The Caring Dads Model

The Caring Dads program was specifically designed from the premise that violence against women and violence against children are intricately intertwined, and that these two issues both can and should be addressed together. The program was developed in collaboration with child protective services, batterer intervention programs, children's mental health agencies, women's advocates, centers for children and families involved in the justice system, family resource agencies and probation and parole services. Furthermore, the university-community partnership at the heart of this program means Caring Dads is based on a solid foundation of both theory and practice. For more information about the independently verified results achieved through implementation of our intervention program in Canada, the UK, the USA, Australia and Europe, please see our Impact page here or download the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Report here

Professionals and organizations who seek accreditation in the practice of the Caring Dads group intervention model are typically those 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. Currently accredited professionals 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, psychologists, violence prevention educators, substance abuse counselors, healthcare workers, police officers, native leaders, clergy and military personnel.

We've designed Caring Dads to be accessible and practicable. Working with us to implement the model in your organization or community is a simple three step process that leads to rewarding, and empirical supported results.

     
     
     
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    Step 1: Tuition

    We offer both Facilitator Training (for professionals who would like to conduct Caring Dads groups), and Trainer Development (for professionals who would like to develop the skills to in turn train other Facilitators). 

    The first step for many organizations is piloting the program. The minimum requirement for offering the Caring Dads program at your organization, or as an independent professional within your community, is having a single accredited Facilitator. However, we strongly encourage co-facilitated groups and our best practice model requires at least 2 accredited Facilitators. 

    Facilitator Training Courses are 2 days in length, while Trainers attend an intensive 4 day course. Both courses have extensive post-course clinical supervision to support newly accredited professionals as they conduct their first groups or trainings. 

     
     
     
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    Step 2: Licensing

    Annual License fees support our professionals' listings on our websites, allowing our accredited partners to tap into our extensive network. Furthermore annual license fees also cover access to our online Pro-Portal where facilitators and trainers:

    Participate in our Quality Assurance and Program Evaluation system. Surveys may be administered and submitted online, and our accredited professionals receive detailed reports for every group or training they run.

    Access a host of constantly updates resources, including handouts, slides, videos, intake forms, recruitment and promotional materials.

    Consult, connect and share experiences with other Caring Dads professionals in the free forum. 

     
     
     
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    Step 3: Partnership

    The Caring Dads methodology emphasizes collaborative practice across professionals working with members of men’s families. Similarly, we work closely with our accredited professionals to support and grow their practices. Caring Dads demonstrates it's commitment to social enterprise through a system of Payments, Rebates & Royalties that reflect this supportive relationship.

    No matter your level of participation in the program, we've designed the model to be supportive and easily accessible. We're always ready to work together with you on how we can improve on this. We're also glad to work with our partners on on grants, funding applications, reporting, quality assurance, or any other question surrounding Caring Dads.