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Description/Breakdown of Curriculum provided by Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson, President, NPCL, Author, the Fatherhood Development Curriculum
FATHERHOOD DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM
Building Strong Families: Expanding Services to Work with Men and Fathers The NPCL Fatherhood Development Curriculum has the distinction of being the only
fatherhood curriculum recommended and used in four national demonstration projects targeting fathers from diverse backgrounds. They include the Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project; Parent’s Fair Share; The Partners for Fragile Families Site Demonstration; and The Fathers at Work Demonstration. In total, these demonstration sites represented 40 communities nationwide. In each of the four evaluation reports, the peer support component, which utilized the Fatherhood Development Curriculum, was consistently identified as “the glue” that
holds the program together. When, combined with support services such as employment, education, health, and housing, the Fatherhood Development
Curriculum provides the foundation for an effective program working with men and fathers. The Fatherhood Development Curriculum is based on real
experiences and challenges of fathers in fragile family settings. Through 25 streetwise group discussion sessions, the curriculum offers practitioners a field-tested guide to working with fathers in providing support, information and motivation in areas of life skills, parenthood, relationships (including marriage and team parenting), and health. The Fatherhood Development Curriculum also
offers a methodology for training and learning, and assessment tools. If your agency or program is grappling with how to recruit and engage men, and want more knowledge on how to create an environment that is conducive to both men and women, then the NPCL skill building workshop is what you need.
The Fatherhood Development Curriculum is based on real experiences and
challenges of fathers in fragile family settings. Through 25 streetwise group discussion sessions, the curriculum offers practitioners a field-tested guide to working with fathers in providing support, information and motivation in areas of life skills, parenthood, relationships (including marriage and team parenting),
and health. The curriculum also offers a methodology for training and learning, and assessment tools.
The 25 sessions of The Fatherhood Development Curriculum are organized
around five areas of content, as follows:
Module I: Personal Development. This Module begins with team-building
activities and continues with discussions of 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; and 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, dealing with stress, and coping with discrimination. A key theme here 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 (Working with Men and Fathers, Relationship Skills for Healthy Marriage and Team Parenting). This Module further
explores ways to communicate effectively, and considers differences in male and female styles of communication; how to have a more positive relationship with the child’s mother, exploring marriage, team parenting, how to manage anger, resolve conflicts and negotiate successful relationships.
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.