About This Program
Target Population: Fathers, significant others, and at-risk children
For children/adolescents ages: 6 – 17
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 6 – 17
Project Fatherhood has fathers meet in a group setting. There the fathers discuss day-to-day issues involved with parenting their children. The members of the group can only relate to each other in a positive supportive manner. A children’s group and a significant others’ group also meet and do activities at the same time as the fathers’ group.
The goal of Project Fatherhood is:
- Help fathers parent their children in a manner that helps them develop a trusting supportive relationship
The essentials components of Project Fatherhood include:
- 40 hours of training in the fatherhood model
- Recommended group size of 8-12 participants
- Group leaders assessing the fathers, the children, and significant others
- Activities and discussion focusing on the relationship between the father and children
- Non-labeling, non-interpretational, and non-confrontational communication among group members
- Disclosure by all members of the group
- Cover certain specific content areas
- Commitment to process by group leaders and group members
Project Fatherhood directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:
- Self-Esteem, PTSD, and separation and loss
Project Fatherhood directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:
- The relationship between the fathers and their at-risk children
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:
This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Significant others group
90-minute weekly sessions
Open-Ended, 6 to 10 months
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
- Religious Organization
This program does not include a homework component.
Project Fatherhood has materials available in a 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:
Rooms for groups, DVD player, TV, one graduate level mental health professional and 2 other experienced counselor therapists.
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
Master’s level counselor/therapist with 3 years group counseling experience for leading the fathers group.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Hershel K. Swinger, PhD
phone: (213) 385-5100 x1884
Training is obtained:
On-site and at Children's Institute
Number of days/hours:
5 Days, 40 Hours
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 Project Fatherhood.
No reference materials are currently available for Project Fatherhood.
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