take care of themselves and their children independently.
Module II: Life Skills
This Module includes skill-building sessions on communication, decision-making, and dealing with stress. A key theme in this module is that the ability of individuals to live satisfying, productive lives depends largely on their effectiveness as communicators and decision-makers.
Module III: Responsible Fatherhood
(Working with Men on Parenting Skills). This Module is the heart of the curriculum, focusing on the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children. Topics covered include the roles and responsibilities of fatherhood, the impact fathers have on the way their children develop, what to expect from children at different stages of development, how to have a positive influence on children, how to handle the daily needs of children, and how to discipline children in an effective way. There is also a session that explains how the child support enforcement system works, and provides a forum for developing strategies to successfully navigate the system.
Module IV: Relationship Skills
This Module explores ways to communicate effectively and considers differences in male and female styles of communication, how to have a more positive relationships, and how to manage anger and resolve conflicts. Thus, helping Fathers and Mothers work more cooperatively and effectively together to raise their children.
Module V: Health and Sexuality
This Module emphasizes awareness of potential health problems, suggests ways to take charge of one’s own health, replaces myths that men may hold about sexuality and substance abuse with facts, and provides skills for reducing sexual risks.