Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
Patrick Patterson, Project Manager, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Raleigh, North Carolina
Summit Session Presenter(s)
John Badalament, Director of Programs, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Fatherhood Project, Boston, Massachusetts
Fatherhood Summit Session
Research shows that children benefit when their father is involved in their lives. That involvement includes not only his presence and the amount of time he spends, but also the quality of his interactions. This session explored how practitioners can support a father’s active engagement with his children to foster healthy, positive outcomes.
Presenters discussed five basic areas of knowledge and skills that practitioners can emphasize with participating fathers. The presenters also highlighted interactive, strengths-based, and solution-focused strategies, including a tool designed to assess and encourage positive father-child interactions. Practitioners learned how to create environments that affirm fathers and build on their strengths for their children’s well-being.
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