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How Can Our Training Help you?

You know that positively involved dads are important to the life of children, and want to see them more engaged.

The problem is you constantly struggle to get them involved. Whether it’s not having a space, resources, or programs for dads OR simply the knowledge and understanding of what dads want, you and your staff need support.

We completely understand how challenging it can be to engage dads. Especially if they are very young, have limited involvement, or other complicating factors. But there is a way, and most importantly – volumes of research confirm that dads have a significantly positive impact on the social, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development of children.

Dad Central has spent over 20 years creating research, resources, and training for family service professionals. You want to engage dads. Our training helps.

3 Steps To Engage Dads and Help Children Succeed

1. Find Your Training Needs

2. Schedule Your Training

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3. Complete Training and Reach Dads

Our Training Options

NOTE – Training fees recover costs and support resource development.
**Due to COVID-19, all training will be delivered virtually until further notice.

Our Keystone Training

My Dad Matters Certification Training Program

a) Live Virtual Training runs 4-4.5 hours.

b) On-demand training is self-directed. Typical completion time ranges from 2.5-3.5 hours.

My Dad Matters is for new and experienced practitioners who want to engage dads in their communities. The reality is that dads have different needs than moms, and you may be lacking the know-how to engage them.

Our step-by-step approach will systematically guide you in your planning and delivery of inclusive services. After completing this training you’ll know:

A) The importance of engaging dads
B) The steps to build a strong engagement action plan
C) How to assess your organization’s strengths and deal with barriers to reaching dads
D) How to develop effective community partners and networks
E) Effective ways to recruit and maintain participation from dads
F) How to develop, train and recruit staff to support dads
G) Where to find resources to support your efforts to engage dads

Learn more about My Dad Matters Certification Training here.

Facilitator Training for Super Dads Super Kids (SDSK)
SDSK – Your Plug and Play Fatherhood Programming Solution

Are you looking for an evidence based, simple to run, and low resource program that significantly supports dads engagement with their children? Then Think of SDSK as your plug and play solution for engaging dads. All you need to run an in-person or virtual program is included.

The Facilitator Training provides the research background, fatherhood insights, and key facilitation practices that will bring the eight modules to life for all facilitators. Whether a seasoned facilitator, or brand new to working with dads, this training gives you the confidence, knowledge, and support needed to run SDSK effectively.

Learn more about the Super Dads Super Kids Facilitator Training program here

Custom and Special Populations Training

Believe in Me: A Guide to Work Effectively With Young Dads

Does your centre work with teen and young parents? We often hear organizations say they just don’t know how to engage and connect with young dads. This training will help your staff know and understand how to engage with young and teen fathers.

You will learn:

– What influences young dads
– The sterotypes young dads face
– Key research findings relating to young fathers and their impact on mother and child outcomes
– The barriers young fathers face and how to support them

Contact us via the form below for more details.

Into the Circle for Indigenous Fathers

This training helps family service professionals understand how to support bringing Indigenous fathers into the circle of raising children.

Specific topics covered include:

A) Influences on fatherhood
B) Barriers to involvement
C) How the community can support fathers

Contact us via the form below for more details.

Working With Immigrant Fathers

Depending on your specific needs and population, working with fathers new to Canada can present various challenges. This training will distill best practices for working with, and supporting fathers who are new to the country.

Topics include:

– Pre-arrival experiences and the impact on fathering
– Culture shock implications
– Risks newcomer fathers face
– Insight into what fathers new to the country are looking for
– Best practices for programming or other support

Contact us via the form below for more details.

Custom Fatherhood Training

Whatever your needs, we can build a custom training or facilitation program that supports your work.

Contact us by submitting the form below to get started engaging dads and supporting families.

Upcoming Training

February 26, 2021 – Super Dads Super Kids Facilitator Training

Do you need a program that can help you engage dads and support children? Would you like to have all the work done for you, so you can just show up and facilitate ?

Then Super Dads Super Kids is your answer, and this facilitator training will provide all that you need to get started to run a proven, evidence-based, and successful virtual program immediately. Led by the SDSK program creator Brian Russell and Ed Gough, Jr., a trained SDSK Facilitator, this event combines teaching, small group discussion, and Q&A

Training Details:

Date: Friday February 26, 2021
Time: 10:30am-1pm ET, plus two x 1 hour follow-up group coaching/Q&A calls (optional, and scheduled 1 month and 3 months after training)
Cost: $149 CAD
Training delivered virtually via Zoom. Once registered, participants will receive their unique link

Bringing the 8 modules to life with best practices for running programs virtually, this training helps facilitators get the most from SDSK.

Register for training here

March 26, 2021 – My Dad Matters Training For Community/Family Service Organizations & Staff

My Dad Matters is for new and experienced practitioners who want to engage dads in their communities.

How Your Organization Benefits From Training:

You know dads are important to support healthy child development and you really want to engage them. The problem is you just don’t know HOW to accomplish that goal.

You or your organization might be lacking knowledge of father inclusive practices like:

  • What makes an effective program for dads
  • The eight guiding principles of welcoming fathers
  • How to apply the strengths-based framework to supporting dads
  • What organizational processes must be in place to successfully engage dads
  • The difference between being descriptive vs prescriptive in your programming
  • The four keys to effectively connecting with dads
  • Without this knowledge, you’ve probably tried to engage dads but weren’t successful. Or, maybe you lacked the resources to get it going.

That’s exactly why the My Dad Matters Toolkit was created.

The reality is that dads have different needs than moms, and you may need the know-how to engage them.

Our step-by-step training will systematically guide you in your planning and delivery of inclusive services. After completing it you’ll know:

  • The importance of engaging dads
  • The steps to build a strong engagement action plan
  • How to assess your organizations strengths and deal with barriers to reaching dads
  • How to develop effective community partners and networks
  • Effective ways to recruit and maintain participation from dads
  • How to develop, train and recruit staff to support dads
  • Where to find resources to support your efforts to engage dads

Training details:

Date: Friday March 26, 2021
Time: 10:30am-2:30pm ET, plus two x 1 hour follow-up coaching calls (optional and scheduled one month & three months after training)
Cost: $199 CAD
Training offered virtually via Zoom. Link emailed to participants after registration is completed

Register for training here

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