Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy
About This Program
Target Population: Fathers from age 14 to 80 in any aspect of fatherhood: married with children, non-residential/custodial, single, addicted, impoverished, incarcerated, teenage, military, step, stand-in, or about to become a father
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17
The intent and purpose of the Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy is to systematically engage men in the embracement of values that are life-giving and life-sustaining, for the benefit of themselves and their families. It is a multicultural educational class for fathers and fathers-to-be, which teaches the basic fundamentals and essentials of fatherhood referred to as Life Values. Fathers are given the tools and the process to create their own personal visionary plans, which can be directly implemented in their homes and relationships.
The dissemination of Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy information is intended for educational, motivational, and transformational purposes to hopefully have a positive impact all communities throughout the nation. The Fatherhood Academy is based on principles that tend to remain timeless regardless of a father’s geographical location, economic status, race, religion, sex, age or disability.
The goals of the Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy are:
- Be able to develop a personal spiritual foundation to draw from and use as a compass to direct decision-making and to better apply fatherhood leadership skills when approaching situations
- Have the tools and understand the process to create and implement a full visionary plan
- Be a valuable contributory asset to his community and to his profession
- Contribute, develop, and maintain healthy relationships with the children under his influence
- Increase the level of participation he has in the schools and other important areas of his child’s life
- Have stronger parental and co-parental relationships
- Bond with an Accountability Partner to help one another
- Have access and interaction with the Fatherhood Advisory Team
- Gain support and dedication from father-friendly and family-focused organizations in the community
The essential components of the Father's Time Fatherhood Academy include:
- Men Only – Exclusivity: To offer a succinct and focused training environment, the optimal group size should be 10 to 15 men, and a structured and engaging curriculum that fathers apply immediately is provided.
- Self-assessment – Introspection: The self-assessment is one of the two pillars of the Academy. The self-assessment is an introspection that gives fathers an opportunity to reflect upon their fatherhood history, current fatherhood condition, and identify the legacy they want for their children. This is an opportunity men seldom afford themselves and yet creates exponential growth. The visionary plans allow fathers to strive for fatherhood excellence by setting realistic and measurable goals and effectively work towards them.
- Visionary Plans – Realistic and Measurable Goals: The visionary plan is the other pillar of the Academy. Visionary plans allow fathers to strive for fatherhood excellence by setting realistic and measurable goals, and effectively work towards them.
- Life Values – Holistic Approach to Intervention: Specific discussion on the ten areas listed below with application to the individuals fathering skills. These are incorporated in the self-assessment and visionary plan to promote growth & development in the areas he self-identifies as being deficient. Life Values consist of the following ten areas:
- Father of the Year Award – Accomplishment and Encouragement: The Father of the Year eligibility is based on meeting 10 basic requirements beyond the completion of the Life Values and visionary plans. The ten basic requirements include acts of altruism, letters of support from key stakeholders in the father’s home, professional and social life which include himself, his children, his spouse, and community members. The Father of the Year Award gives fathers a sense of accomplishment and encouragement to maintain a consistent focus on balancing fatherhood with other roles and responsibilities.
- Fatherhood Excellence – Established Best Practice Baldrige Model: The Father’s Time Fatherhood Platform was created based on the Malcolm Baldrige model for performance excellence used in business and government. The Baldrige model is based on an organization’s environment, relationship and, challenges. The Fatherhood platform extends this concept of organization to include the home.
- Advisory Team – Support: Professional assistance in the ten key life value areas and appropriate referrals, when necessary. For example, if a father has identified a problem with drug addiction the adviser available to deal with health may refer to Narcotics Anonymous for further support in overcoming the addiction.
- Spiritual foundation – Moral Grounding: A father’s spiritual values are the foundation of all Life Values and influence every aspect of a father’s life. This area is critical for the success of any father, however, is usually omitted because of its difficulty to present. In addition, spirituality is often confused with religion. Religion can sometimes create division and separation, while spirituality is universal. The multiple meanings of the word value makes this issue more confusing. The Fatherhood Academy’s definition of value does not refer to the worth of an object, but to desirable social constructs such as morals and ethics. What a father values (both positive and negative) will ultimately define and influence his fatherhood journey.
