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FACILITATOR’S GUIDE FACILITATOR’S GUIDE Table of Contents 3 Introduction 6 Doctor Dad™ Logic Model 7 Conceptual Development, Philosophy, Values, and Principles of the Doctor Dad™ Workshops 12 Facilitating Doctor Dad™ Workshops 15 FAQs 17 Workshop Description and Format 21 Getting and Keeping Fathers Interested 26 Evaluating the Doctor Dad™ Workshops 28 Appendix National Fatherhood Initiative | www.fatherhood.org DOCTOR DAD™ WORKSHOPS 2 FACILITATOR’S GUIDE Introduction Fathers make a unique and invaluable contribution to the well being of children. A father’s interaction with his children promotes healthy physical, emotional, social, and spiritual development. Most fathers want to be the best father that they can be. But all too often, men grow up without a healthy role model of a father. Consequently, many fathers have the desire, but may have not the knowledge or skills, to promote health and safety for their children. Mothers receive months of prenatal care before the baby arrives. They are educated about how to best care for themselves and their baby. Moms and dads go through child-birth classes to prepare for the new arrival, but what happens when the baby comes home? None of us gets a manual that outlines essential health and safety information needed to care for our children. Even though there isn’t a manual, father can take a Doctor Dad™ workshop to improve their parenting skills in the areas of infant and toddler health. Fathers learn “the basics” to promote health, to identify and treat illness, and to prevent injury. In doing so, it addresses one of the most pressing issues that faces our nation in improving child well-being — reducing the risk factors associated with infant mortality. While the workshop targets infant and toddler health, fathers learn skills that they can build on as their child grows. FATHERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE: THE “FATHER FACTOR” IN CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND IN REDUCING INFANT MORTALITY Is there a need to provide dads with instruction on how to care for their infants and toddlers? You bet there is! Taking care of children’s health has always been thought of as a “mother’s domain” in our culture. Our government and public and private healthcare systems have reinforced this social norm with services directed almost exclusively at maternal and child health. The good news is that more dads are taking care of the daily needs of their infants and toddlers, either by choice or circumstance. But this trend presents a challenge for families and our society because many healthcare professionals haven’t acknowledged it and identified strategies to help dads succeed in this arena. Until recently, little attention has been paid by the medical community to a growing body of research that shows that children are healthier when fathers are involved during the perinatal period (the time before and after birth) and the daily care of their children’s health and safety. NFI calls this body of research the “father factor” in children’s health. The “father factor” in children’s health starts in the perinatal period and continues into young adulthood. The health of children certainly begins with the health of mothers (e.g. her level of nutritional intake when pregnant), but it is optimized when fathers are involved from conception (i.e. more than a sperm donor). Consider just a few facts that research has shown to be the invaluable contribution of involved dads to the health of children and moms. While numerous studies have shown the significant impact that dads have on a child’s life, the father’s role and the significance of paternal National Fatherhood Initiative | www.fatherhood.org DOCTOR DAD™ WORKSHOPS 3 D CHILD DOCTORDAD™ LOgic mOdeL DOCTOR DAD LOGIC MODEL D CHILD prObLem inputs/Activities Outputs OutcOmes • One in three children in the ™ • Facilitator conducts one or • Doctor Dad Curriculum: Increases: U.S. grows up without his or more Doctor Dad™ workshops Doctor Dad™ Facilitator’s • Increase in fathering her biological father. that help expectant or new Guide1 knowledge, skills, and D • Lack of father involvement fathers to care for the health Doctor Dad™ Workshop attitudes related to health and CHILD and safety needs of infants increases the risk that children safety of infants and toddlers. Guide2 and toddlers. will suffer from a range of Doctor Dad™ Father’s • Increase in healthy, pro- social, emotional, and physical • Expectant or new fathers Handbook2 bonding contact with infants ills. complete the pre and post- and toddlers. • Lack of father involvement Evaluation Tool / Pre and survey(s) that measure the Post-Survey 2 impact of workshop(s). • Increase in the frequency with D during the prenatal and which fathers interact with CHILD postnatal periods increases the • Fathers use the Father’s Marketing Posters, Flyers, their children. risk of negative maternal and and Postcards Handbook(s) during the child health outcomes. workshop(s) and to refer to • Increase in shared parental after they complete the responsibility for health • Fathers who do not understand workshop(s). care needs of their children National Fatherhood Initiative | www.fatherhood.org the basic health and safety between mother and father. needs of their children raise • Expectant and new fathers D the risk that they will not form participate in activities during CARE the foundation they need to the workshop(s) that reinforce be involved, responsible, and learning objectives and that Decreases: committed fathers. increase the frequency with • Decrease in unhealthy • Fathers who do not understand which they interact with their knowledge, skills, and the basic health and safety children because the activities attitudes related to health and needs of their children place build their self-efficacy. safety of infants and toddlers. undue burden on mothers to • Fathers might participate in • Decrease in the amount of care for the health and safety one or more of the following unhealthy health and safety of their children. supplemental activities: care given to infants and • Fathers who do not understand fatherhood programs (e.g. toddlers. the basic health and safety 24/7 Dad™) or programs, workshops, or services that • Decrease in the burden placed needs of their children lack on mothers to care for the an important nurturing address other needs (e.g. child support, education, and job health and safety needs of component to raise healthy infants and toddlers. DOCTOR DAD™ WORKSHOPS and well children. training). • Fathers who do not understand 6 the health and safety needs of their children raise the risk that 1 they will not bond well with Same for all workshops. 2 Unique to each workshop. their children. Revised 4/20/11 REvISED 4/2011 FACILITATOR’S GUIDE Conceptual Development, Philosophy, Values, and Principles of the Doctor Dad™ Workshops CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT The concept for Doctor Dad™ was developed in 1999 by public health nurses and community organizations in Pennsylvania that had found that non-custodial fathers were occasionally missing out on visitation when their children were sick. And when non-custodial fathers visited and cared for a sick child, custodial moms often felt uncomfortable leaving their sick infant or toddler in dad’s hands. Thus, the concept of Doctor Dad™ arose from the knowledge that many non-custodial fathers were not well equipped with the basic health and safety information they needed. These professionals birthed a simple presentation to provide dads with some of the basics. In 2001, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) staff, led by Yvette Warren MD, a family physician, transformed the concept into a curriculum and workshop for all fathers. Dr. Warren found that the information in the initial presentation was similar to the information that she presented to parents when they attended well-child checkups. Most well-child checkups occur during the first 24 months of a child’s life. Unfortunately, very few fathers attend these visits, so they did not learn the basics of health promotion. Dr. Warren was thrilled to find out how interested fathers were about the information when she presented an initial Doctor Dad™ workshop in Philadelphia to “test the waters.” NFI staff and Dr. Warren created a curriculum comprised of four workshops: • The Well Child: covers information on temperament, crying, immunizations, and nutrition. • The Sick Child: covers information on fever, dehydration, germs and viruses, and the common cold. • The Injured Child: covers information on minor injuries, burns, head injuries, poisoning, choking, and drowning. • The Safe Child: covers information on safety inside and outside the home, SIDS, gun safety, and anger management. Recognizing that men are visual and learn by “doing,” staff designed the workshops so that they leverage the way in which men learn best. THE FIELD TEST OF DOCTOR DAD™ In the fall of 2003 and into the spring of 2004, faculty of the University of Texas, Department of Social Work, worked with NFI staff to field test Doctor Dad™, training of facilitators, and delivery of the workshops to fathers. The goal of the pilot test was to determine whether National Fatherhood Initiative | www.fatherhood.org DOCTOR DAD™ WORKSHOPS 7
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