Program Training in Canada

Changing Ways, the lead clinical site for Caring Dads, generally hosts 2-day Program Training for Caring Dads, twice a year (in the spring and fall) in London, Ontario, Canada.

Training is appropriate for any professionals interested in working with fathers (including biological, step, common-law) 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 trainings 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.

Program Training introduces 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
  •  Child-centred fathering
  •  Referral, intake and collaborative case management
  •  Mother contact
  •  Case reviews
  •  Supporting community collaboration

Course tuition includes 4 hours of clinical supervision, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments, as well as a Caring Dads 2nd Edition program manual.

Basic Training