- Fatherhood Academy Journal – Annual Planner: The Fatherhood Academy Journal can be utilized during class and after graduation. It provides resources and tools to help fathers accomplish goals and obtain support when obstacles arise.
- Fatherhood Legacy – Organization/Journaling Activity: Fatherhood Legacy serves as an inspirational and self-revealing composition. Fathers can proceed through the book, writing in answers to 100 thought-provoking questions while in the Academy.
- Fatherhood Support System - Keeping Fathers Engaged:
- Father’s Time Magazine
- Fatherhood Academy Journal
- Web Portal (includes online classes)
- Fatherhood Advisory Team
- Fatherhood Conference, Celebrations, & Workshops
- Facilitator Opportunity
Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:
- Men who are fathers, who act in the role of a father, and to those who are expecting (fathers-to-be)
2-hour weekly sessions
Ten weeks (3 months); total time is 12 weeks when including the orientation class and graduation
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
- Community Daily Living Settings
- Prison or pre-release center
- Religious Organization
Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy includes a homework component:
Men are required to read the manuals and develop visionary plans which often exceed the time allotted in face-to-face sessions. Men are also encouraged to develop their journals while in the class to enhance the core development.
Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy has materials available ina language other than English:
For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
- The meeting room should allow the men to sit in an interactive type of seating arrangement (classroom style and u-shape are the most popular).
- Seating should have a writing surface if possible, i.e.; desktop, conference table, etc.
- Men are encouraged to communicate with other class participants, so making sure the room has plenty of space to circulate is recommended.
- Advisory Team members are invited to speak about their area of expertise before or during a class. Sometimes their presentation is on video so it may be advantageous to have a TV/ DVD, computer or mobile device with video capabilities (i.e.; iPad) on hand.
- AV/ Computer use or internet access is not needed for the facilitation.
- The training materials are delivered in a workbook.
- It is recommended that a flip chart be available for some classroom usage.
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
The minimum requirements to be considered a Father’s Time Facilitator include successful completion of the Fatherhood Academy (therefore must be a man who has performed in the role of father, but it is not required that he be a biological father), a background check, and completion of a one-on-one interview with a Father’s Time staff member. It is not mandatory that a facilitator has a degree from a reputable college or university, but it is preferred. All facilitators must be skilled in effective communication and have a general understanding and passion for working with fathers.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Spencer Holman
phone: (877) 898-9989
Training is obtained:
Training is commonly conducted at the location of the implementer by a Master Facilitator, Facilitator, or an implementer’s staff member who was trained by Father’s Time. The trainings should be in central locations based on the needs and geographic distribution of the participants in need of training.
The implementer’s staff member who wishes to facilitate the Fatherhood Academy must complete the following:
- Certification to teach the Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy curriculum
- Be in good standing with both the implementer and Father’s Time
Candidates that meet the minimum requirements for eligibility, including having gone through the Fatherhood Academy themselves, must then complete the Facilitator Training Workshop, which are normally conducted once a month. During the Facilitator Training Workshop, candidates must satisfactorily complete a Pre- and Post-Facilitation Assessment with a mock class. For the final review, a candidate’s performance and interaction in a class is observed and critiqued by a Master Facilitator. The Father’s Time staff and Master Facilitators meet to review all candidates; the best facilitators are then selected. The Master Facilitators contact each candidate to inform them of the decision.
Once a candidate becomes a Facilitator, he must remain in good standing with Father’s Time, which includes sustained contact with the assigned Master Facilitator, and completion of the required ongoing training. All facilitators must participate in monthly web-based training.
Number of days/hours:
- Facilitator Orientation (2 Hours)
- Fatherhood Academy (20 Hours)
- Facilitator Workshop (1 Day)
- Master Facilitator Workshop (1 Day)
- Monthly Training (30 min to 1 Hour)
- Fatherhood Excellence Workshop (3 Days)
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy.
No reference materials are currently available for Father’s Time Fatherhood Academy.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2015
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2011
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2011