Expanding Inclusion of Fathers in Perinatal and Early Childhood Programs: The influence of fathers on the lives and development of their children begins even before birth. Father involvement favorably impacts maternal and child health in the prenatal period and beyond. In this webinar, presenters will draw on their research and practice experience to discuss strategies to expand inclusion of fathers in services during pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood. Fully engaging with all parents and caregivers is the best way to support the well-being of children. This webinar features Dr. Tova Walsh of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Darryl Davidson from the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, Calvin Williams of Lucian Families and Dr. Kevin Gruenberg of Love, Dad.
Fathers, like mothers, are vulnerable to depression in the period surrounding the birth of a new baby, and this depression can have serious consequences for children and families. In this webinar, presenters draw on their research and practice experience to discuss the prevalence and presentation of depression and other mental health challenges among new fathers, and the impacts of fathers’ mental health on parenting, family relationships, and child development. Lack of awareness surrounding fathers’ mental health presents a barrier to fathers seeking treatment. The presenters also discuss the role of child and family services providers in helping fathers to recognize the symptoms of paternal depression and the need for support.
Click here to watch one-hour webinar ( April 29, 2022)
Fathers and families have experienced many changes and disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research demonstrates that the effects of these changes have been mixed—some fathers have been able to spend more time with their children, while others have had less opportunity to do so. This webinar explores some of the ways that fathers’ roles and responsibilities shifted during the pandemic. The webinar features Tova Walsh of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Darryl Davidson of the City of Milwaukee, Derek Miller of the 4Dad Fatherhood Initiative in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Shawna Lee of the University of Michigan. The presenters discuss father involvement in childcare and support for virtual learning, as well as ways that the pandemic heightened existing challenges for low-income and noncustodial fathers. Presenters offer insights from their practice and research, and highlight the supports that fathers may need to maintain positive changes or recover from negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Child and family service organizations and providers can enhance outcomes for children and families by engaging fathers in services alongside mothers and other family members. In this recorded webinar Dr. Tova Walsh (University of Wisconsin- Madison, School of Social Work) explores the growing evidence base for programming and services that are responsive to the needs of fathers by focusing on father-inclusive programming. The webinar outlines strategies and techniques for supporting inclusion of fathers that can be applied across a range of services and service delivery models, including infant and early childhood mental health, parenting support, healthcare, and education services. Guest presenters, Kaleem Caire (One City Schools, Madison, WI), Darryl Davidson (City of Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative), and Dr. Nucha Isarowong (Barnard Center for Infant and Child Mental Health, University of Washington) highlight exemplary programs.
Father-specific parenting programs have been developed for groups including expectant and new fathers, young, low-income, and unmarried fathers. In this recorded webinar, the development, selection, and implementation of father-specific programming for different audiences were discussed. The webinar highlighted several initiatives: peer-to-peer programming for new fathers through the African American Breastfeeding Network; Dads Matter, a new intervention designed to incorporate fathers into perinatal home visiting programs; and the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, which offers father-focused legal, health, and education services, as well as parenting support, primarily to low-income African American fathers.
Click here to watch one-hour webinar (December 2, 2020)
Being able to communicate and work together with the mother(s) of their child(ren) helps noncustodial fathers to stay connected to their children. When the relationship between parents is contentious, it may pose a barrier to fathers' full engagement in the lives of their children. This webinar will provide insight into the dynamics of co-parenting relationships and noncustodial father involvement. The webinar will also address the ways that difficult dynamics between co-parents add challenges to the work of serving and supporting families, and offer strategies for service providers to support families more holistically by valuing and engaging mothers and fathers and promoting effective co-parenting relationships.
Click here to watch one-hour webinar (November 20, 2019)
In this recorded webinar, Dr. Tova Walsh, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Social Work, provides an overview of current research and discusses the development of outreach strategies and programming responsive to the needs of fathers. Three family service providers share examples from their work: Lauren Zach, Indianhead Community Action Agency (Northwestern WI); Patrick Fendt, The Parenting Network (Milwaukee, WI); and Darryl Davidson, City of Milwaukee Health Department Men's Health Unit. This webinar is supported in partnership with the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Click here to watch one-hour webinar (March 27, 2019)
In this recorded webinar, Dr. Tova Walsh, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Social Work, shares insights from the rapidly growing body of research on fathers’ influence on child development. Dr. Walsh highlights the important contribution of caring, involved fathers to the cognitive, social and emotional development of their children. By better understanding the distinct contributions of fathers, service providers can be more directed in supporting the strengths and skills and in communicating this knowledge with both fathers and mothers. This webinar was supported in partnership with the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Click here to watch one-hour webinar (February 20, 2019)
Fathers play an important role in children's health and development. Fathers' own health and health behavior influences the well-being of their children and partners as well as fathers themselves. This webinar provides insight into the role that fathers play in child and family health by addressing the experiences of fathers in prenatal and pediatric care settings, identifying engagement strategies for providers, highlighting strategies for promoting fathers' own physical and mental health and supporting fathers to model positive health behaviors for their children. Healthcare and child and family services providers can help promote optimal outcomes for children and families by involving and supporting all caregivers, including fathers.
Click here to watch the one-hour webinar (February 19, 2020)