Caring Dads is a trademarked intervention program that is run exclusively by our accredited Facilitators. If you'd like to join the leading, international network of clinicians working in the fields of domestic and gendered violence we invite you to attend one of our Facilitator Training events which are held on a monthly basis in various locations across the globe. Check out upcoming dates and venues on the right of this page.
Who should attend?
Caring Dads Facilitator training is appropriate for any professional interested in working with fathers (including biological, step, or common-law fathers) who have who have physically abused, emotionally abused or neglected their children, or exposed their children to domestic violence, or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviors.
Our training attendees commonly include batterer intervention program group leaders, child protection workers, counselors working within child and family mental health services, victim advocates, probation officers and their supervisors and managers. Other professionals that are sometimes involved include psychologists, violence prevention educators, substance abuse counselors, healthcare workers, police officers, native leaders, clergy and military personnel.
Facilitator Training events are held over 2 days and introduce participants to the principles and values that guide the Caring Dads program. We then move into interactive training on the program material. Role plays are used to demonstrate key exercises and participants have the chance to acquire and practice skills in leading group exercise.
Topics include, among others:
Caring Dads program goals, principles and values
The need for intervention with fathers
Referral, intake and collaborative case management
Supporting community collaboration
Costs vary according to location and accreditation as a Caring Dads Facilitator is restricted to the country in which you trained. For accreditation in multiple locations please contact us. Accreditation is a once-off process, however, attendance at one Caring Dads conference every two years is strongly advised.
Course tuition includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments, as well as a hard copy of the Caring Dads program manual, and 4 hours of clinical supervision and support during your first Caring Dads group sessions.
In addition to accreditation, facilitators running Caring Dads groups pay annual licensing fees that support the development of materials needed to run group sessions, as well as ongoing updates and participation in our research programs. License Fees are paid annually based on the number of groups expected to run per year. We ask our Facilitators to self report on the actual number of groups run each year and modify payments in arrears.
Once you have completed Caring Dads Facilitator training, you become part of an international network of clinicians, and are eligible to access our online Professional Portal where you can communicate and share your experiences with other Caring Dads professionals, and access resources directly from the program's developers. The Caring Dads Professional Portal is a great place to:
- Get news and announcements from the Caring Dads team
- Consult other clinicians about challenging clinical issues
- Access resources, such as handouts, videos, intake forms, recruitment materials, and sample reports
- Have the opportunity to share resources that others have found helpful in delivering the program.