The Fatherhood Project offers consultations to clinicians and can help plan programs for fathers.
The Fatherhood Project sponsors educational programs for clinicians in mental health, including psychologists, social workers, LMHCs, MFTs, and graduate students in these disciplines. Pending the proper organizational approvals, our workshops will provide 1 or 2 CE credit hour(s). Participants must attend the sessions in full in order to be awarded CE credit.
The Role of Fathers in Child Development
In our program, Dr. Raymond Levy offers an overview of research findings from peer-reviewed scientific journals on several aspects of fathering in relation to child development outcomes (emotional, behavioral, social and academic), including negative associations of father emotional absence, positive associations of father engagement, parenting style, and fathersâ€™ neurobiology.
Drawing from examples of empirically supported attachment interventions for parents, The Fatherhood Projectâ€™s psychologists have developed a universally applicable curriculum to teach fathering skills that are designed to improve emotional closeness and father-child relationship quality. Our team also has an adapted curriculum that teaches overlapping fathering skills to incarcerated populations, which Dr. Levy uses in his groups with fathers at the Massachusetts Correctional Institutions in Shirley and Concord. The continuing education program covers guidelines from the general curriculum that clinicians can bring into their group or individual work with fathers. Participants will learn The Fatherhood Projectâ€™s critical fathering skills and become familiar with relevant psychological concepts including intergenerational transmission, internal models of fathering, and parenting traps to avoid.
At the conclusion of Dr. Levyâ€™s workshop, clniicians will be able to: (1) summarize the importance of father involvement in regard to child development outcomes; (2) list and explain fathering skills that can improve closeness and quality of father-child relationships; and (3) utilize guidelines from The Fatherhood Project Group Curriculum in group and individual clinical services for fathers. The program can be targeted toward clincicians whose knowledge of the content is introductory, intermediate, or advanced. The content is relevant at all levels, but instruction can be refined based on the needs of clinicians in your organization.
Please contact us if your clinical group or organization would be interested in discussing continuing education options and specific details on availability of CE credit for your professional discipline(s).
Additionally, Dr. Levy is available for individual consultation with clinicians.