What About Dads?

This training will explore the role of the father in a child’s life and its importance. The role of the father is particularly important in Wraparound Services based on the unique circumstances by which our clients seek our services. Engaging fathers is critical to the client/agency relationship. Participants will gain a better understanding of the historic distrust of fathers and will receive an inside look at the various reasons as to why there may be a father’s distrust of the Child Welfare system. Implicit bias and policies that have historically alienated fathers from the Child Welfare system will be explored. Participants will learn engagement strategies for cultivating healthy relationships between the father, the child, and the agency.

Topics Include:

  • K1 Understand common misconceptions
  • K2 Review research supporting father involvement
  • V1 Identify best practices, strength-based father engagement
  • V2 Identify ways to help re-engage absent dads
  • S1 Discuss “Right Now” actions

Professional Credit 
UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Approval of this course for continuing education credit is still pending at this time. If approved, the course may meet the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider number 050148. Certificates of completion will be sent to participants within 4 weeks after the course after attendance and number of credits to be received are verified. 


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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

The format of this virtual training will be on Zoom. You will receive login information via email once your enrollment has been received.